Paint What You Hear workshops are directed by musician Erica Rasmussen and visual artist Zakiya Kurdi. The workshops use classical and contemporary music and visual art to engage young people and adults in the arts, inviting them to respond to live music using crayons and paint.
Participants listen to classical music and respond to the music exploring lines and shape. Children learn about the elements of music and how to capture sound on paper. Participants are then invited to let loose with paint-rock duo Afterwhite to create group canvases. Afterwhite (drums & guitar) play original music while they paint. The workshops are engaging, fun and messy!
For information about upcoming Paint What You Hear workshops, please visit the Events page.
“Love love loved it! Kids let loose and were stimulated by things they aren’t normally exposed to. Thank you!”
– ArtPlay mum.
“Fantastic combination of different musical instruments and sounds, and applications!! Loved getting messy and feeling free as well as the more structured beginning. Great guidance to achieve the goal (painting to music). A sense of freedom with the different mediums (music and art).”
If you would like more information or would like to book a Paint What Year Hear workshop please contact Erica – email@example.com
Erica and Zakiya are quite flexible and are willing to adjust Paint What You Hear workshops to suit various environments.
Zakiya Kurdi currently coordinates and delivers Visual Arts, English as an Additional Language (EAL) and a multi-lingual Language Other Than English (LOTE) program at Debney Meadows Primary School for grade prep-six students. In this role she also collaborates with artists and professional partners from the wider community. Zakiya has also worked at the Australian International Academy of Victoria and Meadow Fair North Primary School.
Zakiya has completed a Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at RMIT, and in 2011 completed a Post-Graduate Certificate for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honour Society at RMIT.
Zakiya collaborated with Erica Rasmussen at Debney Meadows Primary School for three years in the classroom and on a number of community projects, including the Falling Colours of Autumn. Zakiya and Erica are also currently co-writing a textbook which provides primary school teachers with music and art activities to use in the classroom. Together they are passionate about engaging young people in the arts and raising the profile of the arts in schools.
Phillip Island local gardener/artist Sam Haycroft and Melbourne-based artist/musician Julian Medor join creative forces as paint and musical chaos outfit Afterwhite. With over a dozen exhibitions in their portfolio, the creative machine is taking steps to disassemble the art and music world as they know it. Afterwhite have performed at rock venues around Melbourne including the Evelyn Hotel, Revolver Upstairs and the Arthouse, as well as at Café Lugano, Phillip Island.
With paintbrushes attached to electric guitar and percussion drum set, the pair perform their music whilst painting canvas simultaneously. Participation is actively encouraged and results have always been fun. Children love to join in, embracing the reckless abandon and actively expressing themselves in the moment. The first rule of Afterwhite is: ‘There are no rules.’
Julian Medor completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of Art in 2007 and received the Fringe Festival Visual Arts Award in 2006. He has also been a finalist in the He Who Dreams competition and Mary and Lou Senini Award. Julian’s work have appeared in various publications including Vice Magazine and Lucky Magazine. Sam Haycroft has exhibited in numerous underground galleries, cafes and warehouses throughout his career. Sam is also guitarist in the band Sydonia which has toured in the USA with bands such as Korn, Slipknot and Lamb of God. Both Sam and Julian are very active in the Melbourne music and visual arts scene.
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DRESS UP ATTACK! FESTIVAL – SYDNEY
Paint What You Hear will be presenting again at Dress Up Attack! Festival in Sydney! Come and join us for two sets of awesome fun!! Don't miss it!
Date: Saturday 17th September
Location: The Sydney Portugal Community Club, 100 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW
Get your tickets here. And check out Dress Up Attack! website here.
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PAINT WHAT YOU HEAR
Paint What You Hear will feature as part of Kinderling Kids Radio Danceteria at MPavilion.
Kinderling Kids Radio has you sorted for music, dancing and heaps of family fun. It’s perfect for kids aged up to six and their parents. The event will also include arts and crafts activities and stories run by Kiddyrock and designed to trigger imagination.
Date: Saturday 16 January Time: 10.15-11.00am Location: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road Cost: Free!
Late night event!
SOUNDS LIKE A STORY
Can you tell a story through music? What instrument would you pick to represent the hero? What instrument would you pick to represent the villain?
Artist: Erica Rasmussen
Learn about telling a story through music using percussion instruments such as shakers, drums and triangles. Draw your story then perform the music for one another.
Date: Saturday 16 January & Saturday 30 January Time: 2.00-3.30pm Location: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne Age: 5 to 8 years Cost: $15 per child
Paint What You Hear will be happening as part of Heide Art Bubs. Erica will lead children and their carers through various activities including playing with percussion instruments to create an orchestra and painting to music.
Location: Assemble Heide III Information Desk
Event category: Kids & Families
Admission: Adult $22 / Concession $18
Heide Bubs is a twice-monthly program for parents, babies and toddlers that offers an interactive guided tour with activity stops through the exhibitions, gardens or sculpture park. Enjoy a delicious morning tea from Café Vue at Heide, crayon drawing, and other art activities for the kids.
Suitable for pre-school children, ages 0 to 5.
Children Free. Cost includes admission & morning tea.
Late night event!
RATTLE, TING, SWISH, PLOP!
Join musician Erica Rasmussen and visual artist Zakiya Kurdi for a tactile exploration of sound and colour.
Play with a range of percussion instruments where you will respond to all sorts of sounds using movement, crayons and paint to produce spontaneous, creative visual artworks inspired by the music.
Age: Walkers 2 years and under
Dates and times: Wednesday 27 January and Thursday 28 January, 10am to 10.45am; 11.15am to 12noon
Paint What You Hear workshops are directed by musician Erica Rasmussen and visual artist Zakiya Kurdi. The workshops use classical and contemporary music and visual art to engage young people and adults in the arts, inviting them to respond to live music using crayons and...