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Create a dreamscape with Tai Snaith

Tai Snaith dreamscape
21 September 2020

Get your creative juices flowing with this school holiday workshop from artist and published author Tai Snaith!

With Tai's guidance and inspiration, kids and adults alike can delve deep into their imaginations and create the place of their dreams using watercolour, paper and glue.

Referencing classic books like Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and also oddities found in nature and natural history books, Tai guides viewers through an easy three-part process to create their very own fictional dreamscape.

During the videos, Tai also sheds light on her process for creating the large commissioned artwork, Open Book, for the State Library's Russell Street Welcome Zone. She touches on how she used books from Victoria's Street Collection as inspiration for this artwork.

To build your own dreamscape you will need:

  • Two sheets of A3 watercolour paper
  • An A3 piece of cardboard (old box is fine, big enough to fit one of the pieces of paper)
  • A simple set of watercolours or other paints if you have them
  • Paint brushes, preferably a small, medium and large paint brush
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue and something to put it in and stick to apply it
  • Water for washing out your paint brushes
  • A hairdryer for drying your paintwork

You can use your dreamscape as a setting for a story. What would the title be? What kind of characters would live there?

Suitable for 5-12 year olds, their parents and carers.

Watch Tai Snaith's dreamscape tutorials

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