I have a job which I never knew existed until applying for it. And I am very happy to say I love my work. My hands may never be dainty again, but I like getting messy (in a productive and creative kind of way) in whatever I do so ink stained fingernails and paint on all my clothing is an easy compromise. I am a travelling primary school visual art teacher. I work for a company called RAW ART which are contracted to both state and private schools to supplement and boost existing art programs. I work at a different school nearly every day with children aged 5 to 13ish. We have a curriculum of lessons from which schools nominate a 1 1/2 hour session. I travel all over Brisbane in my ute (so have a pretty good handle on the Brisbane road system and the Southside is not so dark and scary now...) and as far north as Childers, west to Toowoomba and south to Burleigh Heads. Here are some of the things we've made:
1 and 2 Reduction prints. These are actually some I made with 6/7 kids
3 This Picasso lesson is wonderful as you just can't go wrong. I always remind the children not to worry if it turns out a big wonky... that's perfect for picasso style (year 4/5)!
4 I did a contract at a local primary school where the year 4's did these delightful portraits.
5 Can you recognize which fairytales these are from? Year 2
6 Left hand side are prints by a year 1 girl. I love how little ones can make something beautiful from something as simle as a triangle. Looks jellyfishy to me. Right hand side screen print by a clever year 4 boy. Love the birdies crest.
7 Having learnt some fantastic tecnniques through staff training days, every now and then I do a little something myself at home. This bicycle screen print was for a card for Alice's 21st birthday (I found 'prepare to dance' in a magazine and thought that was a nice sentiment about bike riding) and the Beth and Ben reduction print for an engagement card. I simply engraved into an old styrofoam meat tray with a blunt pencil. So simple!