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Art Club

Bark painting

Bark painting

There's an amazing 100 year old gum tree in our town which gifted its skin to us, the bark that is. A friend suggested it would make a good art club theme, which of course it did. Hints of aboriginal art came to mind.                      

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Oamaru stone carving

Oamaru stone carving

Oamaru stone is the greatest stone as it's soft and yet resistant. The artists learnt a lot about the qualities of this medium exploring with tools like chisels, files and sanding equipment. The best tools we found were files of a coarse grade. The ideas flowed and the sun shone, thank goodness!                    

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Softcut printing

Softcut printing

Using softcut is a great alternative to lino as its soft as the name suggests. We used the dandelion as a reference to begin but the artists launched off from there into various styles. The colour of the ink and paper made a huge difference in the outcome. We used a lot of sugar paper and that has bold colours.           

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Chinese Artists visit art club

Chinese Artists visit art club

We were very lucky to be taught by a Chinese Artist how to paint on rice paper with ink and brush. 

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Self portraits

Self portraits

A wonderful way to see yourself is to draw yourself, and the artists had fun in playing with themselves and with mirrors.

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