Well the end of another year is here and it’s time to put up the tree and set up our lights and painted Santas, elves, snowmen and assorted other creatures out the front of our house. This year will be the grandest yet with a new painting of Santas house, lots more spotlights and hopefully more fake snow!
Great fun for the kids and all the Xmas lights’sightseers ( and for us of course!)
Thanks so much to all the wonderful schools and libraries who have asked me to visit this year! It is a great honour to share the love of art,story and creativity with so many and the enthusiasm of all involved keeps me enthusiastic!
Three special highlights for me since I last posted-
First-A day of manga at St Stephens College Coomera, which was just sensational. Year 9′s from St Stephens and two other schools filled the large auditorium, we had Japanese teachers dressed as ninjas and traditional Japanese ladies and a very responsive group of young Nihongo students!
I was also dressed in traditional gear and we did lots of different manga drawing exercises and out-there concept art experiments. The highlight for me was when the native Japanese teachers gave us a demonstration of authentic accents ranging from super sweet girls to rough working class ‘blokes’. Great fun and very funny! Many thanks to Danielle Goucher and staff ( and thanks for the lovely Japanese lunch too!)
My second highlight was being commisioned to paint a manga themed painting for PLC ( Presbyterian Ladies College) Melbourne. I painted it in acrylics on Arches hot pressed watercolour paper and couriered the finished painting to Melbourne last week. I will post images of the work next.
Excitingly PLC has invited me to come back to Melbourne early in 2014 to present the framed work to the school
Special thanks to Genevieve Lynch, Head of Library Services PLC ( a truly impressive library about which I have raved previously).
Third- A really great day at Churchie, the prestigious Church of England Grammar School, in Brisbane. My first workshop was for the boys studying Japanese, a very keen group who knew quite a bit of the language and who enthusiastically drew all the characters I presented, especially Naruto ( their age!) and my double handed and scribble concept art.
In the afternoon for the first time ever I ran a kung fu workshop for the studnets of Chinese at Churchie. We had a great time, I talked about the history of kung fu and it’s history in Australia, we drew ‘Kung Fu Panda” characters and then I demonstrated some of the style I am experienced in- Wing Chun Kung Fu.
The boys loved it and all 70 of us ended up outside performing the advanced Bil Jee form! Big thanks to May Kwan and Winnie ( and the other terrific language experts)for all your good work organizing this unique event!
Once again Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year!