art2264 took on a circus theme in December, with wild monkeys seen everywhere. Admittedly monkeys may just be a word to describe the playful mannerisms of the participants. With energy levels high, local youth learned the finer art of circus skills, including juggling, unicycles and twirling dazzling silver hoops.
After their faces were painted by fairygood (http://fairygood.com.au), the kids were ready to jump into the big top. Circus Avalon’s (http://circusavalon.com.au/index.html), John Campbell and his glamorous assistant Mia gave the kids a taste of circus performance, with young peoplelearning how to ride the devilish unicycle. The circus theme really went off with a bang; hopefully it will be featured again next month!
John Campbell aims to encourage “self-management”; he says he wants, when someone is watching his training groups, for them to not know who is the trainer. He aims to actively engage members of his workshops in a safe way, which gives them new skills or allows them to build on skills they may already have.
In addition to circus workshops, Andrew McDonell returned to teach drama and theatre. A more in depth workshop was featured this time, building on the skills already taught by Andrew in previous art2264 workshops.
Art again took pride of place at the entry to the facility with Margrete Earling engaging people with mural painting and an ongoing mosaic project.
“Over three sessions we have completed the two manga style sport characters to be permanently installed on walls outside the facility’s amenities” said Margrete Erling.
“They are both designed by a young artist, Lillian Web (16) from Dora Creek; she will also be designing some more upcoming murals for us.”
While the manga style mosaic will become permanent signage for the PCYC toilets, the new mural will eventually be installed on the front of the building. Although the mural was only started halfway through this art2264 event, already great progress has been made; you need to move in close to realise it is actually hand-painted.“They did an amazing job with some very dedicated mums helping out” noted Margrete, adding that the murals will help create a fun and positive atmosphere.
Margrete enthused about December’s high-energy atmosphere. “We had almost 50 kids here today!That is an outstanding amount of participation from the community.” she said.
The next art2264 will be on Friday 20th January and will again feature drama workshops, art and more fun activities. For more information, check out the blog: http://art2264morisset.blogspot.com