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April 2015

Adult Classes

Adult Classes

Are you interested in getting a group of friends together for a fun and creative evening?
Pro-D Days

Pro-D Days

A full day of art and creative fun! 
After School Drop-In Schedule

After School Drop-In Schedule

Our After School Drop-in sessions are amazingly fun and productive. Children are invited to come with their own ideas and dive into what-ever their heart desires. With a small group size, I am able to facilitate each child's personal projects, and assist in the planning and execution of their vision. Some kids want to build, others just want to get messy. Whatever it may be, the studio is set up for all kinds of creativity. 

Sept. 2014

Rockstar Monstars!!!!

Rockstar Monstars!!!!

This was such a great birthday part theme. The boys all made a huge monster head and a guitar and gave us quite the air guitar rock n' roll show at the end. As fun for us as it was for them! 
Childhood kingdoms

Childhood kingdoms

This was epic. The kids spent the entire week in the headspace that they were a ruler of a kingdom. Adorned with crowns, sceptres, and robes we could not tear them away from this project all week!
foxes

foxes

aren't we clever, and aren't we sly….
glass mosaics

glass mosaics

very carefully of course, we made these beautiful glass mosaic pictures. 
Superheroes!

Superheroes!

Here was a camp theme that everyone got into; Superheroes. Capes, masks, flags, and mascots….What kind of hero would you be?
Boats!!

Boats!!

With Jeff as our teacher, we made these amazing boats and took them to the beach!
ROCKIN GUITAR contest

ROCKIN GUITAR contest

Send us a photo rocking your guitar at RIFFLANDIA to automatically be entered to win a FREE camp or class this term at Shyness and Bloom!

June 2014

Spring 2014 Art Show

Spring 2014 Art Show

Winter 2014 Art Show

Winter 2014 Art Show

Dec. 2013

Fall 2013 Art Show

Fall 2013 Art Show

Wow. This was a great show. Thank-you to all the kids! It was an honour to make art with you! 
Class Book Projects

Class Book Projects

Documenting and honouring the creative work and wisdom of children has got to be my favourite thing ever. I have had some incredible opportunities over the years to collaborate with classroom teachers, lead units of study, gather the children's work on a subject and compile it into full colour, professionally published books. 

Sept. 2013

3D initials

3D initials

I LOVED this one. They turned out so cool!! 
Houses... more houses

Houses... more houses

Houses seem to be one of the most fun things to make here. Sifting through all the tidbits, we have and endless supply of things to make furniture, decorations, whatever we could ever imagine....
Pencap Dolls

Pencap Dolls

These campers made the coolest cast of characters to live in their tree forts. What a great use of felt pen caps, don't you think? Brilliant kids! 
Gnomes and squirrels

Gnomes and squirrels

These campers loved the paper mache, so we did gnomes AND squirrels. Why not?
Melting Crayons...

Melting Crayons...

Hot rocks and candles. We loved melting the wax... Sometimes the danger is the fun!
Stick sculptures

Stick sculptures

Splatter paint some sticks. Get a glue gun, and presto! Really cool artifacts.
Tree Forts

Tree Forts

We love to build at Shyness and Bloom, and look at all the details and imagination that went into these. Hours of work! Or, play...
Colour Collage Paintings

Colour Collage Paintings

We used colour and quotes to inspire us with this one. The girls went crazy splattering up some cardboard that we cut up and added to the mix!
Owl Pillows

Owl Pillows

Gotta love owls! These girls were naturals on the sewing machine and, well, I guess you could say we had a real hoot. ;)

June 2013

Lids!!!!

Lids!!!!

Wall hangings and rainbows.... 
Hands

Hands

What's the wildest thing you could imagine holding in the palm of your hand?
Cakes!

Cakes!

Even though these cakes might taste like cardboard, they sure look good enough to eat! A cake for every occasion. Yummers.
Scratch Art

Scratch Art

Starting with a colourful shape of oil pastel, we added a layer of black paint, and then scratched away to find the colours underneath. I have done this before with much more vibrant results, and I’m not sure what was different this time. The kids didn’t seem to mind though. Good sports, they are!
Fish

Fish

Tinfoil is so much fun to scrunch. It sounded like a rain storm as the fish were formed. And then for those scales…. And whales…
Batik-Style Shirts

Batik-Style Shirts

Instead of wax, we used blue gel glue. Aren’t we a fashionable bunch?
Fun in the sun, and rain.

Fun in the sun, and rain.

