Magical Potion Picture

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When the young artists we teach grab onto something with both hands (in the metaphorical sense, but sometimes literally too) we usually let them run with it.

This term in our after school classes that thing has been MAGIC.

And what a Magical Mystery Tour we’ve been on.

SO, without further ado, let us share with you one of our most popular projects.

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Firstly, we gathered our goodies.

Those goodies were; an embroidery hoop, white cotton fabric, permanent markers, isocol (rubbing alcohol), a pipette, some PVA glue and SPARKLES.

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Then we stretched our fabric onto our hoop, making sure it was nice and taut.

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Next up, we added all manner of pattern and shape using the colours we love the most. for some of us, that was ALL of them.

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Then we grabbed our pipettes (one of our fave art tools IN THE WORLD) and carefully dripped on the isocol.

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This bit was particularly MAGICAL as we watched the colours blend bleed and run into each other.

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While we waited for the isocol to finish doing its thing, we used some scissors to trim off the excess fabric to make the edges nice and tidy.

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Then last, but by no means least, we got SPARKLY by gluing on glitter and gems using the PVA glue.

SO pretty.

ABRACADABRA!

<3 Laura and Emily xx

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Sensory Art. Tell me more…

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We, as adults, have been around the block a few times. We’ve seen the sights and smelled the smells. We kind of know what’s going on. We get it. The world is pretty familiar to us. So when we come to making art, we tend to dip into our vast repertoire of life experiences and reinterpret them creatively. For example, Van Gogh loved himself some Sunflowers; and he had a thing for Starry Night(s) too.

Tiny artists on the other hand, are at the very beginning of their lives.

Everything is new to them.

Stop and consider that for a moment.

Everything.

Is.

New.

That concept still gets us every time.

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So how do these little artists start to put together their own repertoire of life experiences?

By immersing themselves in the world and collecting knowledge using ALL their senses.

If you have a toddler in your life, you’ll see this happening every day.

‘What does it feel like when I squish mashed pumpkin into my hair?’

‘Hmmmm, I wonder what dog food tastes like?’

‘What does water look like when I stir tomato sauce and peas into it?’

(Pink, polka dotty potion is the correct answer)

‘CRACK! That spoon on the side of the bowl sounds good. I bet if I piff the bowl at the floor it will sound even better.’

‘Look! A flower! I wonder what it smells like? Hey look! Another one…and another…and another…and another…’

(Seeya later garden)

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When we teach preschoolers at MAKE, we respect their need to be fully involved in their art. Not just visually, but with all five senses.

And it’s a great reminder to us to be more mindful as art makers ourselves. As evidenced to anyone who has caught us up to our armpits in paint, with glitter on our noses.

Happy MAKE-ing!

<3 Laura and Emily x

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Ace Space

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Space is important.

Environment is important.

Don’t you think?

Imagine you are strolling through the landscape on a sunny day, perhaps with a glimpse of ocean and some cheery white puffs of cloud drifting across the big blue sky.

Are you feeling all those good vibes?

Now imagine you are driving through an industrial area, there’s a stench on the breeze from mass produced something or other creeping into your cars vents and you are surrounded by bleak, utilitarian warehouses and sheds.

Not so flash, right?

When we set up our new MAKE space a little while ago, we really poured some love into it. We wanted the good vibes to ooze out of the walls, greet people when they arrived with a cheery, visual “welcome to our place!”

Let us take you on a little pictorial adventure through the creative space we call home…

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Our bespoke, hand painted floor rug is sunshine on a grey day.

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Rainbow chair legs are for sheer delight and hanging plants give that green and clean feeling.

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We love a snuggly nook. It makes a place feel like home.

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This is Fred the Pen Head, he provides pens whenever they are requested.

What a champ.

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Offices have a bad rep for being dull.

Office work is sometimes dull, but the space needn’t be!

Polka dots are ALWAYS a good idea.

As is putting stickers on the MAKErowave (see what we did there?)

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…and lets not forget, this space belongs as much to our students as it does to us.

We love your contributions little artists…they make us SMILE!

<3 Laura and Emily x

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