2: Circles

To move in a circle or circuit around; rotates or revolves around…

Where did the 30x30x30 Art Challenge begin all those months ago?

Do you remember the posts? The journey through the 30 weeks as we have introduced artists, seen amazing acts of generosity from sponsors, and watched the artists individual journeys through an incredible feat of creativity.

30: Call

The door to the Art Room at Treetops Montessori School, Darlington WA

We called out for artists to join our cause

29: Consensus

The process of deciding which artists would participate this year after an overwhelming response of applications

28: Community

Acknowledging the special people around us

27: Curtain

Anticipation as we draw close to introducing our first lot of 10 artists (or groups of artists)

26: Conductor

An artists brush or a conductor’s baton?

25: Commitment

Acknowledging the huge commitment by those who have become a part of the 30x30x30 Art Challenge

24: Canvas

The history of the canvas as a medium for art – more interesting than you may think!

23: Collaboration

Celebrating the work that some groups are doing for the 30x30x30 Art Challenge

22: Comment

Encouraging the participating artists to tell us about their own personal journey through this project

21: Children

Remembering that the children of Treetops Montessori School are who this project is being done for

20: Contributor

Random works in the Treetops Art Room

Thanking the sponsors for the first 10 artists

19: Contemplations

Acknowledging the meditative thought process involved in creating

18: Consider

The first delivery of 30 art works have arrived, we are awed and amazed.

17: Chance

Allowing serendipity a place in the creative process

16: Conversations

Unpicking the art of communication and it’s relationship to our creativity

15: Connection

Celebrating the beautiful relationships Treetops Montessori School is building with the extended community

14: Change

The season has changed in the Perth Hills, and the 30x30x30 Art Challenge is in full swing

13: Captivated

We are awestruck by the colourful deliveries of art works arriving at the School

12: Cultivate

How we each nourish our creative ideas

Woolen art by Treetops Montessori Students

11: Champion

Thanks to the second group of sponsors for this amazing event

10: Crystallisation

The moment when creative inspiration turns into something more concrete

9: Conundrum

A tongue-in-cheek look at my own challenge for this project

8: Continuity

Chaos and consistency in our lives as parents

7: Chord

Music and art, investigated again

6: Creditable

Thanks to the last 10 of the wonderful sponsors of this event

5: Contagious

We love how a good idea spreads

4: Construction

How we intend to display 900 works of art

3: Curious

Treetops is a hive of activity for the young artist

Information of the event, the exhibition of art on the 15th of September 2012 at the Darlington Hall, Perth Western Australia.

2: Circles

Here we are, back at where we started. The circle of this blog complete, however the 30x30x30 Art Challenge Grand Finale, the Exhibition of the 900 works of art that have been produced by our 30 exceptional artists.

Stay tuned now for the final installments!

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8: Continuity

the state or quality of being continuous. Flow, progression…
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Ahh sweet continuity, where art thou?
I can tell you from this bloggers desk, it ain’t here! I have had my “Mum” hat on this past fortnight with school holidays upon us. No doubt there are a good portion of you, dear readers, who have been in a similar state of turmoil.
What does make me laugh is that we plod through our children’s term times, day by day, wishing for the school holidays. We dream of a peaceful cup of tea in the morning instead of the usual “What do you mean you can’t find a pair of matching socks?” conversation. Of course the reality is vastly different. Is there really such a thing as a peaceful school holidays?
In any case, I am here to blog about continuity, not carry on like a two-bob watch!

Peaceful continuity.

Continuity does not rule out fresh approaches to fresh situations.
Dean Rusk

To me, continuity is part of the cycle of life. I find I often reflect back to how we connect with nature, and how we fit in with it all.

Continuity is essential, it is the one thing that gives us consistency and a definite reference point for our chaotic lives. We can always count on the rising of the sun, the shift of the seasons, the position of the stars in the night sky. We count on the rhythms of life to bring us a sense of grounding and stability.

For our children, there will always be dinner on the table, there will always be clothes to wear and safe places to play. How blessed we are.

So, fellow parents, let us be continuous for our children and relish every moment of chaos in our lives.

