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Lisa Larson Flygplan

Amongst Sweden’s better known exports are Abba, Volvo and Ikea… and then there’s Lisa Larson, a ceramicist and designer.

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Some of her better known mid-century sculptures include Small Zoo (1955), ABC-girls (1958), Africa (1964) and Children of the World (1974–75). We based this craft activity on Flygplan (Airplane) from the 70s.

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DIY Flygplan with cardboard & watercolours

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Blinky Bill

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Penned by Dorothy Wall in the early 1930’s, Blinky Bill is a cheeky fictional koala.

 Not content to doze and munch on gum leaves all day long, he lugs about a tucker bag and slingshot and gets up to all manner of mischief…

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Yoram Gross & Blinky Bill

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This is my watercolour Blinky Bill

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He’s a little geriatric looking, possibly pondering the ‘when I was a young koala….’

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Kangaroo Carousel

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.

Well put George Elliot! Clearly you’ve not experienced the ‘adventure’ of life indoors with two kids… during school holidays! Yessir, that’s 14 consecutive days of non stop “mama I’m bored.” And so one must take the adventure outside. We went bush…

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we went beach…

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Now back home and daughter is still yabbering on about kangaroos and carousels, so we merged the two for this craft activity…

KANGAROO CAROUSEL

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Kids colour in kangaroos whilst unicorn waits patiently

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Cardboard carousel top

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Pipe cleaners passed through straws

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 Kangaroo Carousel!

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Raining Cats and Dogs

Back in the day when ‘forsooth’ and ‘uncouth’ were in common use, cats and dogs sought warmth and shelter in the thatched roofs of village folk. When the heavens opened, the downpour would flush out the four legged from their comfy hidey holes, and thus was borne the saying ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’. This is one of the many theories of the origins of this phrase.

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It’s raining cats & dogs in water colour pencils

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Leo

Who doesn’t love a good Chuck Norris joke? Gravity is Space’s way of keeping Chuck Norris away from it. Chuck Norris makes Newtons apple fall up. Well move over Chuck and make way for William Bonnet.

Wills character Leo is one fit fella, equipped with a musical suitcase and what looks like many years of devoted yoga practice, he performs on stage a. while you watch the inverted projected version on stage b. This physical theatre “suitable for ages 8 to 108″, starts with a musical collage. From Sinatra to soul Leo dances and defies gravity.

leo anti gravityIn the middle part Leo turns the slapstick down a notch and chalks it up as the production slows down its pace. This is where my seven year old rested her eyes a little (although I suspect this had more to do with the walk to and from Wooloomooloo for a one metre pizza!)

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We were still plenty entertained as Leo ventured underwater. Things started to get sombre with a good dose of trippy video projection to display Leo’s ability to scale walls and hang from ceilings too before turning to his trusty suitcase for a Mary Poppins style exit.

Thankyou Arts Rocket http://www.artsrocket.blogspot.com.au/ for a great afternoon out!

LEO

28 June 2014 – 13 July 2014 at the Sydney Opera House


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DIY Photo Transfer

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. Nat King Cole crooned this pearl of wisdom back in 1948 and it still rings true. For those of us who have the daily joy of parenting, there are moments where you don’t feel the love in return…

tantrum art1My crime…turn off Frozen and get ready for bed NOW! This lovely piece is blu tac’d to daughters bedroom door. Time to go tantrum art!

DIY PHOTO TRANSFER

Pick a photo of your beloved. Photocopy and enlarge in B & W.

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Lightly tape your photocopy (picture facing down) onto your canvas board. Wear disposable gloves and head outdoors. Dip your blender pen into turps and rub pen tip in small wax on, wax off circles on the back of the paper on the parts where you’d like the image to transfer. It starts to look translucent. 

dip in turpsThe image transferred over a little faint. Xylene makes for a stronger image transfer, but is a more hazardous solvent to work with. Citra-Sol is apparently a safer alternative.

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Colour in with oil pastels then thin out with mineral turps for a watercolour effect. You could use linseed oil instead if you desire a less flammable work of art (or work with oil/ acrylic paints.)

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Felt for letters…

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Blu tac to door and feel the love!

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