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Sunday, June 24, 2018

School teaching becomes a great success!

A fresh air comes from WestWords, an "Art Attack" lesson! My 6 weeks school teaching project finished up with a great success. All the students enjoyed my class. They did not want to wrap up and spent an extra time in the last class. The students said, "Thank you for teaching. We wish we could have you for our school art teacher!" Principal/school and WestWords are so pleased with the favourable outcome of my work. I'm honoured.  

In the project, the students, a teacher and I visited WestWords, their brand new centre in Parramatta! The tour excited the children very much. We looked around wonderful facilities, a rich book collection and original illustrations created by professionals. Yes, the children saw my picture books, art works and the huge image of a print press around the stairwell. In the beautiful room, I had a class. We learned about dot painting and the children developed their own styles. Fun!
Teaching is learning, I believe. I've learned a lot from this school residency. I greatly thank for WestWords and the staff. I also thank for uni lecturers, an art supply and National Association for the Visual Arts that gave advice to my research. Each week, I did the broad and deep research on materials, techniques, styles, etc, etc. Then, handouts were organised. Our hard work led to success. Very happy to facilitate my skills and the knowledge learned from uni study. 
Some students followed me on the school play ground, even after the last class. They wanted to chat over drawing with me, endlessly! A smiling teacher said to me, "Oh, they will do art (class) all day long!" Yes, the children love art. I was very blessed to have such good students loving art. 
Thank you, the Principal, the school, WestWords, for giving me the fabulous opportunity. I appreciate the backup from WestWordsWestWords team, you're the real heroes! I hope the students will enjoy art more than ever. I'll use this experience in upcoming projects. 
Friends, thank you for your cheers. I'll keep up good work. You, too, enjoy art. Art is joy. 
Happy Painting!  


Monday, June 18, 2018

Kids' Book Review on Moon, my debut work

Thank you very much, "Kids' Book Review," for talented illustrator/author Penelope Pratley's wonderful review of my debut trade picture book written by Matt Zarbo. My mentors (Books Illustratred / Ann James, Ann Haddon), Helen Chamberlin (editor of Moon) and Matt, too, over the moon. My signed picture books and prints limited edition are available at BooksIllustrated. Dear friends share joy and my good news on Face Book. Thank you for warm cheers for ages. I'll keep up.

Review: Moon

Moon is a tender story that
wraps its pages gently
around the relationship
between a father and son,
spreading the message
about the importance of our relationships with family and
providing a way we can
remain close, even when
we are far apart.

It is always difficult to say
goodbye, especially when one
of your parents must travel away
for work and you don't really
have an understanding of
how long they will be gone for.
By making the moon a central presence in this book we
travel across the land and sea
as Max and his Dad find a way to connect despite the distance.

The author, Matt Zurbo has given the moon a voice in this elegantly written story
that beautifully reveals the nature of the moon while reflecting the constant love
a father has for his son.

The initial pages sensitively depict the emotions of Max after he waves goodbye
to his Father and waits to hear from him as the sun sets and the moon rises.
Sadami Konchi's loose, sketchy, watercolour illustrations saturate every page
with colour and life. The double page spreads are breathtaking and
the captivating text succinctly portrays the moon's moods as it spreads
its soft light across the Australian landscape.

I have a special affinity for this story as my daughter loves the moon.
She is fascinated by the way it accompanies us when we are driving at night,
apparently travelling with the car, and she is always delighted when it is
waiting for us at our destination. There is definitely something mystical and
magical about the moon and this book certainly captures that and more.

