art for all

cows and elephants

This week I am officially obsessed. The school art show is on this weekend and I am waking up at 5am thinking about what I need to do next and jumping out of bed to add to my lists.

On the weekend so many people came to the working bee and did great stuff at school. Like reinstalling Milkshake. Milkshake is the fibreglass cow that lives in the schoolyard. But her horns were broken off a while ago, and she has been out of commission. Recently she was repaired and then her horns were re-painted by the grade 6 kids last week, and she has triumphantly returned on a patch of fake grass.

This grass is the recycled element of the post. It has been sitting around at school for 5 years. And now it is being used. Hooray. It looks so good.

And then if having Milkshake back wasn’t thrill enough, a 420kg 3 metre high elephant arrived on Sunday night! On a car trailer.

Clive took this snippet of video of it travelling through the Burnley Tunnel.  Geoffrey Ricardo has kindly loaned the school ‘The End, The Beginning’ for Art4All. It looks so fabulous in the school grounds.

The kids have been in heaven. They’ve spent lunchtime lying out on the grass and playing with the cow and/or enthusiastically ringing the bell inside the elephant.

Art4 All is going to be great this year!

chairs, chairs, chairs – ideas


inspiration spotted at The Emporium in the city

Every year at Art4All we have a chair auction. Parents and family are invited to make, reinvent or decorate a chair for the auction.  Usually we have around 10 or so chairs up for grabs on opening night.  Sometimes, if parents are FAMOUS artists, and they decorate a chair, people spend heaps of money on them.  Other years chairs go for more modest prices.  But still, the auction makes a couple of thousand dollars and enables anyone in the school community who has a good idea to have a go.

I have entered chairs every year that my kids have been at the school and I love thinking about what to make.  Usually I am just inspired from home magazines.  Whenever I open one I think … there’s a good idea.  One year I made a map chair when they were first in Home Beautiful.  Then I made a chair out of hessian when hessian was all the rage in Inside Out.  I have done some screen printing and some tea towel chairs.  And this year I am still looking at my pile of hard covered books to make my book chair, but feeling a little daunted.

Here is some other inspiration I have been contemplating (yes it is my chair inspiration page on pinterest).   So many great ideas out there!

And here are some of the chair options I have hanging around (literally in some cases) at home.

I am feeling the need to produce something … and the need to get cracking on this project.