Junior Masterclass (12–19 January 2022)
Junior Masterclass with Jane du Rand: 9–5pm (12–19 January 2022).
Following on from the phenomenal success of Jane du Rand's Junior Masterclass in 2021, we are again running this course for kids during this year's summer holidays! Drop your kids off at Plant Empire in January for 6 days 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 ceramic and mosaic art combines a range of technical and artistic skills to bring the natural world to life within urban environments. It is this approach that she brings 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 Knowing our native creatures, 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 on-site wildlife incursion from the Wildcall Wildlife Show who will bring real live animals for the children to see, touch (optional!) and get to know (ticket included in registration fee).
The daily program for this art camp includes:
Wednesday 12 January: Painting and Drawing.
- In the morning, 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.
Thursday 13 January: 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 birds from repurposed waste materials to fashion into mobiles for our own gardens.
Friday 14 January: Wildlife Incursion & Making.
- In the morning, we welcome the Wildcall team who will bring their collection of wild animals for us to look at and touch if we want to. We will learn about how these animal live in the wild and what people can do to help protect their natural environments.
- Afterwards, we practise different ways of looking at animals and drawing them from life.
In the afternoon, we create animals out of mosaics and ceramics based on our drawings of the morning's visitors.
Monday 17 January: Glazing & Sculptures.
- In the morning, we glaze our bird and plants tiles and load them into the kiln for firing.
- Afterwards, we form small groups and plan a stop-motion animation on paper (storyboard) with our ceramic pieces as characters and a message about conservation.
- In the afternoon, we will work on our group mosaic mural.
Tuesday 18 January: Installation & Presentation.
In the morning, we will produce our stop-motion conservation movies.
In the afternoon, we will work to finish our group mosaics and present and discuss the animations to our classmates.
Wednesday 19 January: Installation & Presentation.
- In the morning, we grout our mosaics and start attaching all our ceramics and mosaics 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.
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.
All tools and materials are included in the course cost, along with the cost of kiln-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: $595 / 535.50 (register more than one child and receive a 10% discount).