Have a go at badge making, belt buckle creation, macrame and more. No need to leave your art at home ever again!
Art jewellery and costuming has been an essential part of all cultures, communicating both meaning and value. Since pre-history, the more intricate, ornate or specific the design and the rarer, richer or more prized the material, the greater a person’s status or role has been. From head dresses and crowns, to richly embroidered, beaded and painted cloaks. From elaborate tattoos, to priceless jewels, humans have always appreciated a bit of ‘Bling’.
Art you can wear is both decorative and expressive and can tell us something of the person doing the wearing! From a detailed art badge, hand crafted ‘shrinky’ brooch and macramed stone pendants, to a beautifully painted cotton bandana/scarf, this workshop offers many forms through which your art can shine.
Drawing inspiration from the decorative traditions of jewellery making and fashion design, students will plan their wearable art pieces of choice, learning new skills such as macrame weaving and fabric painting, whilst refining others such as detailed drawing, to create a variety of decorative art pieces.
An art form for over 13,000 years, Scrimshaw is the relatively modern name given by whalers, in the 1750’s, to the practise of carving images into the bone, tooth, tusk and baleen of whales and other mammals. In this workshop, students will enjoy etching their designs into recycled, PVC ‘ivory’.
A pastime of sailors, scrimshaw themes would often be of love and longing, or nautical in nature, with images of lasses, anchors, compasses and ships often featured. The Inuits have their own traditional themes, used to engrave their tools and sculptures, with hunting scenes and fauna frequently featured.
Using our etching tools, students will carve into warmed/softened recycled white plastics (from yogurt and other containers), to create intricate images of their own design. A whale or shark’s tooth? A bone bookmark? Or a token in the form of a heart, eye or circle?
Once cut, engraved and sanded, we will apply a black ink to highlight our line work, followed by a polishing with a stained wax to emulate the effect of ivory, and give a time worn finish to their art piece.
This workshop invites students to rethink familiar materials and capture a little of spring’s exuberance in a dynamic mobile sculpture. Drawing inspiration from the work of Glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, and recycled materials sculptor Aurora Robson, students will create a hanging garden, from upcycled and new materials. Flowers, fruits, foliage and seeds can all feature here. Add birds, bees and some of the buzz and movement of the season.
Cut and heat shape old P.E.T bottles, then paint to form fabulous foliage, birds or beasts which can be strung, to fall through space and move with the breeze.
A bit of abstraction won’t go astray, with whirls of wind, rays of light and rainbows all possible elements, in this sculptural celebration of the season of renewal.
Construct a world in a box with Cities of Light. Dioramas are a great opportunity to try many different art techniques in a day. Design your city street based on photographs, architectural drawings and creative brainstorming. Draw and colour, paint, paste and collage. Cut and reassemble. Model clay, wood, plastic and more to construct the miniature versions of life in your scene. Use a vast range of recycled objects and materials to realise your vision. Glow- in-the -dark paint an option!
Amidst the gloom of our shortening days Catalyst students are lighting the way with our new lantern project.
Developing our design and drawing skills we’ll create magnificent city silhouettes populated with chimneys, spires, domes, turrets, arches and many a window. Adding depth, texture and detail in inks, water colours and pencils on thicker cartridge paper our cities will start to come alive.
Once cut out to reveal the skyline and openings our paper city will be mounted on a recycled plastic frame. Just add some sand and a tealight candle to let your city shine.
An early advertising format: heraldic flags announced the presence, arrival or departure of prominent figures and carried the story of a person’s history, status and power for all to see.
The original communication device: battle flags served to rally the troops, helped to define an army’s territory, signalled actions required and marked both victory and defeat.
Using fabrics, fusing, fabric paint and further embellishments in Creative Catalyst we will create a personal pennant decorated with a crest, badge or coat of arms of our own design so we may proudly fly our own flag.
Step into our Catalyst Apothecary full of the rarest, most bizarre and downright spooky ingredients and specimens one could ever imagine or require for their unique concoctions, blends and brews! To be ready just in time for our up coming ‘Halloaeon’ event at Aeoncademy.
Our Horrible Preserves will tap into our collective fascination with all things eerie. Using polymer clay, paint and other mixed materials we will create a collection of weird objects – think eye of newt, toe of frog and tongue of dog or trolls ears, wolf fangs and dragon claws – to carefully preserve in our own jar of ‘pickling’ complete with hand drawn label.
NOT ONLY are Creative Catalyst mixing their weird and wonderful preserves, but the Sparks are getting involved with their own version of this awesome project, complete with hand-lettered labels, freshly disembodied appendages, and a special mystery goo.
Bags are amongst our earliest artefacts: native peoples prized their medicine, pipe, knife, fire starter and amulet bags.
Like our ancestors, Monday’s Mixed Media class will pay homage to the wonderful utility of the ‘bag’ in it’s many forms as we design, construct and decorate our own quilted bag of holding.
Is it a satchel or a purse? A pouch or a backpack? A saddlebag or a handbag? Does it hold treasures? healing herbs? or secrets?
We will explore the daunting world of sewing: from pattern making to fabric selection, from hand sewing to ironing on our quilted design. Then we’ll add bead work, buttons, straps and cords to finish off our various bags ready for carrying our own precious ‘somethings’.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Theatre! And what’s not to love about the magic of theatre? Step into a world of silhouette and create your own tale of shadowy adventures, drawing inspiration from the work of German animation artist Lotte Reiniger and Australia’s own shadow puppet genius Stephen Mushin.
Working in small teams, we will work collaboratively to make stories for the Shadow Puppet Theatre. Together, we will build scenes (using card and other mixed media -grasses, wool, fabric and more).
These we’ll populate by our own individual shadow puppet characters as we play with design and moving parts to build animate our characters on the screen. A dog with a wagging tail? A wizard on a magic cloud? A walking tree? Anything is possible in this creative mixed media workshop. We will then bring these character creations to life in a tale to be collaboratively developed and performed to the class (and probably the Sparks as well) using our beautiful, red-curtained shadow puppet theatre and lights.
The Sparks will get involved in some of their own Shadowy Puppetry as well – with the same mixed-media construction, to help them understand how shadows and silhouettes work, how we tell stories, and what impact different storytelling mediums have on the tales they tell.
Our earlier dip into Puppetry and Performance produced some stunning results too.
This weekend we will be providing playful opportunities for all ages at the first ever BBQ Festival The Big Smoque in Civic Square (outside Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Legislative assembly).
Many hands have already helped to shape the form of the paper mache beast which awaits adornment in vines, flowers and fruit, horns, claws and more. All using recycled materials this beast is not for Barbecuing!
Our other activity will be the making of the timeless hobby horse/hobby unicorn/ hobby dinosaur- whatever takes your fancy.