Do I need to have had any art experience before I come along?
Not at all. If you have never done any art before, the last time you picked up a paint brush was at school or you are a practising artist - these sessions are for you. We never stop learning and every human is creative in some way. If you have a passion or merely a curiosity to see what your visual creativity has to offer, then come and have a play. As adults we sometime forget how important it is to never stop playing. It relieves tension and stress and releases dopamine (feel good neurotransmitter) into our brain! This is your (well deserved) time out.
Why do you do a meditation before each session?
I call it meditation but really it's just slowing down... stopping the brain, body and mind for a few moments to catch our breath. We all rush. It's inevitable these days and we deserve time to slow down, relax and recharge. This is the reason Hubert and Mavis exists... to wind you back, give to your soul and top you up so you have more energy for all the other things you need to do in your day. (Meditation is for adult sessions only).
Do I get a discount if I book more than one session?
Book four (4) or more sessions* at once, and they can be any session you like, add the discount code '4SESSIONS' to your cart and you will receive a 10% discount off your whole order.
* Weekday women’s sessions only)
To add several dates, select your first DATE from the list, then click ADD TO CART, select second date wish to book and click ADD TO CART and so on… your dates will appear in your cart and you can review them and then book away! Please get in touch if you wish further direction with this booking system.
How do I add several dates/sessions
to my one cart?
Do you host private functions?
Yes! Book your birthday party, corporate work office wind-down session, hens' or girls' function day or night. Ring Sim on 0407 772 802 to discuss options.
General information about sessions.
LOCATION: 30 Kauri Road Hawthorndene SA 5051
This is a residential address so please respect privacy and only visit when you are booked into a sessions or dropping off kids for a session. Please also be respectful of the of neighbours when arriving and leaving - thank you : )
PARKING: On street only. No parking in driveways please.
ARRIVAL: Please arrive on time or a few minutes early. We will have a cuppa for 5 mins prior to a session but relaxation time will begin at 5 mins past the start time and the studio door will be shut during this time to save interruption. If you are late please wait until the door is opened again. If raining I am sorry and just duck under the back porch! Thank you for your understanding here - it is important for participants to enjoy this quiet time and become present and in the 'zone' without interruption.
CLOTHING: This is art - it gets messy (just how we like it!) so please don't wear your favourite white Sunday frock! Although aprons are provided acrylic paint will not come out of fabric.
SIGN IN: When you enter a session you must sign in yourself or your child in which allows us to call an ambulance or admit first aid if required.
CHILDREN: Parents are encouraged to drop their children, sign them in and return at the end of the session. If you would like to stay you are welcome and may do so in the waiting area. We understand that some children may need parents to stay for a bit but we'd love to nurture independence. Happy to be as flexible as families need here too.
Children must be toilet trained and been to the toilet prior to session - don't want your munchkins busting through a session! There is no toilet in the studio, there is inside the house if they need to go prior to session with your attendance. Children will never be left unattended and I am the only tutor on site.
Children must be walked into the studio signed in and out by a parent / guardian, they are not to be unattended arriving or leaving the studio. They also must remain in the studio at all times during sessions.
What is abstract painting?
Abstract paintings and drawings are a playground of visual delights. In abstract art, the artist can create worlds of colour and contemplation. Abstract artists use form, colour, line, texture, pattern, composition and process to present ideas and evoke emotions in a poetic, nonlinear fashion. An abstract painting can be about any one or combination of these elements.
Abstract art has the ability to express what other visual art styles cannot. It can address concepts that are intangible and theoretical, existing in the realms of mind and spirit, rather than in outer reality. Abstract art utilises pure colour, shape, and form to express its meaning, without getting bogged down in the storylines carried by objects and scenery. A such, abstract art can touch the emotions in a fresh, raw and powerfully direct way.
Although abstract art exists as a general style describing non-objective art, there are many, many different styles within the genre. Each style of abstract art serves its own particular meaning or agenda. In addition, each artist has his or her own individual style. For example, some artists use many colors, while others use minimal color. Some abstract artists incorporate lots of patterns and details, and others just paint vast blocks of color. There are artists who focus on the push and pull of negative and positive space (or other formal qualities), while others focus on visual story-telling. In short, there are many different ways to approach abstract art!
A brief list of the many different abstract art styles/movements include: minimalism, abstract expressionism, aboriginal art, non-objective, neo-plasticism, color field, lyrical abstraction, post-painterly abstraction, Russian Constructivism, geometric abstraction, and action painting.
To examine an abstract painting or drawing in terms of its style, you need to actively take note of the following areas: form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process.
The main unifying element amongst all forms of abstract art is that the work is non-objective and non-representational. This means that the artwork does not intentionally look like anything. Abstract art can be based on a form that exists in reality, or it can be based purely on the imagination. In abstract art, the process is often just as important (if not more important in the experience of the artist), than the final product. There are many ways that an artist can apply paint to an abstract painting, such as rolling, brushing, splattering, dripping, scraping or soaking the paint. Their brushstrokes may be rough and choppy, or fine and delicate. They may work entirely intuitively, creating the abstract painting off the top of their head. Or they might take the pre-planned approach, carefully penciling in the details before putting the brush to canvas. In addition, abstract artists can also attach sand or other forms of texture to the canvas to create an added dimension to the artwork.