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Tintin, the 3 little pigs, and other original stories: Book-making week

Making Books

Kirsty's testimonial

One of the 20 hand-written letters received after running a book-making workshop for 2nd graders at SJII. The best testimonial ever!

Next week, from Oct 31 to Nov 1st, It’s Book-Binding week… in French (French School Holidays!)

If you are older than 8, you can join! You will get a chance to look through my collection of hand-made artist books, and each day, we’ll experiment with a different book-binding strategy.

Whether it’s wood, leather, cloth, fancy paper, hinges, recycling paper, string, rope, all the material will be there to experiment with.

Could you imagine making making a book with just what you find in the forest? We might just step into the backyard and see what we find…

Check out the poster below (details in English here.)

It’s no walk in the park…

… drawing in the jungle is actually hard work.

As today’s Drawing Class and Jungle Workshop got excited about stepping into the backyard, I thought how great it was to have an opportunity to take the kids out when the weather’s not too hot (morning class!), and not to have to walk too far before we could see some quiet nature (and that’s an understatement).

The plan was to study some real leaves, and the general shape of some trees, how things look like from “within” before doing our own drawing, back at the studio.

And of course, it happened. After some running around, watching the monkeys, the ants, and other bugs, kids settled and each drew a few leaves on their own. Then, as concentration grew, children started noticing things. Really small insects, and strange leaves. And then, experimentations! “Would this leaf float? Would it still float if we put stuff on it? Does it slow down? Oh, look at this leaf – it’s got beads of water on it. Wait, the water bounces on it! Let me see, let me see…”

Drawing leads to Experimenting. CQFD. Oh, and nature helps too!

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Rebekah's batik drawingRebekah’s batik drawing

The Drawing Classes in September had fun using paint. I know I always say that my class is DRAWING and observation… but we always start by using a picture. The first step is understanding what medium was used for creating the artwork. And this time, I was using a well-loved postcard of a design by Singapore Batik artist Sarkazi Said Tze. The children were having difficulty finding out what medium was used. I used cues, such as “what are the colur of the lines for the edges?” but still, “Batik” didn’t come out as the answer (for the young ones… the 10 year olds got it instantly).

So, I decided I would give them a chance to try a “resist” technique. The children had to draw white -on-white with wax crayons (tricky!). Then, they used watercolour to fill in their shapes. The younger ones painted directly on unprepared paper, whereas I took time to gesso-prepare the paper for the older ones. For a view of the whole portfolio, check out our Facebook page (it’s easier to share pics there!).

Now, announcing Holiday workshops, starting NEXT WEEK all the way until the end of November… check them out!

Summer Camps 2011

Week I: June 27 – July 1 – Have fun with Watercolors

Lillies, watercolor by Camille (6 years old)

5-day exploration where you can pick up drawing tips, learn about colour and tame the watercolours on paper. An ideal medium for the summer as it is portable…

Location: Gardenia Studio

Schedule: 9:30am-12:30pm

For: 5-12 year olds

Fees: $400 (inc. all material)

Week II: July 4 – July 8 – Learn Printmaking

Linocut print by Jesse (9 years old)

Explore the various types of printmaking from relief printing to intaglio, using a real press, but also silk-screen-printing. Printmaking allows you to produces beautiful designs even without drawing skills, and there is an element of surprise in the result that you will never tire of marveling at…

Location: Gardenia Studio

Schedule: 9:30am-12:30pm

For: 7-14 year olds

Fees: $500 (inc. all material)

 10,11,12 August (am) : Jungle Drawing

Animals in the Garden by Students (7 years old)

Introduction to drawing, on the theme of the jungle. Each half-day is divided into drawing time and craft time. We start with an introduction to drawing for beginners. The second half of each session is craft-time:
 Paint a canvas and silk-screen print your own design on a T-shirt
On the last day of camp, parents are invited to come in at 12.30pm, for an exhibition: it’s sharing time. The little artists get a chance to discuss their work (drawing, painting and silk-screen) with the visitors.

Location: Hollandse Club

Schedule: 9:30am-1pm

For: 4-8 year olds

Fees: $Price differs for members of the club and non-members  Please check with the club for exact pricing

10, 11, 12 August (pm): Book-Making

Various small books made by myself.

During this camp, the participants get exposed to different ways of making a book, and assembling pages together. In parallel, children will learn to design and make their own stamps to illustrate their story. Finally, each participant will be encouraged to explore their own preferred book design to tell their story.
On the last day, the books will be exposed and stories shared. Parents are invited to come and view the exhibition and share the exhibited works from 5pm onwards.

Location: Hollandse Club

Schedule: 2pm – 5.30pm

For: 6-12 year olds

Fees: $Price differs for members of the club and non-members  Please check with the club for exact pricing

Regular Drawing Classes

Regular Drawing will resume in September. If you have expressed an interest in joining the class, you will receive a notice in August with the details of timing. You can also check back here for more info in late August.


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