Primary and Seconary School art class

Primary Years Mandala Workshop

Years 2 to 7

1.5 hour workshop per class

$5.00 per child

www.cathygrayinkwork.com.au

inkwork@adam.com.au

0413382291

Police clearance/RAN-EC Cert

3 PART LESSON

1. Introduction to the mandala (it’s history, examples in nature & uses for wellbeing)
2. Creating the mandala (tools & technique)

3. Reflection and discussion

Links to the Australian Curriculum

YEAR 2

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG042

Visual Arts – ACAVAM108

Health & PE- mental health and wellbeing

YEAR 3

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG066

Visual Arts – ACAVAM110

Health & PE- mental health and wellbeing -ACPPS033

YEAR 4

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG091

Visual Arts – ACAVAM110

Health & PE- mental health & wellbeing -ACPPS033

YEAR 5

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG112

Visual Arts – ACAVAM116

Health & PE – mental health and wellbeing

YEAR 6

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMNA133

Visual Arts – ACAVAM116

Health & PE – mental health and wellbeing

YEAR 7

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG181

Visual Arts – ACAVAM120

Health & PE – ACPPS077

Cross-curriculum priorities Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

Schools to supply felt tip pen and a pencil.  Cathy Gray Ink Work will supply all other materials.

Childrens mandalas may not be completed in that time frame and teachers are encouraged to continue these into another art class time.

Minimum requirement 3 consecutive lessons across one or several year levels.

Edwardstown Primary School Year 6/7

Morgan Scottney-Turbill

The presentation at the start engaged students to understand the benefits of Mandalas and also where they can be seen in nature and everyday life. Having the prompts for students about what they could include in the mandala and the freedom of even when you make a mistake, your mistake can make it look great and don’t erase it! That was awesome.

Edwardstown Primary School years 4/5

We thought the Cathy Gray art incursion was fantastic.  Students had already been colouring pre-made mandalas during class relaxation time, but they loved creating their own.  We will definitely be continuing these in class time! I have also recommended her to teacher friends at other schools who were interested 🙂

Kind regards,

Caroline Fitzgerald

Edwardstown Primary School years 5/6

I thought that Cathy’s mandala workshop was excellent. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being outside of the classroom learning from a professional artist.  Cathy encouraged students to step out of the comfort zone and the artwork produced was of a high standard.  We will certainly be looking for opportunities for Cathy to work with us again soon.

Regards

Martin Richards

Stirling East Primary School

Linda McClelland

We had Cathy work with 3 classes at our school and I can say it was the best incursion we have had. When your students work completely silently for 40 minutes you know they are engaged. Everyone loved what they produced. Thanks Cathy

St Raphaels Primary School

It was such a great incursion Cathy Gray. Thank you so much! Our students enjoyed it thoroughly and I loved the way that you encouraged each student and your motto that there is no wrong way of doing it as long as you start from the middle. My year 2s would have happily continued working on their mandalas for the rest of the day if I had permitted them to.

Kelly Davies

St Raphaels Primary School

Thank you Cathy for a great Incursion with my Year 3 class yesterday. They all thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I too was inspired!

Louise Claire

Wilderness Junior School

Cathy’s workshop was an outstanding and rewarding learning experience for our Year Fives. We booked Cathy’s workshop as an incursion as part of our Maths curriculum. Our students were very inspired by Cathy’s art and so engaged in the processes. The session extended each child’s creative thinking and perseverance. The students went on to identify line symmetry and rotational symmetry within their designs and described rotations, translations and reflections. We very much look forward to working with Cathy again next year!

 Here are a few of the girls’ testimonials.

I think that learning mandalas with Cathy Gray helps kids with their fine motor skills. It helps me relax and calm down. I think Cathy Gray does a great job teaching kids. – Rose (Year 5)

I think that learning mandalas with Cathy Gray is helpful because you learn how to do mindfulness and learn how to relax.  – Lyla and Minnie (Year 5)

Cathy gray ink work and roaming zen

Cathy Gray Ink Work & Roaming Zen Yoga Retreats

Cathy Gray Ink Work & Roaming Zen Yoga Retreats

Just recently I teamed up with Roaming Zen Yoga Retreat at Jura House

I spent a wonderful few hours teaching this group how to create their own mandalas.

As our worlds become faster and busier every day, we are growing aware of the importance of slowing down, reducing stress and self discovery.  The art of creating our own Mandalas helps to quieten the mind and reconnect with our innerself.

They were able to each create a beautiful piece for themselves and I was pleased to hear they continued into the next day growing their mandala.

I will be joining Roaming Zen for future retreats

Lovely feedback from Jen of Roaming Zen

Thank you -Cathy!!! An amazing workshop for our @roamingzen retreat on the weekend!
The workshop was the highlight of the weekend for our guests!!

The meditative effect of creating the Mandala was an awesome experience for everyone!

Jen

@roamingzen

Upcoming event

Escape the everyday and create time and space just for you!

