Northern Outlook : August 27th 2014
NEWS Game on, super-sized NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 27, 2014 7 Flight: Woodend art teacher Joanne McDougall with one of her pieces exploring things that move through the air. Speed classes on art expo agenda By SHANNON BEYNON Colour fun: Kaiapoi is now home to a life-sized naughts and crosses board, thanks to an initiative from YouMeWeUs. On Wednesday, Kaiapoi Menz Shed members Kevin Burney and Paul Grenier delivered a giant toy box to house the playing pieces when not in use. This weekend’s Woodend Art and Craft Expo will give budding artists and crafters of all ages the chance to try their hands at a new skill. Woodend art teacher Joanne McDougall will be giving speed classes on drawing cute cartoon critters. ‘‘We’ll be doing some warm-ups, and the children will draw with me as we create some cute wee critters. We’ll have a good look at how to change drawings with simple lines, and we should end up with a couple of nice wee things to take away.’’ McDougall has been teaching primary school children to paint and draw from her home studio in Woodend for 15 years. ‘‘I trained in the meteorological profession originally, but I’ve always painted and drawn as a hobby. Then I was a stay-athome mum in the days when after school programmes didn’t exist, and always had a house full of children.’’ Formal classes grew naturally over time. ‘‘I usually have around 25 students, in classes of six or so children after school each day.’’ Other speed classes include hair braiding, pottery, sugarcraft, needlefelting, Steampunk jewellery, gingerbread men decorating, peg dolls, and stone carving. McDougall, who works in acrylic and watercolour, will be selling her art at the expo, along with other local artists.
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