Junior Masterclass (11–15 January 2021)
Junior Masterclass with Jane du Rand and Nadine Schmoll: 9–5pm (11–15 January 2021).
Following on from Jane du Rand's Masterclass for adults, we are launching our Junior Masterclass for kids with Jane du Rand and Nadine Schmoll! Drop your kids off at Plant Empire in January for a week of full-day art and nature activities designed to switch off devices and switch on creativity and engagement with the outside world.
Just like the adults' Masterclass, kids will produce a full professional art installation featuring ceramics and mosaics, to be installed at the Station Road Creative Precinct at Yeerongpilly on permanent display. They will learn how to paint, create ceramics and mosaics, as well as environmental art using repurposed plastics. Kids will leave a large installation behind, but take home with them moulds of ceramic plants and animals that they can re-use for future creations.
Jane du Rand and Nadine Schmoll’s ceramics, mosaic and environmental sculptural art combine a range of technical and artistic skills to bring the natural world to life within urban environments. It is this approach that they bring to this new children’s art class program.
Each day, children will learn new artistic skills around a central theme which encourages children to appreciate beauty and life in the world around them. The art theme for this art camp will be Living together: Australian rainforest plants and animals, which children will explore through step-by-step exercises in mediums that include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculptures, and mosaics. Kids will also undertake walks and cultural excursions designed to enhance their learning experience and to deliver exhausted bodies back to parents at the end of the day, including a special day trip to the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World (ticket included in registration fee).
The daily program for this art camp includes:
Monday: Painting and Drawing.
- In the morning, we paint the background layers of our mural using special mural paint.
- Afterwards, we go for a walk through Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens to look for birds and see how rainforest plants grow and collect ideas and drawings for making our ceramic leaves and sculptures for our mural.
- In the afternoon, we draw large-scale birds and plants based on our field sketches and transfer our drawings onto the mural panels.
Tuesday: Clay making.
- In the morning, we create ceramic birds and rainforest plants in clay based on our drawings.
- Afterwards, we create moulds from our ceramic pieces in order to make many more pieces for our mural.
- In the afternoon, we learn about the impact of plastics on the environment as part of a fun game and make three-dimensional plants, flowers and vines from repurposed waste materials to decorate our mural.
Wednesday: Mosaics & Bird World.
- In the morning, we make mosaic birds based on our designs.
- Afterwards, we make a trip to Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World to practise our bird watching and drawing skills.
- We head back to the studio in the late afternoon to finish off our mosaics.
Thursday: Glazing & Sculptures.
- In the morning, we glaze our bird and plants tiles and load them into the kiln for firing.
- Afterwards, we make some more three-dimensional plants and birds using repurposed materials to decorate our mural.
- In the afternoon, some of the group will continue with mosaic making, while the rest will make more plastic decorations for our mural.
Friday: Installation & Presentation.
- In the morning, we grout our mosaics and start attaching all our ceramics, mosaics and environmental sculptures that we made during the week to our mural.
- Afterwards, we clean the grout, continue attaching decorative pieces and touch up painting.
- In the afternoon, we install the panels on the wall and make finishing touches to the installation.
- Finally, we reveal the finished installation to our friends and family and sit back to enjoy our work over a cool drink.
About Jane and Nadine
Jane du Rand is passionate about working with children and teaching them how to use art to engage with the world around them in creative ways. As a successful professional artist, trained architect, and avid nature lover, Jane’s lessons combine art, technique and nature in a welcoming and supportive learning environment. She has developed and delivered numerous international children’s art programs over the last three decades, including regular workshops, school-based art projects, and community art installations.
Nadine Schmoll is an artist and educator whose work spans art and science to create wearable art, sculptures and installations. She is inspired by plant, animal and human interactions and uses repurposed materials to create art, while also using art to engage people on issues relating to waste and sustainability.
All tools and materials are included in the course cost, as well as the costs for glazing and firing the ceramic pieces. Each day's program will include regular quiet sessions for the children to rest and rebuild their energy for the next session. We will have healthy snacks for kids to munch on during breaks, but please pack lunch for your child each day, as well as snacks if your child has allergies.
Price: $495/445.50 (register more than one child and receive a 10% discount).