Kid’s Mural for Morley Primary School

Last month I engaged with another Graduate Diploma student and graphic designer, Robyn Rochat, to design and paint a mural at Morley Primary School. As part of our Dip-Ed at Edith Cowan University, we were required to take part in an Artist in Residency program, through which Robyn facilitated workshops with the Pre-Primary classes to produce a series of artworks that captured self portraits, flowers and animals.  I was then able to incorporate these designs into an artwork that celebrates the sense of ‘self’ and ‘wonder’. Oh to be a child again!

Measuring approximately 4.2m by 2.2m, the mural took 4days to paint and will tie in nicely with the new upgrades to the playground equipment scheduled for early next year. A huge thank you to the teaching and admin staff at Morley Primary School and to school Principal, Yvonne Arnott. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project, I felt like I re-lived my Pre-primary days all over again. Looking forward to future collaborations in the new year.

If you would like a mural at your High School or Primary School, contact info@linzicarter.com or call Linzi on 0408 032 229.1 3     4a45    769

2016: The year I qualified as a High School Art Teacher

Teaching is a profession, a gift, a calling and a talent that is not for the faint hearted; it requires all of one’s focus, creative energy, stamina and intellect, as I found out along with the rest of the 2016 graduating ECU class of Diploma of Education students.

Majoring in Art and minoring in English, I felt thrown into the deep end of academia, exposed to frightful words such as “resilience”, “transitions”, “rubrics”, “Summative and Formative assessment”, ” zone of proximal development”, “constructivism” and various theories of education developed by the likes of Piaget and Vygotsky.

Alas, with copious amounts of coffees snuck in to the Elab, 3000words essays were written, philosophies of Teaching were developed, presentations on teaching standards were delivered, some with great gusto and in total, three Teaching Practices were completed.

I had the privilege of teaching at Belmont City College and MIrrabooka Senior High School, working alongside some of WA’s best educators. With every lesson, requiring lesson plans, mentor feedback and a personal reflection, the administrative, planning and scheduling aspect of teaching became a habitual skill, resulting in overflowing level arch files full of teaching resources and concepts for future lessons.

With so many processes, strategies and fresh development of skills filling our minds, particularly class room management, every day required complete devotion to the craft and profession in order to develop the necessary understanding of what makes a good teacher and how to apply it practically. One does not just become brilliant due to natural talent, it is one of the most multi-faceted tasks I believe I will ever undertake.

As the course drew near its finality, I found myself truly being “won over” by the students themselves, an irony as we are taught to “win over” the students at all costs to maintain their engagement in our lessons.

When a student questioned me, “Miss, why did you become a teacher?” I found myself saying this: “When I am an artist, my world is about my creativity, what I can produce, my ideas and innovation. But when I teach, it suddenly becomes about the student and their creativity which is fascinating, inspiring and rewarding all in one breathe.” This stands to be my experience with teaching, not only am I able to inspire learning and the development of skills in others, but their creativity impacts and extends my own creativity which is one of the greatest phenomenons.

That is why I chose to study Art Teaching; I believe in the power of Creativity and each student has an inbuilt, unique and particular expression of creativity that as an educator, I get to help them unravel and discover.

I may just have the best job in the world 🙂 Being a creative and a teacher of creativity.

To all my fellow graduates for 2016, all the best, we survived one of the hardest years of our life! Wishing you all the best with your future careers.

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Painting Live for a cause at ‘A Swell Day Out’ in Mandurah.

This weekend I exhibited as one of the featured artists in the Mandurah, ‘A Swell Day Out’, celebrating local Art, Wine and Food. Alongside other creatives such as Elza Fouche, Kelsie Munro, Jennifer Gaye, Rachelle Dusting and Deborah Zibah, I showcased an artwork painted live on site, of tropical birds flying freely in a paradise of colours. Kids were able to engage with the live work, invited to dab dab dab away on the 2.5 by 3metre canvas. The performance was filmed and documented by Ellen Joubert, David Mariner and Tegan Weir, who are producing a work about the life of local artists, also featuring Elza Coufreur, another artist in residence at Neil Street Art Studio in Osborne Park.

The finished work has been donated to Oxfam Australia and will be auctioned online to raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake relief. Bidders can access this auction through the ‘A Swell Day Out‘ Facebook page, which will be advertised later in the week. A huge Thank you to Anne Batt, an Oxfam representative from Western Australia for your support on the day.

The pilot event was a buzz with creativity, families, live music, food, shoppers and great coffee. Hosted by the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, the day captured the vast array of local talent from Perth, Fremantle, Busselton and other West Australian locations. The next showcase will be held at the Arts Centre in November, later in the year.

Photography: David Mariner

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Featured Article in today’s POST: ‘Linzi, kids pin faith to wall.’

Today’s edition of the POST Newspaper features an article about the mural I painted this month at St Thomas Primary School in Claremont, Western Australia. It is really exciting to be involved with projects in the area that I attended high school, graduating in 2001 from Methodist Ladies College. It is amazing how much teachers and educators play such an influential role in the development of children and I am so grateful for the education I received, in particular through the Arts program at Methodist Ladies College. I look forward to many more future collaborations with St Thomas Primary School who have a fantastic team and uphold an facilitate an excellent teaching environment. A huge “Thank you” to Art Specialist Kate Byrne, Principal Justin Tuohy, Year 6 teacher Sean Warne and the Year 6’s.
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Mural design for St Thomas Primary School, Claremont

As part of my Diploma of Education at Edith Cowan University, I engaged in an Artist in Residency program, partnering with St Thomas Primary School in Claremont, Western Australia. Working alongside Kate Byrne, the Art Specialist at St Thomas, I collaborated with the Year 6 class to develop a Mural design based around the theme of Faith, to reflect the ethos and core value system of the school. I taught three workshops with the Year 6 class, brainstorming and sketching various interpretations of Faith and what it looks like visually to them individually.

