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Celebrate 20 Years in the Creative Arts!

Celebrate 20 Years in the Creative Arts!

Join Colour My World as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary

Yes, that’s right, Colour My World has been expanding and collaborating with artistic minds since 2000. Over the coming months we will be marking this milestone in a variety of exciting ways, including our 20th Anniversary production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Director, Daryl Walker, has said that ‘everything from the acting to designing the sets is coming together’ and that ‘the performers are doing some great things that they can’t wait to show you’. Colour My World’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place on March 14th and 15th 2020 at Y-Studio, Youth Square in Chai Wan. This pop musical of Dream resonates our 2005 production performed at dusk in Hong Kong Park. Tickets going on sale at URBTIX starting from 7 Feb 2020! 

In other news, we have some amazing collaborations coming up, including Art Basel, where we will be hosting art tours and activities at the UBS Junior Art Hub. Stay tuned for more info!

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out our Chinese New Year workshops. We have some fantastic courses on offer, and more details can be found on our Facebook page and website.

For all the latest news and updates follow our Facebook and Instagram pages, and if you feel inspired by anything you see, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

Colour My World Visual Arts E-Bulletin Jan-Feb 2020

Colour My World Visual Arts E-Bulletin Jan-Feb 2020

MASTER CHALLENGE!

Celebrate the start of a new decade with our 2020 Masters’ Challenge. From Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Hundwertwasser to contemporaries such as Reynolds, Council and more. These titans of creativity have driven our participants to paint, sculpt, sketch. stitch and design a storm of fantastic work. Happy New Year!

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

www.colour-my-world.com/visualarts 

ENROL NOW: Term starts from 28 Dec 2019! 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, graphic design and modern architecture can be used for boosting sustainability awareness, advertising campaigns and commercial messaging.

Explorer’s Art   (3 – 4.5 yrs)

Kaleidoscope Republik

Referencing photographs of Hong Kong skylines, buildings and aerial shots, artists will plan and draw their own fantasy landscapes. Influenced by Austrian artist/architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, our little Explorers will have at their disposal, acrylic and squeegee paints, paste paper, as well as their creative minds! On a sizeable 50x60cm canvas, interpretations of the Hong Kong city space will be transformed and then constructed 3-dimensionally.

Core Art   (4.5 yrs+)

Kaleidoscope Republik

Embrace and reconnect with the harmony of our natural environment. Using colour, shape and texture as a tool to ‘revive’ Hong Kong landscapes, here’s your chance to bring flat grey buildings to life in a large–scale group painting. Study Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s artwork of colour and flowing form as well as his work advocating environmental protection to create this gigantic masterpiece.

Also inspired by Hundertwasser’s use of tones and hues, and a focus on marine habitats, create an experimental felting project, layering whimsical shades of merino wool to form an abstract fibre art piece.

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+)

The Globetrotting Illustrator

Taking a bird’s eye view of locations far and beyond, explore the foundational elements of map projection and representation of 3-dimensional geographic phenomena on flat surface. With a focus on line work and composition in illustrated maps, create a foldable map of an imaginary island. All inspired by Bristol-based artist Andy Council.

 

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+)

Patchwork – The Magnificent Inside Out

Consider the ‘wrong side’ of stitch work in this Abigail Reynolds-inspired patchwork module. The Cornwall-based collage artist will lead in this investigation into the reverse side of fibre work, exposed seams and those extra bits of hidden fabric to create texture and volume.

 

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+)

POV (Point of View) – Day in a Life

Have you ever wanted to see what life was like through another person’s eyes? Film your daily routine from eye level. Make a bowl of cereal, or tie your shoes to create a 1st person narrative of your life.

DSLR – Digital Photography   (10 yrs+)

Surreal Photomontage

Arrange a series of your own photographs of one subject matter to create a single image that’s both surreal and engaging. Using Lightroom and Photoshop you’ll have the freedom to photomontage images collectively to convey a duration of time, and create a whole new world that entices and inspires.

Stop Motion Animation   (8 yrs+)

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

Sketchbook Studies / Painting   (10 yrs+)

Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible – Studying the Absence of a Picture

Design with the deliberate intent to leave parts unfinished in our first module of cross-contour drawing and spatial perspective. Exploring the concept of unfinished work – as essential guide to understanding art movements from the Renaissance and Modern Art – manipulate the narration of your composition and evoke a sense of mystery. What messages will your viewers unravel from the gaps in your incomplete composition rendered in a final painting in acrylic?

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.

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

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.

Our Audition Tips

Our Audition Tips

Hello Everyone!

This is your friendly neighborhood theatre director and since it is audition season, I just wanted to pass along some tips to help you get the part.

Tip 1: First Impressions are EVERYTHING!! When you walk into the room you have to exude confidence! Hold your head up high and “own” it. Make sure you don’t shuffle your feet and try to speak as clearly as possible and make sure you are heard.

Tip 2: Show your personality. Speak in complete sentences and try to be as likeable as possible. Directors can always sense a little bit about your personality by how you interact with them in an audition.

Tip 3: Do your research. Make sure you know what you are auditioning for and prepare all the required pieces. If it is a musical, make sure you have a song with the accompaniment. Never go into an audition without at least reading the play/musical that you are auditioning for.

Tip 4: Loosen up! Relax your body before you walk into the room. Do a few stretches in the waiting area and try not to let your nerves get the better of you. If you walk in relaxed, the person watching you will automatically relax as well.

These are just a few tips to get you going. Don’t forget we have auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Pop Musical August 30 and September 6 at 4:00-5:00 and September 7, 2019 at 2:30-3:30 and again at 4:00-5:00.