Collaborative Art- based Learning for Business and Organisations
Kid's Parties & Workshops
Make Art, Learn Science Parties are full of art making, storytelling and exploring BIG ideas.
Artist & Scientist Aviva Reed comes to your home and facilitates playful and educational parties. She brings specimens, art materials and her enthusiastic science mind to encourage playful learning.
Aviva will teach watercolour painting whilst taking party goers on an adventure through time and into the exciting world of science. All party goers also receive a printed artwork from Aviva as a take home present.
All art materials are provided.
Example party themes include:
'Ancient life & Dinosaurs'
'Life in the sea'
'Flowers & butterflies'
Aviva loves it when kids ask "But WHY?!"
Suitable for ages 5 and over!
Aviva also offers private tuition. Please be in touch if you have a keen bean budding creative scientist/s who would love creative workshops in their life.
"Aviva not only tells amazing stories of nature and the world, but gets the kids asking bigger and more exciting questions!! Then she helps them draw out those ideas.....My son loved his party so much, he asked his school teacher if Aviva could come and make art with his class"
Parent of 7 year old party goer
Make Art, Learn Science
Learn watercolour whilst exploring BIG ideas!!!
Artist/ Scientist in Residence
Are you seeking an artist/ scientist in residence at your school?
Aviva Reed is an award winning illustrator, artist & scientist who works closely with schools to explore complex ecology through the arts. She uses collaborative co- creation techniques alongside scientific storytelling to create rich pedagological experiences.
This unique creative process creates memorable moments in the students' lives. Through actively engaging educational experiences, educators can deepen that retention by letting students work with the information to create art that has meaning to them.
Bringing in a professional artist to teach their creative process provides in-school, hands-on, professional development opportunities, offering teachers unique educational approaches that they can add to their tool box.
whole school residencies
An artist in residence may facilitate one class, many classes or the whole school, into a wonderful shared experience enhancing the school as community.
“Aviva’s passion for the artistic process is infectious. Her knowledge of ecology is inspiring to students because she helps them understand the relevance of the subject matter in relation to themselves and the wider world” Mrs Michelle McKay Head of Visual Arts, Aitken College
The Small Friends book series tell stories about microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and the intimate relationships they build with larger forms of life. Written for nature lovers of all ages, the books promote the idea that cooperation, not just competition is a dominant paradigm of nature. They portray microbes in a positive light, countering misguided hysteria around ‘germs’ and hygiene and acknowledging the fundamental role that these tiny organisms play within our ecosystem.
This experience is a live storytelling session by the illustrator of the series, followed by a Q&A and microbe inspired collaborative drawing activity. Excellent experience for students and corporate environments, as it advocates team building and collaborative environments.
For bookings go to Booked Out, agency for speakers, authors and educators.
An interactive workshop exploring evolutionary concepts such as adaption, resilience and interconnection.
The Deep Time workshop aims to embed a perspective into the immense story of life on the planet through a lecture and discussion series followed by a collaborative creative activity.
This workshop is an excellent experience for students and corporate environments, as it explores many of the complex ideas that enable success and adaption in times of change such as, what is it to be resilient? What is adaptation?
Price varies depending on number of participants.
Half day/ full day rates.
Email avivareed (at) gmail.com for more information...
Past : Present : Future
As part of the MoMa Minors program (MONA), this project was a collaboration over two markets, working with over 50 participants exploring ideas around past, present and future.
Through provocations, reference material and facilitated discussion, a collaborative mural engaged in remembering and forecasting.
What was, what is and what is becoming.
Past, Present, Future
Large scale collaborative mural on canvas
The Drawing Water workshop brought together science and art techniques to represent local water and explore water ecology health, together with microbial ecologist Dr. Gregory Crocetti (Scale Free Network).
School students were first taken to a local water body (river, creek, lake or pond) to observe and sketch their surroundings, discussing the relevant flora, fauna and morphology of the scene. Water samples were collected and brought back to the classroom for examination under the microscopes.
The microbes in our water samples were projected from under a microscope (at 100x and 400x magnification) and a discussion on the biodiversity of the sample followed, as a way of understanding water quality.
Lastly, the students created watercolour illustrations of the microscopic diversity present in the local water body.
These interactive workshops are custom made, exploring various ecological concepts and ideas such as biology, chemistry, climatology, geology and hydrology.
These workshops aim to produce a transformative knowledge experience that allows the ecological knowledge to be creatively explored as a creative team. The basis of these workshops is to transfer and cultivate knowledge systems based on engagement, involvement and education.
Excellent for exploring place-making ideas within a community, school or organisation. The workshop may result in a series of individual artworks, a large scale collaborative artwork, a mural or an installation.
The Classification of Living Things residency was a series of workshops with students in Years 9, 10 and 11. Over a period of six lessons students produced a range of scientific paintings with interesting imaginative touches on the themes of the life cycles of living organisms and phylogentics. Students began their images with detailed drawings of organisms similar to those found in scientific illustrations. Students were encouraged with explanations about ecology and processes of drawing and painting to understand plants, animals, soil, water symbiosis and much more. Students used photos as muse and also looked at insects and vegetation under microscopes. The aim behind the 2016 Artist in Residence project was to combine the two disciplines of science and art which is representative of Aviva’s background and passion. In producing existing imagery to explain scientific ideas it makes learning more exciting and fun. At the end of the project the individual paintings completed by each student were photographed and combined (digitally) by Aviva into a tree of life for the purpose of producing some amazing large scale banners/posters for the science rooms at Aitken College.
"Aviva’s passion for her artistic process is infectious. Her knowledge of ecology is inspiring"
Mrs Michelle McKay
Head of Visual Arts
Digitised collaborative mural of the phylogentic Tree of Life.
Individual illustrations of amoeba and prokaryote bacteria.