It is so great living so close to 2 different beaches. And such a perfect distance from the sun. And even we, at art camp, can have fun in the rain.
Secret Element Collaboratives

Secret Element Collaboratives

I gave the kids a list of elements to add to each picture as they took turns going around the table. It was a top-secret mission, complete with a cubicle style work environment. What a good laugh we had at all the antics and humor in each picture! 
Fabric Collage Trays

Fabric Collage Trays

“Rachel, where should I put this?” I have an idea, on the very first day we will each make a tray, and everything you make over the week will go in there, when you are finished. “Rachel, where should I put this?”
Catapult Painting

Catapult Painting

One two, three, SPLAT! A whole battalion of pompoms were launched ruthlessly at the giant paper. Paint bombs came raining down upon the empty canvas. Many shots were fired but missed target, and pretty soon the attacking forces resorted to using their bare hands. It was pretty intense.
Beach Treasure Hunt 2013

Beach Treasure Hunt 2013

All the beauty on a beach. We sift through the pebbles for beach glass, dead crabs, shells, and goose feathers. We find sticks and flowers. We bring them back and compose our art. 
Flags of the World

Flags of the World

Bottle caps and sparkles, an atlas, and an idea for every flag in the world. Too bad we ran out of bottle caps! Let’s hand it to the worldy girls. Well done!
Painting from Photo

Painting from Photo

The projector is a great tool for tracing lines and shapes, and we put this tool to use for painting from photos! The kids traced the lines of a photo onto a transparency, projected it up onto a canvas, and traced it much larger. They then used both their lines and the photo to guide them as they painted!
Block Printing

Block Printing

Maybe not officially real “block printing”, but we made prints. With blocks. And so it was named. This was a ...
Star Wars Droids

Star Wars Droids

After a “tedious” painting lesson, the boys were very eager to move onto something of their own choice. Paper mache ...
Junior Artists Spring 2013

Junior Artists Spring 2013

Our pre-school classes are full of imagination and play, and all the things in the studio to explore and make!!
Tree Houses

Tree Houses

One student's great idea started a trend in the studio! His tree house inspired 4 more. It was another project that happened without any influence from me, and that is what I always dream to see happen in the studio –the kids truly leading the show. I held back and watched as these things were built. The imagination that went into each house was spectacular. The idea satisfied the adventurous, spirited imagination of a child so well, that the kids kept wanting to come back to the same project week after week, adding more and more coolness to their tree houses.
Shadow Tracing

Shadow Tracing

Once in a while, you get to be a part of a break through. Even if it happens to you, it’s something you can’t predict, or intentionally make happen. It just does. This time, it started with M and H’s time spent playing and experimenting with the overhead projector.
Paper Mache Food

Paper Mache Food

This was one of those projects where ideas spread amongst the girls like wild fire. They shared their ideas openly, and there was no possessiveness amongst them. It was really fun to watch the initial idea about making fake fruit become bowls, cookies, ice cream cones, pumpkins, and even dolls.
Strange Sculptures

Strange Sculptures

So you take a wire coat hanger, a nylon sock, and a plywood square. You do a little twisting, pulling, bending, painting, and that’s pretty much all the magic you need to make these awesome little modern sculptures…
Spring Art Show 2013

Spring Art Show 2013

What a great term we had! 19 kids can do a lot in 10 weeks!

March 2013

End of Term Art Show, Winter 2013

End of Term Art Show, Winter 2013

We had 16 creative minds at work this semester! It was a busy 8 weeks, and look at all the fun art we made!
Milk Experiment

Milk Experiment

We started off this term with an experiential art activity. This one was not destined to last - it was about the creative moment, and sparking the bright imaginations of the young artists to kick off the new term.
Fairy Huts

Fairy Huts

Lainey: I’m going to paint my house rainbow. Abi: I’m going to paint mine pink and green. Different shades of ...
Foxes

Foxes

Recycling is my favourite. This fox project was top-notch in that regard! 
Finn's Maze: The Perplexbox

Finn's Maze: The Perplexbox

Finn came up with a brilliant idea. He wanted to build a maze, and fortunately I had just the right tools he needed. We got cardboard trays, and little strips of wood for the walls, and a trusty old mustard bottle filled with free-flowing white glue. 
Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

We made these beautiful hot air balloons out of paper lanterns, adding layers of tissue paper, splatter paint, and glitter. And most of them came to be flown by strange one-eyed aliens. hmmmmm...