Title: Moon
Author: Matt Zurbo
Illustrator: Sadami Konchi
Publisher: Windy Hollow Books, $23.75
Publication Date: 1st August 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922081445
For ages: 5 - 8
Type: Picture Book


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Biennale Sydney 2018 Wrapped Up

I've been very busy with school teaching and last shifts at Biennale that completed on 11 June. It was great to work as an Exhibition Host and an Access Host for people with disability. We carried it out for three months and made it happen! The fulfilled feeling is so nice. Very interesting to experience contemporary art and I met internationally leading artists in person such as Koji Ryui and Mit Jai Inn. "Meet the artists" is a great bonus from Biennale. 
I visited Cockcatoo Island and looked around the exhibition, yesterday. Lovely to see Koji Ryui. His work was very popular among visitors and us. Koji, our administrators and I enjoyed a chat over his art work. We, volunteers met Mit in training. My sketch made him smile. Thank you for signing it! 
As well as artists, I enjoyed lovely human interactions with visitors. When I did my final shift, young students came to our studio. I welcomed them. They talked over future directions, doodling on a table. I said, "Enjoy life fully, young guys! You're shining. Only once we can be young. Be silly! Do lots of experiments that will turn to be wonderful experiences." The delighted young people gave us a beautiful smile. Our reward. 
Sometimes, our shift was in a chilly rain. Freezing. But we welcomed visitors. The office provided us with blankets and hot drinks. Between shifts, we enjoyed a baked cakes competition and, of course, tasted them all! So nice and our wonderful memory. Friendship and mateship is another bonus! 
Apart from the art critiques in mass media, the team and the administrators worked so hard. Their sensitive approach to visitors was very caring and impressive. I could enrich my art world and learned a lot of modern art and what a curator's work is. I thank for Prof Ingrid Piller and Ms Ann James who gave letters for my Biennale Volunteer application. I also thank for my dear social worker friend who passed on me this opportunity. And I appreciate your support, Blogger friends! 
Now, I'm back to the studio work, the school teaching and other projects. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Enjoy Group Work!  


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Biennale Sydney, Cockcatoo Island

I'll take you to Biennale Sydney at Cockcatoo Island by sketches. Although it's freezing on Cockatoo Island in rainy days, a friendly chat, happy family and smiling visitors around Anya Gallaccio’s work keep us warm. The ongoing work is made by dropping cray. Of course, kids get excited most! 
Koji Ryui's "Singing Vessels" is beautiful and tranquil, my favourite. Many transparent balls and vessels. It's inspiring. Seeing is believing. Come and feel it.   
The most eye provoking work is Ai Weiwei, "Law of the journey", refugees and human rights issues. Being an exhibition host is privileged to have an interpersonal conversation with visitors. Anyone can interpret Ai Weiwei's work in her own way, yet, this work certainly conveys a strong message – which amazes me. Wow, I’m learning a lot. 
Biennale Sydney Cockatoo Island has a lots more fascinating art works. If you have a time, come and enjoy interesting art work. Biennale Sydney will wrap up on 11 June. You may see me on Cockatoo Island. The great bonus. Through a volunteer work, I could learn lot about contemporary art and saw many lovely and interesting people having dreams in art. 

Now, my teaching at primary school is going well. Other projects, too. Very busy though, I love a creative life and thank for many supporters. Friends, I appreciate your strong support and friendship. 
Friends, Happy Painting! Art brings us friendship. 


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Exhibition at Canberra Monterisso School

Very happy and honoured, I'm included in Australian celebrations in the exhibition : Anna Walker, Shaun Tan, Felicity Marshall, Ben Wood, Alison Lester, Narelle Oliver, Annie White and Owen Swan! The print exhibition will continue at Canberra Monterisso School for years, which will swap an artist's work in each semester. Kicking off is Shaun, "The Lost Thing"(see below)! The school website explains well about an artist's biography and the features of the work (see above). Oh, what sort of explanations will come up for me? It thrills me.
Sadami Konchi, My Dog Socks
*A copy was sold to Canada. Thank you very much. Find my signature?
Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing
Illustration of The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Anna Walker, The Florette
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Felicity Marchall, You & me Murrawee
Ben Wood, Big Bad Bushranger
Alison Lester, One Small Island 
Narelle Oliver, Don’t let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen
Annie White, Clementine’s Walk
Owen Swan, ANZAC Biscuits
Books Illustrated, my mentors from Melbourne curate the exhibition. I'm very proud of being one of Australian illustrators. I deeply appreciate my supporters', YOUR cheers. I feel as if I were in a dream. I'm in the superstars. But I'm making it come true with many people's encouragements. Thank you very much. 

