Mini Art Adventures | 2-4 years
Float, Flutter & Fly with Michelle Day
23 February – 29 March 2020
Let’s explore the wondrous world of flight and propulsion with birds, flying insects, aeroplanes, rockets and helicopters, as well as hot air balloons and clouds that can float on the breeze. We will use recycled and natural materials and use processes of binding, wrapping, painting, drawing, foam printing and building 3D forms and develop motor skills, coordination and problem solving along the way. We will learn about flight through stories and interactive play and will create bird collages, interactive helicopter sculptures from recycled materials, wearable butterfly wings to float and flutter between the flowers, a whimsical hanging mobile of hot air balloons and clouds, colourful printed works on paper of flying machines. We will finish the term with a vibrant and celebratory kite that will fly high into the sky.
About Michelle Day
Michelle Day is an Australian based sculptor and installation artist. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several prestigious grants. Michelle completed her MFA (by research) at Chiang Mai University in 2017 and her Bachelor of Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art and Design in 2009, in Textiles and Sculpture. Michelle’s work focuses on the organic world and the wonders of nature – the beautiful and the uncomfortable. She often creates her work from translucent, delicate materials paired with illumination.
Week 1: Bird Collages
Let’s be inspired by the beauty and colours of birds and learn about how they fly through the air. Perhaps we can imagine ourselves as birds flying through the sky while creating beautiful collages of birds with colourful papers, feathers and paint on paper. What kind of bird will you create?
Week 2: Recycled Sculpture: Helicopters
What else can fly but doesn’t have wings? Let’s think about different machines and animals that fly with propellers. Let’s create some real and imagined machine and animal sculptures from recycled materials with moving parts such as propellers and wings; perhaps your sculpture has both.
Week 3: Wearable Butterfly Wings
Let’s read a magical story about tiny creatures with wings and delve into the micro world of flying insects. We will make colourful and whimsical butterfly wings to wear by collaging with paper and cellophane. Let’s float like butterflies, buzz like bees and dance from flower to flower.
Week 4: Printing Flying Machines
Let’s learn about how rocket ships and aeroplanes are propelled through the air and through space. Let’s gather our paint, foam, rollers, and pencils to create some beautiful prints on paper from techniques of engraving into foam sheets.
Week 5: Soft Sculpture: Balloons
What floats up, up into the sky? Hot air balloons? clouds? Blimps? Let’s create a whimsical hanging mobile of soft sculpture hot air balloons and clouds through processes of sticking, colouring and binding.
Week 6: Kite Decorating
Let’s finish the term with a wondrous a ray of colourful celebratory kites to float and fly high in the sky. We will have fun decorating and painting our kites creating stamped patterns and textures with homemade art-tools, found objects and recycled materials. I can’t wait to see your vibrant, wild and eye-popping patterns.
All materials will be provided.
Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop. We require parents or guardians to attend Mini Art Adventures workshops. Should you find that your chosen class is full, please add yourself to the waiting list on Eventbrite and you will be contacted if a place becomes available.
Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.