Jan. 2013

Fall 2012 Art Show

Fall 2012 Art Show

Our theme this term evolved into a sort of "out of this world" thing! With robots, spacey gardens, neon paint, string art, monsters and more! Have a look!
Isabel's house

Isabel's house

Isabel’s main project this term was the much-adored dollhouse. Except, this time, Isabel took this project to a whole new ...
String Art..

String Art..

The boys jumped right into the deep end with their study of patterns, as they embarked on the tedious, frustrating task of string art. They had created art like this before, with nails and plywood, but the pins and delicate thread were a whole new ball game. 
Landscape Painting...

Landscape Painting...

M and H drew immediate inspiration from the neon paint. They were motivated to paint on canvas, and try the new and exciting colours in all the ways they could.
Shaving Cream Printing... again..

Shaving Cream Printing... again..

This project is great not only because it is such a sensory experience, but because the results are so stunning! The colours swirl and twist all over the paper, looking like gassy clouds and nebulae. 

Aug. 2012

KidLandia! Sept 13th-16th

KidLandia! Sept 13th-16th

This year, Shyness and Bloom Art Studio is pairing up with Rifflandia to create KidLandia!, an interactive art area at Royal Athletic Park, for kids to make stuff to rev up their Rifflandia spirit! 
August 2012 Camp Art Show!!

August 2012 Camp Art Show!!

String Art

String Art

Someone told me that string theory was dead, so I thought we should take a trip back in time to the 1970’s to make these wonderful string art pieces. They turned out so awesome! The studio fell into silent concentration while the stringing was happening, and in the capable hands of young artisits, the strings and pins transformed into retro beauty.
Neon Madness

Neon Madness

We visited the sprit of the 80’s next and came up with these neon splattery works of art. They are wild, free, and bright –just like the kids who made them!
Rubber Cement Resist

Rubber Cement Resist

This was another experiment. Because we love to try new things here, all the time. We used drippy rubber cement, let it dry, painted water colours over top, and once that was dry, we rubbed off the glue, and viola! These wonderful paintings... We just got a taste of the possibilities....
Blindfold Painting

Blindfold Painting

Just for a good laugh, we each took a turn getting blindfolded and painting the features and clothes on a stick man. The giggles  were to die for. 
Shaving Cream Printing

Shaving Cream Printing

This was a very fragrant and sensory activity! It smelled so good, I asked the kids if they wished they were men with five o’clock shadows, but they all said no. The most beautiful and intricate patterned prints came out of it, and we used the paper in our memory books. 
Plaster Casting

Plaster Casting

We had some good times with the plaster casting materials making face masks and hand sculptures. Some of us got really messy and we loved it!!
Glitter Mobiles

Glitter Mobiles

Is there anything as lovely as a sparkle? How about millions, everywhere? These beautiful mobiles were a two-day affair. The kids just couldn’t sprinkle enough sparkle. And it was impossible not to take millions of photos.
Shell Creatures

Shell Creatures

What fun this was to make strange and wonderful creatures out of the shells I collected on the shelliest beach in the world...
July 2012 Camp Highlights

July 2012 Camp Highlights

This camp was all about experimenting. We made pinatas, marble painted, made aprons, door knob hangers, lanterns, and more! What a great week! Check out the photos! The kids even made a few bucks at their little corner store that they created!
Monsters!!!!

Monsters!!!!

With a small number of kids, you can do these time consuming, and tedious projects... and it was, of course,  a big hit! I asked the kids what their favourite project of the week was, and it was this. The stuffies. I think they would have done this every day if there wasn't so much other stuff to try!
Marble Tracks III

Marble Tracks III

Another engineer came to Shyness and Bloom, and he spent the week building, adjusting, and elaborating his marble track. You'd be impressed with the precision of his runs... This kid's got the knack!
Modern Sculpture

Modern Sculpture

These campers felt the modern vibe, as they sculpted on this particular morning. They did two all-time-fave projects: The Giacometti Men, and the "Celestial Gardens." 
Swing Painting

Swing Painting

Okay. So, you should try everything once.
Canvas Painting

Canvas Painting

Ah, there's nothing like a fresh canvas. These campers were inspired by images they saw, and ideas they had. And they were brave enough to make that first mark. 

July 2012

Tie Dye!

Tie Dye!

