Artists get creative at workshops
WORKSHOPS on Saturday provided people of all ages with the opportunity to enhance their creativity and participate in a wide range of programs.
The Warwick Art Gallery hosted a storytelling session with award-winning children's author Denise Vanderlugt.
Mrs Vanderlugt captivated children and parents alike with her interactive storytelling accompanied by her many coiled baskets and assorted props.
Originally a quilter, Mrs Vanderlulgt's book started out as an artist's illustration of her beautiful quilting works.
“My latest skill is causing riotous behaviour with four-year-olds,” she laughed.
“The book is bright and colourful, which the children love, and includes repetition, numbers and shapes which holds an educational value.”
Mrs Verity Epetahui, who took her children along to the session, said they enjoyed it immensely.
“Its great to expose children to different things and Mrs Vanderlulgt's book was so unique and how she told the story with her baskets was very original.”
The books are available for purchase at the Warwick Art Gallery.
The art appetiser workshops held in front of the town hall offered a variety of activities including button-jewellery making, felt pod making and miniature tree jumper decorating.
The latter was a hit with kids as they wound brightly coloured wool around a small cardboard tree, creating their very own Jumpers and Jazz tree which they could proudly take home.
Mary Barron from the Gold Coast, who was in charge of the button-jewellery workshop, said this was her fourth year at the Jumpers and Jazz festival and her current exhibition at the Art Gallery is a product of her first year at the festival where she learnt to coil.
“I love coming to the Jumpers and Jazz festival,” she said.
Using old fabric to create her exhibition pieces Mrs Barron had a large amount of buttons left over and, being very resourceful, decided to make use of them and hold the button-jewellery workshop.
Workshop participants were treated to entertainment by local artists, Sonya Carr and Emma Bell while they worked.