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Kids taking photos

Kids see grown-ups taking photos and want to copy. We can help them with the dangers and delights of becoming a cyber-savvy photographer creating clever digital imagery - and turning some into artworks!

All round the world, kids are taking a break from formal education, whether...

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Massive Marvels

The Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza… How and why were these huge structures built? 

I was thinking about these well-known but diverse icons as INDEPENDENCE DAY and...

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Our Connections to the Curriculum

The new website

Artventure has many sides to it, evolving over the years based on the needs of our members and feedback from the community. Starting as an online environment full of videos encouraging children to draw, this grew to include lessons for teens as well. We never stop learning and our...

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Wabi Sabi - Beauty in Imperfection

Hmmm...  Wabi Sabi and Wasabi? Just to clarify - both originate in Japan, both have a connection with nature. Wasabi is a plant from which a spicy condiment is made to add to foods. On the other hand, Wabi Sabi is a sensitive approach to aesthetics, a way of seeing beauty in things...

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Boating with Kids

For kids, boating can bring such pleasure. Boats in the bath. Boats in the pool, the creek, lakes, rivers… So many different shapes and sizes. From boats to ships. Watching ships transporting cargo as they leave for far away ports, going from country to country. People holidaying on yachts...

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Slow Processes

It’s a risky thing, as an emerging artist, to choose to create artworks that are slow to make and/or evolve. In a way, it feels like a deliberate act of defiance against the fast-paced risk-reward systems that contemporary society seems to prize. The artist is making a statement about the...

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Bunnies v Bilbies

This image is from the Australian Museum, where you can find some teaching materials.

The Bilby is a native Australian animal sometimes called a rabbit-bandicoot because it has a long nose like a bandicoot and big ears like a rabbit. It is for this reason that some Australians consider replacing...

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Connect to a Sketchbook

The heading of this blog is a play on a phrase found on the website www.sketchbookproject.com The project is run by not-for-profit organisation the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. The idea behind the Sketchbook Project came about in 2006 and the library has been operating as a storytelling...

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Farewell Hossein Valamanesh

On January 22, 2022, a contemporary Iranian-Australian artist of exceptional vision, who lived and worked in Adelaide passed away. He was 72. The image that heads this blog is untitled, yet even without a title to suggest its meaning, this sculptural installation has stayed with me since 1999...

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Illustrating the Olympic Ideals

The Winter Games - Celebrations and Inspirations

Just what we need - something to celebrate as people from around the world come together in the spirit of fun and fair play striving to achieve personal best sporting performances: uniting countries across the globe for a positive purpose.

The...

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Growing with Change

Change is a natural part of life. However, children are experiencing a greater than usual number of these at the moment due to the CoVid-19 pandemic: restrictions in numbers and venues for birthday parties, limitations on seeing extended family, people wearing masks, lockdowns,...

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Culinary Artists: Fun with Food

Culinary Art is food art - preparing and presenting it in creative ways. Many of us enjoy watching MasterChef and other food-related programs on TV, or searching for video clips to learn more about presenting food. Could fun with food presentation, using art, encourage a better understanding and...

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Fibre, Fabric, Fashion: The Making of Clothes

The creation of clothes to protect us from the effects of changing weather conditions, harsh elements in the environment and potential injury was born out of necessity but, even from the very earliest records, what was worn reflected gender, body type, age and location. 

Understanding the...

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The Art of Travel and the Design of Transport

From the dawn of time people have travelled from one place to another. We may move in centimetres, inches, yards, metres, miles, kilometres or, digitally, in pixels on a screen. Through developments in technology, modes of transport have evolved enormously: from wheels to wings, on water and...

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Our Connection with Places

During the CoVid-19 pandemic, our homes have at times become our world. Whether by choice or, more likely, restrictions we have become more acutely aware of how our place looks and feels, and the facilities it offers us when we can barely go anywhere else. This connection with Place may...

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Rediscovering Hilma af Klint

I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts during the Pandemic that these are strange and unsettling times to be living through. It happens from time to time that an artist’s work, created in another era altogether, and sometimes almost completely forgotten, can be found again when the...

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Living Sculptures - Playing with Plants

Viewing some of the amazing and beautiful gardens in Japan during the Tokyo Olympics brought to mind the role art and design can play in the way we manipulate and interact with plants. I thought of Bonsai and discovered Niwaki. I wondered about how clipping and shaping plants into artistic...

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Emerging artists in the age of digital and social media

This is a really important question, as the reality is, that even if you do not use any form of social media, the platforms are out there constantly changing the way the world at large is perceived.

For visual artists and designers, social media provides a bridging link between what they do, how...

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Artistry of the Olympics

Did you know that medals were awarded for art in the early Modern Olympics? Or that there is an organisation that supports Olympians who are also artists? And what’s the Cultural Olympiad?

We tend to associate the Olympics with sport and athleticism. But there is a strong undercurrent of...

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Drawing on Farm Life

My childhood was spent in country towns with family and friends living on farms: dairy, potato, wheat, sheep… As a teenager I accompanied my father as he travelled outback Australia in a 4WD visiting the remote cattle stations. Country life, particularly farm life, involves a lot of...

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Art Activities in Autumn

In Australia, Autumn is from March to May. This cooler season between Summer and Winter is referred to as Fall in America and, being in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs from September to November.

Wherever you are, this is a colourful time when the leaves on the deciduous trees turn from green to...

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What is it about water?

We need it. We use it. We play with it.

We want to live by the sea and holiday by the river. We build bridges to go over it and boats to go on it. We create dams and weirs to collect it. We need it for drinking and cooking, washing and cleaning. Architects, engineers, designers and inventors are...

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Babies in Art

We have a new baby in our family! So I started thinking about how our growing family like to take pictures of the children and their antics. When our extended family is together, there are lots of photos and I was reflecting on what it is about babies and infants that we find so appealing....

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Dance into the Light

There was a mid 19th century American art movement called “Luminism” (what a great word!) that dealt principally with light in landscape painting. The movement was characterised by the effects of light in the landscape, of light that washed the painted plane with an...

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