magic object: skateboard magic

Hello! 🙂

It pays to subscribe to the Art Gallery of SA’s email list… Through it I found out about a deck painting workshop hosted by local artist Joshua Searson, as part of the Magic Object: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art exhibition. I have a small (and growing!) collection of (skateboard) deck art, and thought why not add to it by creating something myself?

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I roped in my fiancé – who typically prefers music making to art making 😉 – and off we went. We did not have a set plan for what we would create on our decks, though I had hoped we would come out with something we can display in our future home.

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After some thought, he suggested that we create an image across two decks, so that our individual decks formed one image. I thought this was a clever idea.

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Fiancé hard at work!
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Hiiiii! It’s me. 🙂

It was interesting to see how the imagery on the decks developed. Spontaneous ideas, “oops” moments and discussion led to a unique end result. It was the first joint art making activity I have engaged in with my fiancé and a bit of a magic moment for me (haha I couldn’t resist an opportunity for a lame joke! ;)).

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The artworks of each participant were varied and truly showed that one is only limited by imagination when decorating a deck! I think that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

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The workshop was a positive art making experience, a unique opportunity to learn about and from a local artist, and excellent value for money. I strongly recommend you check out any future workshops the Art Gallery of SA runs – I know I will be! 🙂

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You can also find out more about our workshop host, Joshua, and his art here.

What do you think of our decks?
Have you tried creating deck art, or own some deck art?
What do you think of this trend?

 

leaf mandala

Hi everyone! Apologies for the delay in writing. I have lots of ideas but not as much free time as I would like to sit down to write and photograph. I would rather blog less often and create interesting, quality posts for you guys than publish a half-hearted post every couple of days, so my ideas for new posts will eventually appear! 🙂

I recently led my classmates through an activity which we all enjoyed doing. So I thought I would share it with you here! 🙂 You can complete this task alone or alongside others. The inspiration for this activity is from the blog  Creativity in Therapy, and the nature and meditative and mindful aspects of it really appeal to me.

You will need paper (I used A3, but A4 is fine too), a leaf (or leaves, it’s up to you really), a pencil or marker to draw the circle for the mandala as well as trace around the leaf, and art materials of your choice to colour the mandala in later.

Here’s mine from start to finish:

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I know it seems a bit messy – I had to fold it up and place inside one of my books to bring home from class.

Give it a go – it is a great way to spend an hour! 🙂

If you try it, please show me a photo of what you have created in the comments below. 🙂