This was so fun! Each shirt came out so different, and we all looked like one very cool team. And in the July camp, the kids had a go at the sewing machine and made themselves tie-dye blankets!
Moss St. Paint-In

Moss St. Paint-In

Literally -- Sparkles everywhere. Although that alone could pretty much sum it all up, I have to say my first Moss St Paint-In was really, really fun. All the happy people came to make a heart with me, and hang it up to blow in the wind. It was beautiful. Thank you. 
Rock People

Rock People

Rockers? Well, we took a trip to our little rocky beach to find just the right rocks to make these rock people. We made animals and families and exotic characters. Of course we did.
Shoe Box Dioramas

Shoe Box Dioramas

The girls embraced the natural look of each paper and print to make these amazingly cool dioramas. Each with a vision of her own, the girls worked hard to make these mini scenes tell a little story. 
Puppets!

Puppets!

What a gang: 2 sister pandas, an elephant, a giraffe, a cat, a monkey, and a girl. 
NEON madness

NEON madness

We began with neon foot prints, moved onto hand prints, then splattering paint right from the bottle. Then neon high fives, and eventually neon paint tag. It was bright.
Spray Paint Stencil Painting

Spray Paint Stencil Painting

Gold spray paint! The girls found different things to use as stencils, some chose lids, some chose bits of nature. Gold!

"Milk" Glass

So DIY it hurts. Well, since we all got a nice drink out of the deal, it wasn't so bad. Vases as dear as these will make you want to go and pick flowers everyday!
Little houses

Little houses

Fun little houses, for cute little mouses? (sorry) Three of the campers opted to make little houses for little critters. Complete with beds, couches, tables and chairs, huge yards with ponds and stone pathways, these little houses are labours of love.
House Shelf

House Shelf

What a very nice place to keep some knickknacks. Four of the campers decided to make these shelves, and many coats of paint and gloss were used to make the wood shine, and the patterned paper was thoughtfully chosen. I'd live there.
Colour Wheel World

Colour Wheel World

With a good understanding of the colour wheel, a nice brand new pack of felts, and a merging of the elements of earth, fun, and the love of colour, these wonderful worlds were born. 
Bird House Chimes

Bird House Chimes

First project of the June 25th Camp was to decorate these little gizmos. The girls thoughtfully and meticulously cut and pasted lovely paper scraps onto the houses to make them nice and stylish for the birds. 

June 2012

More Camp Memory Books

More Camp Memory Books

Wasn’t that a party!? We had so much fun at this camp, and we’ve made these wonderful keepsake books to remind us. We played lots of tag, invented a horse game, made skipping ropes, spent hours at the beach exploring, building castles in the sand, and sailing our ships. We had a million great laughs and enjoyed each other’s company and creative inspiration. And we made so much art! 
June Camp Highlights and ART SHOW

June Camp Highlights and ART SHOW

The first camp of the summer was awesome. We had 9 campers here, altogether, all day long, and boy did they make some cool stuff! For a lot of us, it was our first time tye-dying, which was such a fun project. We also painted, cut, pasted, sprinkled, splattered, drew, built, experimented, and shared our imaginations with each other. And the week FLEW by so fast! 
Magic Potions

Magic Potions

Some of the campers got crafty with their magic, and created all sorts of wonderful potions. Along with a number of different love potions, there were all kinds of magic recipes the kids cooked up. I think they really do work, but like anything magic, you have to believe.
Beach Treasure Hunt 2012

Beach Treasure Hunt 2012

This is one of my favourite camp projects. We go to the beach and collect natural beauty. Pure and simple.
Cardboard Beasts

Cardboard Beasts

We were inspired by mythological beasts this week, and created these fantastic creatures with cardboard, pastels, yarn, and jewels.  
Paper Clay

Paper Clay

This was our first time using this stuff, and we sure had fun molding and shaping the muck. 
Boats

Boats

On our first day of camp, we all got so excited about making boats. We spend hours fixing up all the little details on our mini ships. There were masts, rudders, crow's nests, flags, oars, cannons, telescopes, sails, steering wheels, treasure, planks, maidens in distress, pirates, and crew… We had to figure out how to make out boats balance, catch wind, and stay afloat. We floated them down at Telegraph Bay, and then made major repairs and brand new fleets and sailed again in Cadboro Bay the next day. And we can now think of ourselves as experienced naval engineers!
Camp Gnomes

Camp Gnomes

Well, camp isn’t camp without getting mucky with the goop! We made these gnomes out of recycled water bottles and newspaper. Paper mache, yahoo! Check out this crazy cast of characters!
Animal Hill

Animal Hill

Ink, pastel, and water colours were used to make these very interesting pictures. Take a close look at the variety of beasts and creatures marching over the hills!
Funny Faces!

Funny Faces!

We brought our sense of humor to camp this summer.  Seriously. 
SPRING 2012 Art Show

SPRING 2012 Art Show