October 2019

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Writer

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Writer

Establishing a Writer’s Habit

Five Top Tips!

The hardest part about being a writer is sitting down to write. 

Below are five top tips to help you get that best seller on bookshelves!

 

1.  Schedule a set time each day to write. And write. This could be as little as 15 minutes.

2. Set up a space and use that space for writing only. The muse will turn up, but you have to show up first.

3. No distractions! Turn off the phone, the television, and computer! Write on pen and paper first.

4. Carry a writer’s notebook. Keep it with you at all times. When you have an idea write it down.

5. Ask family and friends to respect your writing schedule. Tell them not disturb you when you work. Encourage them to make you tea and give you snacks.

Written by Mark McPherson  

 

Colour My World Engineering Creative Workshops at Tai Kwun Contemporary Family Day

Colour My World Engineering Creative Workshops at Tai Kwun Contemporary Family Day

With the October opening of Tai Kwun Contemporary’s brand-new group exhibit, “Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk In the Year of the Future”, comes brand new Family Day creative workshops. As always, we relate the art activities to the exhibit theme, which in this case revolve around grand futuristic visions and thoughts about our ever-evolving technological strides. Thanks to the imagination and skills of Colour My World team, we have come up with two projects for the family visitors. “Animatronics Armour” lets us create and design a functioning “mechanical” arm that, through the kinetic effect of rings and strings, encourages foundation engineering as well as personal artistic flair. Simultaneously, “Cyber Metropolis” focuses on how to assemble and enhance with decorative illustration our very own future city-night lamp out of card and florescent colour.

We aspire to match playfulness with education by letting our young learners try their hands at fun, creative challenges, and if the responses from our opening Family Day is anything to go by, this concept is working better than ever. And hey, if parents continue to re-discover the joy of the creative process as adults, that’s a huge plus as well.

After witnessing a full day of family joy with collaboration and friendly competition, I leisurely strolled around the fair grounds. As I entered the contemporary art exhibit, I took out my sketchbook and, through the lens of my own artistic interpretations, jotted down some of the various masterpieces on display. The final result ended up being a summary of my experiences within the amazing new exhibit.

 

By Andreas von Buddenbrock

18 October 2019

Visual Arts E-Bulletin Nov-Dec 2019

Visual Arts E-Bulletin Nov-Dec 2019

Visual Arts Programme Guide

REFLECT ON THE OLD AND EMBRACE THE NEW!

At this time of the year, we explore the theme of antiquity and regard for Lost Art, embracing new outlook on Restoration and Reconstruction through a range of media and techniques such as sculpting our favourite museum lost treasure, embroidering recovered fabrics, painting a beautifully restored porcelain piece, illustrating our favourite things to campaign powerful publicity and many more!

To find out more about our Visual Arts Workshops, visit: 

www.colour-my-world.com/visualarts 

ENROL NOW: Term starts from 30 October!

Existing students do NOT need to re-enrol.

Core Art Yearly Focus – Fine Art and Design

Compose compelling original artwork and expand your skills in design. From Japanese contemporary art to early 20th century Russian Avant Garde, you will discover how the visual language of fashion, product and graphic design can be used for advertising campaigns and commercial messaging.

Explorer’s Art   (3 – 4.5 yrs)

Go Stone Age

Design your own Neolithic characters, animals and patterns in this prehistorically focussed term of ‘Go Stone Age’. Imitate primitive paintings using crude tools to create a textured ‘cave wall’ and create a stylised sculptural deity of your imagination. Add some earth tones and your work will stand alongside some of the oldest art ever discovered.

Core Art   (4.5 yrs+)

Lost Art

Go in search of the world’s lost art! We will be exploring how artists recreate artwork that has vanished! Inspired by the likes of Michael Rakowitz’s, looted masterpieces will be reimagined. Join us to create a 3D clay model, rich in texture and a relief collage that plays with volume and space.  Sign up now for your chance to rediscover a lost treasure.

Ready-Set-Draw Yearly Focus – The Art of Illustration

Explore the roles of illustration in areas of storytelling, persuasion and commentary over a myriad of themes and subjects. This upcoming year focuses on in-depth exploration of illustration and practical techniques such as realism through lighting, texture, perspective and tone. Expand your expertness on fabric and wood and follow your story over themes and subjects.

Ready-Set-Draw   (8 yrs+)

Illustrative Publicist

Create your own product-focused-ad-illustration through sketching, watercolour and typography to create an illustration based on a classical painting. Referencing the realistic renderings of Joe McKendry and Norman Rockwell your aim will be to produce a piece of publicity art that is both clever and humorous.

NEW Junior Ready-Set-Draw   (6 – 8 yrs)

Creative Sketchbooks

Art courses for 6-8 year olds with themes centering on narrative, animals landscapes, portraiture and comics, coming soon!  Please contact Colour My World for more information.