The chosen space for the mural is situated centrally alongside a basketball court and can be seen from the roadside. Due to the elongated shape of the space I wanted to incorporate artwork from each student and create a collage that resembles the composition of a Kaleidoscope. I also wanted to include the current stylistic trend of using Geometric shapes in the design, making it contemporary and relevant in its context.

I was so inspired by the student’s interpretations of the theme; there was references to the Fruits of the Spirit, Lions and Eagles which are Biblical symbols, Easter, Elements from Confirmation and Communion, rainbows resembling Promise, Angles, Fire, Butterflies that speak of Freedom, Flowers, Love hearts and many more. These images and symbols encapsulate the central figure of a cross.

I commenced working on the Mural during school hours and was able to engage with students who visited with their class to ask questions about materials, design principles and the symbolism of the artwork. It was a lovely experience to work with a group of pupils and staff who embrace the creative arts and are likewise so open to new expressions and artforms.

A very big and warm thank you to Justin Tuohy, Principal at St Thomas and Ar Specialist Kate Byrne, it was a pleasure working with the school. Lookout for the next edition of The Post in Claremont, featuring a write up on the artwork.

Get ya paint on! 🙂

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Art and Justice Party at Neil Street Art Studio

On Thursday 23rd April at Neil Street, we celebrated the birthday of one very special friend, Elyshia Yeap and held an art auction to raise funds for a missions trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, during which Elyshia and Jone Naude will be working alongside orphanages to fight against the reality of human sex trafficking.

Artworks were donated by myself and Elza Coufreur, a recent addition to the residency at Neil Street, who is an upcoming contemporary artist from New Zealand. Photography and auctioneering were done sterlingly by Sergio Garcia, a local creative genious and yummy nibbles made by Elyshia and Arielle Yeap.

The set up included various painting stations for party goers to have a shot at painting live and to our delight, the majority of peeps jumped straight in, with a couple of Pollock inspired individuals even painting with their facial features! The evening closed with a dance and wella! Our art and fundraiser night was nothing short of fun and fabulousness thanks to a lot of help from all who attended. What a great cause and Elza and I look forward to hosting many more future events to come at the studio.

If you are looking for a venue for a fundraiser or are wanting a Kid’s party for your child, Neil Street is available for hire and collaborations are welcomed. For all enquiries email info@linzicarter.com

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School Holiday Art Workshops

Over the April School hols we had a super fun time at Neil Street Art Studio painting all sorts of colourful, wild and crazy things like pineapples, tropical birds, river rocks, enchanted rainbow clouds and more. Drawing inspiration from the Art movements, Expressionism, Pop Art, Impressionism and my own tips and tricks as a practicing artist, the Kids painted a step by step project in each Workshop, also learning essential painting skills such as Brush types, colour mixing, tones and shades, contrasting colours, self reflection and much more.

60 Kids, 4 days of Fun and 8 Workshops for 2 different ages groups. That’s a lot of maths!

Cant wait for the next School Holidays to do it all over again with all new projects. Coming soon to www.linzicarter.com, an online Booking facility for Neil Street Art Studio, but until then, head to http://linzicarter.com/workshops/upcoming/ for all the upcoming Workshop info.

Happy Painting from Neil Street Art Studio and Linzi Carter Art.

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Your very own backyard mural

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Ever thought about it? Have you got a nasty wall you need covering? A mural can be a great way to disguise it!

Check it out, recently a piece i completed for Ross North/Complete Homes was featured in an editorial in the Home Edition of the Sunday Times. The article spoke about the concept of utilizing murals to distract from fencing, neighbouring properties and other architectural features which can look overbearing. A huge thanks to Cameron Bell from Ross North Homes and interior designer, Adriana Peci for Image Designer Interiors. Cant wait to collaborate with you again. 

Linzi Carter Art 2015 Update

My my how time flies! So here we are in 2015 already and I haven’t written a word since 2013. I’ve been super busy flexing my creative muscles in and around our fair city of Perth and enjoying every minute of it…well mostly. It’s not without some blood, sweat and tears to get to the good bits hey?!

June 2014 saw the opening of Neil Street Art Studio with workshops available for both children and adults for a range of different mediums and lessons. From beginner acrylic classes through to portraits, still life, animals and more. I thoroughly enjoying teaching the workshops and due to demand I have doubled the workshops for 2015 . So come and get inspired! Check out the list of upcoming art workshops here.

Large murals have always been high on my agenda and 2014 saw me complete a number of large-scale pieces; I collaborated with Ross North Homes and Interior Designer, Adriana Peci to paint a beach themed piece, soon to feature in the Home edition of the Sunday Times; a time lapsed live mural for Karrinyup City Shopping Centre of a Monet inspired flowerwall; an abstract hand-painted piece for Leaf and Bean in Mount Hawthorn resembling the likes of rainbow clouds and a hand painted abstract mural with upcoming artist Nia Michelson, of 8years, in her bedroom. You can check them out here.

Commissions and live art came thick and fast in 2014 and I painted for various clients and events including Team Sunshine’s Fundraising event, raising funds for the Telethon Adventurers.

2015 Looks set to be an event busier year, collaborating with Ross North Homes, Kensington Refections, Revlon Australia, Karrinyup Shopping Centre, Dorper Lamb, Victory Life Centre and more. Cant wait to get my paint on!

If you would like a mural, school visit, workshop or commissioned art piece, email info@linzicarter.com or even check out the Online Store.