Jura House & Roaming Zen have collaborated to bring you a weekend retreat of Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Relaxation and Nourishment.

Our weekend in February 2018 includes:

~ Yoga – Hatha and Yin Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Relaxation
~ Nourishing Meals , Snacks and teas
~ Art Workshop – Mandala Meditation with Cathy Gray
~ In House Wine experience with local vineyards
~ hosted weekend with Roaming Zens Jen
~ 3 nights accomodation in the beautiful Jura House
~ stay Friday to Monday
~ and so much more!

Take this opportunity to create time and space just for you!

We have rooms still available , enquire below to
Jen at jen.roamingzen@gmail.com
to reserve your spot!!

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Art Class

Art Class 2017

This year I will be holding school holiday art classes in conjunction with the Pepper St Gallery
My lesson’s are suitable for 8 – 15 year olds
During the lesson we will focus on the Mandala, its meaning and uses as well as students will draw their own.
I will supply all the materials required and help the students start their mandala which I find is always the hardest part. Students will be encouraged to draw without judgement growing their mandala in any way they please. They will be able to draw in pencil, felt tip pen or colour depending on what they choose.

This class is about reigniting creativity and encouraging children to take risks in their ability with the notion that there are no mistakes and their drawing belongs to them.

The classes will run for 2 hours

Please email Cathy inkwork@adam.com.au for enquiries

Testimonials from my most recent class

Stephanie – Thankyou Cathy!! The girls had a great time and loved your expert guidance! I’m so impressed with the standard of what they were all able to achieve in a short time! All so different! All so beautiful in their own ways!
Alison – Well done Cathy, Abbey had a great time!
Sara – So awesome. Clever lady with loads of talent. Xxx
Vanessa – The girls loved it. You were so organised. It could have been a half day! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, skills and talent.

Botanical

Botanical

So turning in a totally different direction. These are the first 2 of 3 Botanical pieces.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of this work.  I have allowed these piece’s to grow on their own with no set course.  The first into a flower then into a circle.

100 Limited Editions will be available of each.

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Instagram, yes Im an addict

Instagram

Are you an Instagram addict?

Instagram is my favourite social media platform.  I love the visual Instagram offers and Im not the only one with 1.6 billion likes and 40 million photo’s posted daily its becoming a hugely popular platform.  I am sure I spend far too much time clicking away but I love the interaction Insta brings.  I even have ‘Insta’ friendship groups, friends that have been made through years of chatting away on this awesome platform. We support each other.  A great example of this is about a year ago one of the group of artists that I had friended was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  We all felt grief for her but were unsure just what we could do.  None of us were geographically close.   It was suggested that a collaboration of our artistic work would be a lovely gift and a small sign that we were there with her on this painful journey. We sent work from around Australia to one of the group in Mt Gambier, she created a collage of our work.  It was an amazing moment when she received the package and posted a photo with the collage and a very emotional message to go with it.   You know the saying ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.

My account is almost solely art but occasionally I throw in a pic of something I love be it my family, wine or the odd dog.  I run competitions through Instagram and keep you up to date with exhibitions and open days.  So next time you are there come over and say Hello.

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram


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Interview with This is Radelaide.

RAD

Please go over and check out my interview with Radelaide by Brittany Evins.

With SALA festival on our doorstep, there are many artists who have been preparing their work for exhibiting. One of these talented and passionate beings is Cathy Gray, who explains Adelaide’s art scene as “one of the most supportive cities to be exhibiting and creating art.”

Gray is a mother of two, whose work has blossomed as she has progressed into more detailed mandalas. So much so, she took on art as a full time job in August, 2014.

The most interesting and awe-inspiring concept of her work is that she doesn’t plan any of the pieces. She said, “the only plan I have when I begin a piece is whether it will be a circle of a square. From there I start with just a dot in the middle.” Occasionally sketching out a few designs before going over them in pen. Each line is drawn free hand with no help from a computer or any technology. Although a strenuous and time consuming process, the passion and love she has for her ink work shines through in each piece.

 

Balance. Representing the balance between your soul and your being.

Balance. Representing the balance between your soul and your being.

 

Tools of the trade include:

✓ Compass
✓ Archival ink pen- “I use about 15 pens per artwork”
✓ Pencil
✓ Super smooth hot press paper

 

How long does each piece take you?
The longest one piece has taken me was about 200 hours. I spent so long on it and then I didn’t like it. I woke up in the morning and I had to do something to it and slipped, so then came a big black circle around it. As soon as I did that I said to myself, oh wow, I really love that now. The mistakes are all apart of my work, but each piece will take up to 200 hours.

Do you have any inspiration?
Not really, it’s all in my head… it’s a bit of a worry isn’t it! I don’t really know if I have an inspiration, there isn’t really anything I look at. I have done some research previously for my butterfly piece. It was after four rows of butterflies that I decided I wanted to do the whole piece as butterflies, so I did some research then. Otherwise it’s all in my head.

