I facilitate creative adventures that include art workshops, land art sessions, plein air painting outings & other creative experiences that are designed to encourage your inherent creativity, grow your connection to the world around you and/or help you find and develop your unique gifts. Previous adventures include:
Science Week, Garden Route Botanical Garden, 2017
As contribution to the WESSA-led experience for Science Week I volunteered to do an art activity with the visitors. My write-up before the event:
Found object installation art & mud painting activity
During this year’s Science Week kids (and adults, of course) can join local artist & WESSA member Janet Botes in creating an art installation with found materials. These materials will include rocks, fallen leaves, twigs and all kinds of other debris that we find around us. We’ll also be using mud to paint onto the wall – a temporary image(s) that will be washed away by the rain that we are all inviting by prayer. Even though the artist will facilitate the process and provide structure to the activity, the artwork itself will be shaped by the collaborative action and contribution of all its participants over the week. Thus symbolizing how we have power together to shape a new reality for ourselves – a new future, new understandings of science, and a new experience of our place as a species within the web of life. Join us, celebrate your inherent creativity through play and get your hands dirty!
The final artwork(s) ended up quite rough and messy, but it was LOADS of fun. Kids from different schools were asked to look at what they see around them, and think about what they’ve learnt in the talks and presentations (if it’s one of the later groups in the day). And then use this as experience for their mud painting.
Art workshops at the Wilderness Hotel (2017-2018)
Land Art workshop in Wilderness Heights (2017)
Sensploration at the Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path, Loxton (2017)
During the pre-launch week for the Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path in Loxton, in the Karoo, I offered this three day workshop experience:
Mindfulness, observation & land art
Each of the three morning sessions started with a short welcome and then moments of silence in which the participants were guided to close their eyes and listen ( to the road noise, birds, crickets, town noises, each other’s coughs, etc.) and feel (breathing, the wind, the texture of the sand and rocks, etc.) to become more aware of their surroundings and the present moment. After this we opened our eyes and start looking at everything around us.
A walk along the Riverine Rabbit Thinking Path were followed by a short land art demonstration, and then we created land art – while being encouraged to be sensitive to the site and each other. The sessions ended with a group circle of sharing & thanks. Each session was based loosely on a theme:
- Session 1 – The plants of the site
- Session 2 – The insects of the site
- Session 3 – The Riverine Rabbit – what does the rabbit mean to each of us & why biodiversity is important.
Ink & Charcoal workshops in Cape Town (2013)
A workshop held in my studio in Cape Town in 2013 – the workshop was held twice, each time with 3 participants. It was focused on experimentation. Each participant tested different techniques on a sampling sheet before working on an artwork – choosing from a selection of photographs and stillife objects for inspiration, or using their own imagination to create something more abstract.
Land Art with the Eco Rangers, Somerset West (2014)
On a beautiful spring day in September 2014 Chris Lochner and I did a workshop with the Eco Rangers at Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West. After a slide-show presentation of land art examples, we went for a nature walk with the local nature conservation officer. And created land art at one of the shaded picnic areas!
ASSITEJ activity, National Arts Festival (2012)
During the 2012 National Arts Festival I volunteered to offer Veld(spoor] – an interactive activity and art installation – at the ASSITEJ Family Venue.
Veld(spoor] was performed at 3pm on 1-4 July, in the area situated in front of the entrance to the theatre space. Artworks and installations that I perform or create often grows or changes organically to suit the space, time, environment and situation that I find myself in. This was definitely the case with Veld(spoor], which was planned to be a performance and art installation, but turned out to be more of a kids activity and opportunity to be creative.
Pastels, rocks, rope, sand and leaves were provided to kids of any age, to make marks onto paper provided. During the activity and also other times that I spent time at the ASSITEJ Family Venue I tried to encourage people to think about the marks we leave on the landscape through everything that we do and choose. Even though a very small amount of people or kids chose to participate in my activity, the conversations and interactions were inspiring, and also humbling.
Recycled Art @ Green Day, Cape Town (2012)
Another volunteer workshop was the recycled art activity that I facilitated at the Green Day hosted by Deer Park Café in 2012. My workshop became the ideal place for parents to leave their kids while browsing the stalls, and the kids had a lot of fun. The creativity and imagination of kids always astounds me!