Working with adults and children in my studio brings all kinds of experiences my way. For many years the studio teaching I did was mostly with adults. For the past few months however I have had a very interesting diversion away from that when approached to work with children. Above I have included 10 images from recent afternoon sessions I have conducted with some wonderful 11/12 yr old girls once a week. The one exception is No: 5 from 6 yr old Elliot who interpreted the task of drawing a plate of marbles in a wonderfully unique way. There are 3 in his age group..all enthusiastic and capable of surprising me and engaging in the most curious and fascinating discussions. Image 1 and 2 are of Phoebe and Isabella working on botanical subjects. Image 3 Kirsty (pictured), Jamilla, Lizzie and Phoebe are drawing Cumquats and in 4 we see Lizzie's finished work. 5 is Elliot's marble drawing. 6 to 10 are the drawings the girls did of marbles using textas and paint for the background.
It must be mentioned some inspiration for working with textas came in part from the one and only Arlene Texta Queen pictured here below. The girls had met Arlene Texta Queen at the newish State-run GOMA : The Gallery of Modern Art here in Brisbane over summer when she was part of a large show called Optimism featuring works from contemporary Australian artists.
below: Vahri- from Arlene Texta Queen's portraits on her website.