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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Challenger 23 – Ria Trevor

From Behind Curtain 3, we are excited to announce that Ria Trevor, having succomed to her intense desire to create, has already completed all of her 30 artworks!  Ria explains her approach to the commencement of the challenge:

This is my first involvement in a group Challenge and I am excited to be a part of it.  I am looking forward to meeting other fellow Artists also involved in the challenge.  It will give me the chance to introduce myself as an Artist to the community and a further opportunity to form new friendships with like-minded people.  Personally, the challenge for me will be coming up with new and original ideas to ensure that each piece is beautifully designed and delivered.  We are often our own worst critic and I tend not to rest until I am convinced that each piece of work I do is up to standard of almost perfection.  Overall I look forward to experiencing this Challenge, and seeing completed Art Works by the other fellow Artists.

Revisit Ria’s journey and the promise she has made as a result of participating in the challenge.



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

21: Children

young human beings; our future

The most important ‘c’ word of all, at the centre of this project are the children of Treetops Montessori School.  The 30x30x30 Challenge project embodies all of the values and virtues that we wish our children to observe and absorb.

“The things [s]he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.”
(Maria Montessori)

As well as being a model for our children, the 30x30x30 project will raise funds to assist Treetops Montessori School in providing creative educational opportunities for it’s students.

Each component of the project, each layer, each person who creates, supports, facilitates, and helps is doing so for the benefit of our children.  We are so grateful that the child is valued and cherished in our society, as our future is in their hands.

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”
(Maria Montessori)

It is with thanks and wonderment that when we see the contribution made by so many individuals to the success of the 30x30x30 Challenge project, for the benefit of our children, we see great hope and a promise for our future…


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 …

Challenger 5 – Andrea Day

From Behind Curtain 1, we are excited to announce that Andrea Day has commenced her challenge.  From her Queens Park studio Andrea will be creating 30 artworks during the month of April.  Andrea describes her challenge:

“With this body of 30 works I want to create a piece within a piece within a piece. That is, I want to make 30 rings that are each a stand-alone piece, then slot each ring into a painting which is a stand-alone piece, and then present all 30 works together as a piece of art in its own right. As a whole the 30 pieces together will be based on a colour matrix that starts with the ring, extends within the painting and binds the whole body of 30 works. In purchasing a painting with a ring, the buyer takes away a part of something bigger, while at the same time contributing to something bigger, which is the community nature of this fundraising project. The individual paintings discreetly house a ring that when worn may make a quiet statement about the wearer and their participation in the community.”

Catching up with Fiona Fisher

Dixie Bartle from Treetops Montessori School interviews and reports on the progress of one of the first 30x30x30 challengers…

On day One of Fiona’s challenge I received an exciting e-mail with lots of smiling faces and an image of her very wonderful first painting. “One down and only 29 to go,” she said. “I’m wondering how excited I will be by the time I get to 30!”

At the half way mark in her challenge, I am pleased to report that Fiona is still smiling.  “I am still just as excited, my mind keeps going down different roads and inspirations.  The second half is becoming more exciting than the first,” said Fiona.

I have had the privilege of viewing a selection of Fiona’s paintings so far and I am as excited as she is to see what comes to life in the second half of her challenge…

Fiona said, “I set myself a goal for the first six paintings being flowers and the second six paintings being raindrops.  Raindrops being one thing that I was wanting to experiment with.”  And what a great success that experimentation has turned out to be!  The fluidity of the raindrop splash is a very difficult subject to record in any time frame, but to capture it in a day is a mighty achievement!

It is such a great series of paintings.  How could they all have been achieved in this short time-frame?

Fiona replies: “I thought I would struggle with not touching up some of my works the next day or so, but part of the challenge is the time limit so I let that go up front and now I find that invigorating.  Last night it was quite late before I was able to go up to my studio. I was very tired and unsure as to what result I was going to get.  It turned out to be my favourite painting so far, you just never know.”

We are all curious to know what is to come.

Keep the paint flowing, Fiona, and thanks for the update.

23: Collaboration

Something created by working jointly with another or others 

The 30x30x30 project has to be one of the finest examples of community collaboration that I have ever been involved with. And what an honour it is to be guest-blogging for this awesome cause.

“Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.” (Alexander Gorlizki)

I want to explore the forms of collaboration we will see throughout this project. There are many levels to community including the Treetops School community, teachers and students, local art groups, individual community involvement, and so on.

Some of the artists producing canvases are doing the job solo. Others are working as part of community groups (collaborating) to produce the 30 canvases. I have been considering the difference between the journey of the individual versus the journey of a groups of artists.

How does an individual artist collaborate?

The artist is in a process of collaboration purely by being involved. The final exhibition will be a collection of all the works of art produced… ah ha! That would be a collaboration!

I love the image I have included as a demonstration of collaboration. Think about the possibilities and potential of a single hand. Then combine a group of hands and see what the outcome is. I bet it is going to be more extraordinary than you ever imagined.

“With collaborations you never follow the same palette.” (Robin Rimbaud)

The variety of work we will see in the final showcasing for this event will be extraordinary.

I would love to hear comments from some of our artists!

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…