Deanna Maich-Kohler - the driver but I take passengers!

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Environmental Artist Deanna Maich-Kohler is a registered teacher and offers environmental workshops in her local region of Atherton. Her workshops are available as one on one of group over most holidays. The include: eco dyeing cloth, natural dye painting, upcycling clothes, hapa-zome (hammered plant prints). "The lack of legislation around plastics and toxins in landfill and our marine world can be overbearing. Changing our language and habits are things we can do to make this world more liveable for future generations" Deanna delivers workshops not only focussing on new skills, but investigating where we source our arts supplies, the role we play in maintaining a healthy environment, and how we can influence others with environmental choices. Deanna has an undergraduate degree in languages and theatre, a diploma in arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She is one of the founding members of ACAC - Atherton Childrens Art Club, which was established in 2014. She has recently (Dec 2017) illustrated three of her sister's books - Bianca Begovich.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Atherton Childrens Art Society ACAC October 2015 exhibition

The Herberton Road Refuse Centre was instrumental in my collection of hubcaps and some bower bird pieces including a large box of buttons for the workshops. The students washed and assembled the pieces with the help of volunteers. We studied how the environment can be improved or damaged by our actions. The workshops concerned marine debris and the repercussions of disposing of our wrappers, plastic cups into the waterways and most importantly how we can reduce waste by using other items. 

Wind Catching workshop at Atherton After School Care

Kids were primed and the natural collectors brought in keys, plumbing pieces, cutlery and seeds. One girl brought in pre-drilled knives and forks and I asked who owned the fantastic drill that did such a wonderful job. She said "my 6 year old brother" - not sure if he actually drilled these hardy pieces but they certainly made a wonderful windchime clang. The classes were an hour each but due to the mixed ages of the group and abilities of half of the students to tie knots, two hours would go better next time.