Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)
Creativity Flows at Art Society Classes
THE Toowoomba Art Society's popular children's art classes are back in 2009 with local artist and teacher Anne O'Sullivan.
The two traditional lower and upper primary classes will continue to run on Saturday mornings, with a new Thursday afternoon lower primary class for children who prefer weekday tuition.
Ms O'Sullivan said the flexible program would include drawing, painting and exploring the studio with plenty of room for children's suggestions and creativity.
"I try to make the program educational but fun," she said.
"For example, this year when we learn about colour, we will make an edible colour wheel rather than just making colour charts."
While the class might begin with a demonstration or activity, children can then develop the idea freely to create something different and individual.
"On these days, I am very busy and things can get very chaotic and messy but I consider these to be successful sessions," Ms O'Sullivan said.
"I wouldn't want everyone to be doing the same thing and too scared to try anything different. To me, that defeats the whole purpose or making art."
Ms O'Sullivan said painting, including the different possibilities of paint, formed the "cornerstone" of the classes.
However, students have the opportunity to work with as many mediums as possible.
"Young children in particular are very sensory and love to explore different mediums - painting, drawing, clay, plaster, papier mache, printing," she said. …