Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dinosaur Day!


On July 23rd, we went back to hang out with our friends at Bayers Westwood. Except this time, we were all dinosaurs! We had a full day of dinosaur activities including curating a dinosaur museum, making a dino mural, creating skeletons which were then excavated from millions of years of fossilization, documenting our discoveries in notebooks, and finally EXPLODING A VOLCANO! We had a BLAST! Literally.

Splashy Painty Fun!

On July 19th, we went to Isleville Park to have the paintiest and messiest day of them all! We found a whole lot of enthusiastic kids to join us in our painty celebrations. We left behind a beautiful "art gallery" on the fence for all to see. Come check it out and don't be afraid to get messy and have FUN!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Come Weave With Us!

On July 17th the Art Bikers got to be guests at Spryfield Urban Farm's 'Evening in the Garden'! We spent a relaxing evening creating natural weaves using branches for looms, twine, and lots of beautiful yarns, strings, and fabrics. The end result was a fascinating collaboration by entire families and gardeners of all ages. When we were finished we hung the large and colourful creations on the Youth Garden fence. Come check it out at the Spryfield Urban Farm, and while you're at it, buy some of their delicious produce!
Building a loom!

Family participation!

One family = one finished fish!

The finished products, installed!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Magic Day

The 16th was MAGIC DAY!! It was our first Monday at Ardmore Park, where we'll be every two weeks from now on. Everyone who came to do art with us turned out to have magical powers, so it worked out really well! First we made magic wands and tested out some spells (everyone knew lots of them)! Then we wrote down and illustrated our spells in spell books, and drew what our magical familiars would look like. Finally we were ready to test out some potions! Every wizard chose two magical ingredients, like Frog Spit and Beetle Eyes or Worm Guts and Diamond Dust, and mixed them together to create an explosive, bubbly, magic concoction!  ALAKAZAM!
Spells flying everywhere!

This wizard's familiar was a whale!

Magical potions!

Placemaking Halifax Intersection Repair

On July 14th, the Art Bikers visited the Placemaking Halifax Intersection Repair project at the corner of Northwood and Black St. This amazingly collaborative community beautification project was co-sponsored by the 4Cs Foundation (the Art Bikers' parent foundation) and was a huge success! The Art Bikers were honoured to be invited to do some chalk drawing on a side-street while the intersection was being painted. We drew the longest hopscotch in the world (101 squares!) with some very creative helpers!

Monday, July 16, 2012

North End Community Garden - Weaving Edition

Friday the 13th turned out to be a LUCKY day for the Art Bikers because we got to hang out some with some cool guys and gals and create some creative interpretations of the North End Community Garden! Everybody wove their own garden plot using lots of amazing different textures and fabrics, then learned how to felt whatever vegetables and fruit they wanted to be growing in their plot. The finished plots (with veggies attached!) will be sewn together, to hang as a beautiful community tapestry in the North End Community Health Centre. With the games we played at lunch, some dance moves and swivel-chair races, cheesy pizza and salad fresh from the Community Garden, it was a perfect day!
Weaving the plots

A smiling weaver
A beautiful finished plot, complete with veggies and sun!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beach Day!

The Art Bikers hit the beach yesterday for our first "medium day" ever! We brought a cart full of PAPER and made some amazing creations using only paper, scissors, tape and glue. It was awesome to see how creative everyone can be with only a box full of simple supplies. The artists made paper planes, paper dolls, origami, fortune tellers, paper crowns, flipbooks, cards, paper collages, cut-outs, snow flakes, paper boats, sun prints, and many other original creations! WOW! There were a lot of creative artists hanging out at the beach. Who knew?! 
Paper Princesses

Hittin' the beach

Learning how to sun print

The results!

The family of paper frogs

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Puppet Fun Times

On July 9th the Art Bikers visited Bayers Westwood again, for their first community barbeque of the summer! It was held outside the Family Resource Centre, and there was a great turn-out. Everyone got to eat hotdogs and also make PUPPETS! Wood spoon puppets, pop-up puppets, sock puppets, paper bag puppets, hand puppets, face puppets...we saw it all! Finished puppets (and their creative owners) put on plays in a homemade puppet theatre for a very appreciative audience.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


........(drum roll)......

He and his Dad guessed 291- the EXACT number of jelly beans!! WOW!

(Email us at artbikers@gmail.com to collect your delicious prize!)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our jelly bean contest! There were some really good guessers out there! 

Canada Day Art Biker LAUNCH TOUR!

It's finally July, and that means the Art Biker season has officially begun! We celebrated our launch by donning silly costumes and visiting  as many locations as possible on such a hot day.  From the Spring Garden Library parade route to Alderney Landing and all the way back to the Commons, we got a chance to make art with tons of aspiring artists. By the end of the day we had a 100-ft bunting banner, with each unique bunting handcrafted by a different artist! We'll be taking it everywhere we go this summer, so keep your eyes peeled. If you missed us on our launch tour, check out our Calendar of Events to see when we'll be visiting a park near you this summer!

Rainbow Riders

Gettin' painty with it

Alderny Landing Fun Times

Putting together the bunting like a champ

Our finished bunting banner!

Check out the 4C's Foundation website for more info