Now, it's my turn to pass that love to children in the class. I'm organising the handouts. Based on the colour theory we learned, we'd like to paint. Yes, let's COLOUR a world in a happy way. Also I've been working on other projects and discussing about upcoming projects with third parties. Oh, yeah, I'm doing Biennale Sydney volunteer!  Extremely busy, but happy. If my blog post becomes late, please understand it. Thank you for support! 
Friends, Happy Painting and Live Your Dreams! 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Week2 Colour Theory

Friends, school children and I are having a great fun! We enjoyed a colour magic. A class started with only three colour paints left on the tables. 
I asked, "Does light have colours? Have you ever seen its colours, if any?" The students began to think and answered, "White!" "Rainbow!" I affirmed, "Both are correct!" The two students showed big smiles. One student wondered if colour mixture would make other colours. A wonderful thinking and problem solution skills. Then, we explored why only three colours can create so many colours. I added, "Do you want to save your money in spending in paints?" the teacher and Westwords staff giggled. "Let's make all the colours in the world by only three primary colours : red, yellow and blue!" I invited. The children got excited. 
I explained, "Why is this colour theory helpful? The colour wheel gives an idea, if you want to make a strong contrast and a good harmony in paintings. Colours at a next door are friendly. Opposite colours cancel each other." One student noticed the similarity among colours, "Some are light?" in a circle. A good thinking. I endorsed, "Bingo! They are called "warm colours," and others are called, "cool colours." Colours can show temperature and our emotions." The students understood it well.    
All students are great! They love art and painting. When I asked them which medium preferred, they all chose watercolour paints -- thank you, students, my favourite medium! Each of the students created a bit unique colour circle that displayed an individual personality. I equally visited each student, assisted them and encouraged all. All the students were smiling! One student was a bit late. The girl and I worked together to finish up the colour wheel. When she made it, the so happy girl drew a "big smile," in the centre of her colour wheel. Aw, your smiling was the most reward for a teacher, Westwords staff and me. We love all the students' colour wheels. We'll use a learned colour theory for a next week class.  

The school teacher and Westwords are giving me a very positive feedback. "You're energetic!" Hahaha, I love interaction with children and respect them. Friends, I'm getting very busy though, teaching is lovely. I fully use what I've learned in uni. Uni lecturers give me suggestion, too, regarding my course content setting. 
Friends, enjoy your job!
Happy Painting!!  



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Teaching Children at Primary School Week1

In a program, "School Residency," I'll teach the students at a public primary school from this Wed for 6 weeks. Thank you, the school and Westwords, for this great opportunity. The course will cover basic drawing/painting skills with different medium. Above all, joy must come first! I'd tell the children, "We do not compete, help each other. Each one is different. No right answer in art. Explore it and find an answer on your own. If you find an answer, you'll never forget it in your life. Creativity and imagination are our wings to fly across the sky. Let's make a mess! Woohoo!"  
Teaching is learning. Empower each child, respect them and promote literacy and art, is my mission. I'll ask the students to tell me, "If my say has big words and if I bore you, tell me at once, "Boring!" ok?" An equal power relation is preferable. In my experience, any child is sensitive and very well respects a teacher. I will learn a lot from the students and this School Residency.

I've organised the curriculum based on my own experiences and research. Regarding drawing skills, the students will learn about values, a colour mixture, some painting techniques. The researched information of art will respond to each child's interest. I hope the students will realise that technical things will follow enthusiasm and there's no right answer in art.   

I greatly appreciate many people's support. Particularly, my favourite art supply and their staff, graduated from fine art have helped me. The staff said, "I wish I could have you for my art teacher at primary school, aw!" Oh, thank you. 
Friends, it's very exciting! Also, I've been working on picture book projects that make me very busy. You, too, enjoy drawing and painting fully. 
Happy Painting forever!