15: Connection

A relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.

The connection Treetops Montessori School is building with the extended community on this 30x30x30 project is just wonderful. As a member of the parent body, and a member of the Board of the School I can see the immediate benefits the project is having for the school.

The 30x30x30 project is raising awareness throughout the community to people who may never have heard of Treetops Montessori School. It is such a wonderful time for us to demonstrate how important community connection is to the school.

Did you know that Montessori encourages a community connection? Students are involved in various projects for the community from plantings on the Darlington Reserve to painting bus shelters in the area. The senior school students currently studying for their IB (International Baccalaureate) have a portion of their curriculum dedicated to the community.

In our current environment – constantly criticised for the lack of community involvement of young people (if you watch the news in any case), this connection is absolutely vital.

I am proud to be a Montessori parent and to be part of our very own School Community.

20: Contributor

a person or thing that contributes something, in particular.

Now that the first 10 Challenge artists are underway we would like to acknowledge the wonderful people behind the scenes that have generously contributed to our cause. The sponsors of the artists Behind Curtain 1 have provided financial support to ensure the creation of 300 artworks, that would otherwise not have come into existence. These patrons of the arts are proudly supporting the Challenge artists, their local community and the children of Treetops Montessori School.

We encourage all friends of the 30x30x30 Challenge to support our generous sponsors.

Magic Shoebox of Maylands sponsoring Karena Holden
Midway Ford, Midland sponsoring Each One Teach One art group
The Darlington Pines General Store sponsoring Fiona Fisher
Mosh Organic Concept Salon of Darlington sponsoring Harry Barden
Mundaring Dome Cafe sponsoring Andrea Day
Petra Calcis Exploration of Parkerville sponsoring Reanne Jackson & Joy Glassen
Noralee Pty Ltd of Floreat sponsoring Tom Hogg
Taplan Pty Ltd of Mundaring sponsoring Vivian Paans
Thai on the Hill Restaurant, Kalamunda sponsoring Roslyn Blackburn
Little Caesars Pizzeria, Mundaring sponsoring Michelle Reynolds

22: Comment

a remark often related to an added piece of information, or an observation or statement

Many have commented on the possibly excessive use of words beginning with the letter “C” in the 30x30x30 Challenge blog and promotional material.

Curious to know how this came about?

When we were conceptualising the 30x30x30 Challenge, we found we had many layers to the project, many of them coincidentally starting with a “C”.

Sarah Thornton-Smith, one of the originators of the 30x30x30 alongside Dixie Bartle from Treetops Montessori School, wrote:

“The C word story derives from the brand building of the 30x30x30 Challenge logo. Dixie provided the vision of the project and when I was trying to work out how to put the call for artists – I wanted it to be different, honest and cheeky at the same time.Thirty reasons became thirty weeks [or vice versa] and the connections became apparent. The word “Call” was instrumental in initiating the c words …”.

Thirty “C” words …

25: Commitment

The act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself

The irony is not lost on me, as a humble blogger, that the Commitment post is the one I have stumbled on! So many ideas about aspects of commitment, I feel that I could write a self-help book, rather than a quickly digestible blog. Enough of my personal challenges, let’s explore commitment with respect to the people who are involved in this project.

So what exactly is a commitment?

As I see it, a commitment is a promise that you make to complete a specific task. We all make multitudes of commitments in our life. Think about our family commitments, work, community involvement, social groups. In fact, our whole society is built upon the innate trust that individuals will honour their commitments. Commitments to your self are probably the most important ones of all, and probably the hardest to keep (uh oh, sounds like we are heading down self-help territory again).

Personally, I think the commitment of the people (organiser or artist) involved in the 30x30x30 Challenge is pure dedication. We are looking not just at a quick project to be thrown together over a weekend or two… but 30 weeks of production.

There is a small but dedicated group of individuals in the background, tirelessly pulling this project together, all for the benefit of the Treetops Montessori School in Darlington WA. There are artists who are busy harvesting ideas and beginning the creative process.

And why are all the artists doing this Challenge? Have a read of each individual artist’s profile, as each one of them touches upon their personal journey to fill their canvases…