Tactile Textile   (10 yrs+)

Embroidery – Textile Adornment

Drawing on the conservation project at CHAT (The Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile at The Mills) embroidery techniques will be applied to printed or painted fabrics. Practise your textile skills to produce contextualised backgrounds, which will bring your embroidered work to life.

Sculpture Culture   (Pottery-Ceramics 8 yrs+)

Fundamentals Master Class

Learn to build three-dimensionally and excel in creation that takes form in art ware, figurines, sculpture, decorative and applied art objects. Acquire fundamental skills from pinching, coiling,  slab to wheel-throwing, we shall experiment with new materials whilst utilizing techniques of slip casting, clay modeling, and surface texturing. 

The Digital:Hub – Animation, DSLR & Filmmaking   (8 yrs+, 10 yrs+)

Filmmaking   (10 yrs+)

Superhero Trailer

Join us for an extensive look into pre-production planning, timing and visual story telling. Develop your advance storytelling skills and basic camera techniques to create a 30 second trailer, around the Superhero theme.

DSLR – Digital Photography   (10 yrs+)

Cutout Montage

Explore the boundaries of experimental photography. French photographer Jean Faucheur’s fragmented photography plays with perspective and dissects portraiture to create stylised compositions. Learners will acquire DSLR portrait techniques, lighting set-ups and creating optical illusions in this digital photography course, playing with geometric cutout and image manipulation.

Stop Motion Animation   (8 yrs+)

Compile still photography to create computer animation. Narrative and story board creation.

Sketchbook Studies / Painting   (10 yrs+)

Deconstruction / Reconstruction

Enter the reconstructed world of the deconstructed. Broken ceramics will be reformed and then observed and recreated in drawings. With a focus on the principles of design, balance, rhythm and dominance, our budding artists will be directed to convey the emotional qualities of abstract creations with oils on canvas. All the more informed by artist Yee Sookyung’s imperfect sculptures composed from mismatched broken pieces of porcelain.

Mentor Studio   (13 yrs+)

For art enthusiasts who are considering Art for GCSE, A-Levels, IGCSE or IB; or who simply enjoy being stretched artistically. Mentor Studio is open to any participants who want to strengthen their skill repertoire, build on their collection of portfolio-worthy artworks, or explore challenging themes through open-end self-enquiry guided closely by a mentor. Acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of art-form, techniques and styles used as we guide you through various artistic decision and pathways to artistic achievement.

To Be or Not to Be or Fake It Till You Make It

To Be or Not to Be or Fake It Till You Make It

This month’s blog post comes from Daryl Walker, our Head of Performing Arts and Business Strategist and he wants to talk about following your dreams.

Growing up in a big city in the Midwest I’ve always known I wanted to do more than what my life at the moment had to offer. I grew up pretty ordinary. My parents divorced when I was young and that too seemed normal. All of my friends were raised by a single parent so I didn’t know anything was different. Now it wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies but it was mine and I wouldn’t change anything about it.

I was always into performing and putting on shows when I was younger, but every time anyone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said, a lawyer. It wasn’t because I really wanted to be a lawyer I just really wanted to play one on TV.

Fast forward to when I was 13 and was bitten by the acting bug and I never turned back. I wanted to see and hear everything theatre; it was my happy place, but I still never openly admitted I wanted to go into the performing arts until I was in university. I didn’t just want to act I wanted to direct, produce, and also work behind the scenes.
At the same time, there was a shift in my life. I decided I didn’t want to stay in America any longer. On a whim I decided to move to South Korea and put my performing arts career on hold. I missed it, but eventually I found a great theatre group to perform with and the same old feelings I had came flooding back. I needed more. I decided I had to learn even more than I knew before. I started learning monologues to refresh myself. I got a Masters in Entertainment Business just so I could learn more and eventually would be able to go into any field in the Business.

But my time in Korea had to come to an end. I needed to move on and figure out what the next step would be. I moved to Hong Kong on another whim. I knew I loved it here but was not sure about moving here. Would I be able to do any acting? Would I feel fulfilled or accomplished? I got a job at Colour My World and I was pretty lucky to find a job at a creative arts studio that valued my input on not just things related to Drama but also some of the day to day things to help the company grow. I am able to do so many wonderful things here.

Is this my last stop? No. I have to keep pushing myself to make sure the goals I set out are fresh in my mind and make sure each move is a stepping stone to something that’s bigger and better. So I guess the moral is; never feel complacent. No one is going to give you your dream on a silver platter. You have to go and take it. Hard work and your perseverance will pay off. I am not there yet, but I am closer than ever before from really doing what I set out to do so many years ago.