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The Regeneration Project, Wendy Goldstein & Sue Lennox

Turn on, tune in and drop out. The average American child spends 44 hours a week watching TV, whilst Australian kids spend twice as much time watching TV than they do reading a book. It’s a way of life now, it’s on in the background, it’s on during bath time and as you’re juggling the kids and making dinner. Children are spending less time outdoors and more time looking at a screen. In 1995, Richard Louv coined the term ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ to describe this disengagement of children from nature.

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If children spend less time in nature early in life, they’re less likely to care for nature as adults. In this increasingly digital age, how looks the future for nature?

Wendy Goldstein and Sue Lennox (from Macquarie University & Oz Green) have partnered to launch a project called The Re Generation Project, that is asking what can be done to reconnect young people with nature. They’re calling for young people to share their ideas on https://www.facebook.com/theregeneration.inspirenature

Nature’s not a destination, it’s as close as your own backyard!

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So out we went, into the backyard to play and pick our small stash of plants for our pressed plant terrariums.

DIY PRESSED PLANT TERRARIUM

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Draw out your terrarium onto thick sheets of white paper, painting in a little dirt. Glue plants onto your terrarium and layer over with clear contact. Press down over the contact with your hands then cut out.

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The kids making their pressed plant terrariums

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 Other nature craft ideas… with leaves

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Schrödinger’s cat

Curiosity killed the cat… some of the time.

Back in 1935, there was a widely accepted theory amongst physicists when it came to teeny, tiny things not visible to the eye. They agreed that since you can’t see them, it’s possible they could be in state x or state y, so let’s say they’re both, in two states at the one time (the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum mechanics).

An Austrian physicist called Erwin Schrodinger thought this to be reductio ad absurdum (absolutely whack). He put the theory to life size terms to illustrate his point, this became known as Schrodinger’s cat. The thought experiment goes; What happens when you put a cat in a box with a vial of poison and a trigger. How does kitty fare?

According to the accepted thought at the time, since you can’t see the cat, either possibility is valid, cat is both dead AND alive. When you open the lid reality collapses to one possibility or the other. Until that moment, it’s undead kitty.

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This led to all sorts of other theories about parallel possible realities… but that’s another story altogether!

DIY UNDEAD CATS

drawing schrodings cat

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Zombie Cat Straw Toppers

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For more of my Halloween crafts –

https://speckledsydney.wordpress.com/category/halloween/


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Who is Miroslav Váša?

Who is Miroslav Váša? More elusive than John Galt, I could find little info on this Czechoslovakian Illustrator.

I stumbled across his haunting Halloween illustrations in Bohuslav Březovský: The Mysterious Castle (1969).

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Bohuslav Březovský

Bohuslav Březovský The Mysterious Castle Svojanov

Radovan Krátký: Bubáci / The Bugaboos Or Little Natural History Of The Spooks, Ghosts And Phantoms (1961).

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Ghoulish? Macabre? A little disturbing.

Miroslav Váša

Born, lived and died in the Czech Republic 16.5.1920 to 14.8.1996

Illustrator, Typographer, Graphic Designer.

Other illustrated books by Miroslav Váša:

Pisen Pisni, 1956

Pisen Pisni, 1956 Il MV

Mlady Technik, 1962

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Kraj Dvoji Oblhy, 1969

Ilustrace: Miroslav Váša, 1969

Dobrodruzstvi Prostopasnic, 1973 

1973 Ilustrace Miroslav VÁŠA

 


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Chrissy Lau inspired coat hangers

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein

Well Chrissy Lau is one clever clogs. Leaving England for sunny Sydney, this lady has a law degree and is a self-taught artist. This is a mural she created around the theme of change.

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 Her illustrations are intricate and pretty.

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 I saw a few of these by Chrissy Lau at the local shops recently…

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and thought to make something similar with water colour paints for our hangers at home!

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Piranhas!

Disney…

Disney Lambert

 Charley Harper…

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Nature is brutal, it’s eat or be eaten as Anaconda and Jaguar battle it out. Charley Harper makes the battle for life and limb look so elegant.

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Poor cow, tongue out, eaten alive by sleek black Piranhas as butterfly peacefully flutters by.

At the moment am painting with salt and watercolours. Piranhas with gnashing ferocious little teeth.

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Hole punched for daring little fingers!

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Monster Straw Toppers

With Halloween only a few days away, are you expecting ghoulish guests with sugar pangs, wings and fangs?

Dr. Frankenstein's Monster Drawing Machine, by Michael Slack

Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster Drawing Machine, by Michael Slack

Being Australian we’re doing a pre trick or treat BBQ (any excuse to fire up the old stack of bricks!) This is the craft activity we’ll have on hand for the little zombies, witches and ghost busters. Cardboard monsters on paddle pops for the kids to colour in.

Paddle pop monsters to colour inInspired by these Alisa Burke toilet roll monsters, straw toppers to keep the little monsters hydrated.

Alisa Burke toilet roll monsters

What’s happening with the aqua roll in the middle? Looks like he’s about to blow his top!

Alisa Burke inspired monster straw toppers

Pastel pencils used, coloured in by daughter.

A few of my own characters…

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Printable Monsters

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Copy, cut and colour

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Glue to straws with craft glue

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Just add juice and enjoy!

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Halloween Window Display

Dancing in a red dress, out on the wiley, windy moors, Kate Bush eerily sang the haunting tale of Wuthering Heights…
Heathcliff, it’s me–Cathy.
Come home. I’m so cold!
Let me in-a-your window.

Inspired by the Emily Bronte novel and an Elena Originals Cathy Doll, I set about making a haunting Halloween window display.

cathyStarted off by sketching Cathy onto tracing paper then transferred her to brown cardboard. Used stencil knife to make a Cathy stencil.

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Lightly glued the stencil onto a large sheet of butchers paper and made a black acrylic paint and water mix (1:10) and sprayed over the stencil. The ghost of Cathy, tormenting Heathcliff to his dying day…

6 black spraypaint cathyThe brown cardboard bled into the backing paper. Cathy was turning into a vampire!

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A banner and a bunch of hanging garlic later and this is what will greet my trick or treaters this year!

halloween window display

Next post will have photos of Halloween decorations and a few how to’s. Here’s a taste..

How to make little witchy hat, click here…

http://mykidcraft.com/little-witchy-hat

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