The earth offers a rich source of artistic inspiration for young children, both as subject matter and as an art material.
In this hands-on workshop for adults, artists Eleanor Butt and Ann Ferguson will show you how to introduce preschool aged children to the creative possibilities of soil and clay.
By exploring these materials in their art, children come to understand place, form and their own relationship to the earth.
Please note that this workshop is for adults only.
Eleanor Louise Butt makes process led paintings using a personal language of recurring shapes, negative space and distinctive colour. Through this ongoing investigation of material and archetypes, she adopts the potentialities of paint to describe abstract phenomena and experiences. Living and working in Melbourne, Eleanor graduated from the VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2013 and has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Copenhagen. Eleanor has been a finalist in a number of prizes including the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, The M-Collection Art Prize and was the recipient of The George Hicks Award. In 2016, she participated in Spring 1883 Art Fair as a guest artist with Fort Delta. Her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally.
Ann Ferguson is an experienced ceramic artist and kindergarten teacher. She has a keen appreciation of the benefits of immersive experiences with clay and natural earth materials. She loves to explore clay in all its wet and dry forms, its rainbow of colours and architectural possibilities. Ann has worked as an Art Specialist in Early Childhood Programs and on many community arts projects and developed a broad range of experiences and resources using clay as the creative link between the young child and the natural world.