Why do you draw in black and white?
This work needs the calming of the black and white. Black and white can really settle your mind and visually settle your eye. I’ll never do these in colour. I do have another range, which is my décor range, which is more playful. I’ll print those in any colour, but not these.

How would you describe your work?
Intensive and precise. It’s a labour of love and they are a labour!! Don’t get me wrong, I love the process.

What is the hardest thing you find with your art?
It’s knowing when to stop. When I’ve finished the majority of the piece I have to set a time with the photographer or i’d keep going, and going, and going! The more pressure and time constraints, the more difficult it becomes… but the actual process isn’t hard, I really love my work. Art is in my genes too, I’ve always just done it. Not to this extent, but this is my passion. It’s where I want to be.

Who are your main customers?
I’ve sold to people in England, Singapore and America, which were all through Instagram actually! That’s how I get the majority of my customers. My main sellers are actually males who are generally accountants, surgeons or people who like numbers. I think it’s because they like the precision, my pattern work is very math based so I think that’s why they are attracted to them.

Reach - Drawn entirely with Butterflies. Representing the power to choose our destiny.

Reach – Drawn entirely with Butterflies. Representing the power to choose our destiny.

Each of Gray’s pieces are so detailed that every time you come back to it, you’ll see something different. Each artwork means something different to each person, evoking different emotions depending on the individual. Gray explained, “I want it to give you something… it’s about what it does for you, that’s what art is all about. To me it’s all about putting a little of you into the art.”

The piece below is about how us, as humans, interact with the environment, the clinical movement of interaction. To others, it’s an English Garden as an areal shot and to another, the back of a watch or clock, the cogs intertwining. To me, it represents ripples in a pond as the droplets spiral out.

 

We recommend checking out Cathy’s exhibition at this years SALA Festival. The astonishing and beautiful art that she creates is breathtaking and you cannot miss seeing the large scale mandalas in person!

Where: Adelaide Convention (Exhibition) Center
When: Opening night Wednesday, August 5, 6-7:30pm- continuing until the 30th of August.
Instagram: @cathygray

All images supplied via Cathy Gray & Cathy Gray Ink Work Art Facebook

 


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Corporate networking ideas

My work is now available for corporate, private and networking events in Adelaide.

All my work is professionally framed. Each piece is presented float mounted with a black frame, pieces range between 780 x 780 and 980 x 980 in size.  They are all hang ready or if you wish I can supply easels.

If you have an upcoming event why not fill the room with art.  Studies show an art experience can refresh and change us. Make us more open to learning, more creative and less mentally fatigued whilst encouraging thoughtful conversations.

I will set up the art space and provide catalogues for the event.  I am available to stay and mingle with your guests or leave you to it.

There is no charge for these events.  If you wish to charge a commission on sales please discuss this with me prior to the event.

Please contact me on 0413382291 or inkwork@adam.com.au

www.cathygrayinkwork.com.au

Corporate Events

Corporate Events


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Decor range

Decor Range

Some time back I decided to design a range of art that was somewhat flexible.  I often get asked for different colours, sizes and art that can easily be applied to textiles.  So I designed my decor range.

My decor range is available to wholesale and retail customers.  The colours are limited only by your imagination.  I generally use colours from the Pantone range but if you have a cushion or textile you would like matched this can be achieved to.  This range may also be inverted.  These pieces may be purchased framed or unframed, prints can be sized to fit the Ikea frame range but if you desire a professional finish framing can be arranged through my framer.

All of my art is printed using the Giclee process on German Etching Paper.

For prices please contact me direct on 0413382291 or inkwork@adam.com.au

www.cathygrayinkwork.com.au

Decor 1

Decor 1

Decor 2

Decor 2

Decor 3

Decor 3

Decor 4

Decor 5

Decor 5

Decor 6

Decor 6

Decor 7

Decor 8


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Interior Decorating – Work In Situ

Work In Situ

Interior Decorating and designing space.

I am more than happy to assist owners decide how and where my work will sit in their home. Although sometimes thats not possible or the new owners have a clear idea what they want. When I am not there to see the finished space receiving emails or photos from the home owner or the Interior Decorator completes the story for me.  Photos of my work in situ not only help me but they can help give others ideas or enable them to visualise how my art may look in their home.

I love seeing them sharing an insight to how they have found there way into your home and heart.

Please if you have any photos to share send them to my email. inkwork@adam.com.au

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Butterflies – REACH

REACH – The journey of Freedom

Reach is my latest piece, one of hopefully 3 new pieces for SALA this year.  When I started  I had no idea it would evolve into a butterfly piece.  I began with a few in the centre and then a few more, before long I was immersed in butterflies.  This has been a very peaceful journey for me.   I have never been particularly drawn to butterflies but I have to say I have definitely fallen in love with them. So many different shapes and colours.

I read a beautiful quote from Dean Jackson –  When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness.  They wanted her to change back into what she had always been.

But she had wings.

This resonated with me.  Butterflies represent so many things, a journey, growth, freedom and femininity.

My daughter has counted 40 butterflies how many can you count.

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