TURN OFF THE SCREEN. TUNE OUT THE NOISE
At Art of the Minds, we have embraced and celebrate our local Red Biscuit Sea Star, a small 5-rayed sea star unique to the waters of the Victorian Surf Coast. Tough, prickly and with armor-like skin, Biscuit represents resilience, a recurring theme in our strength-based mental health and wellbeing festival. We have therefore proudly adopted Biscuit in our logo with each arm representing our 5Cs: Celebrating Creative Community Conversations and Connections.
If you had a Biscuit, what would it look like?
Create your very own Biscuit and showcase your artwork in your window this month. Children will love spotting them when out and about in their neighbourhood. You can also share your Art on your Socials using #5CStarFish and #artoftheminds!
October is National Mental Health Month in Australia. Take good care and be kind to your mind.
DOWNLOAD YOUR RED BISCUIT SEA STAR BELOW:
Free-style – Biscuit Sea Star outline only
Standard – Happy mindful colouring!
Extra-Detailed – Do you have a little more time up your sleeve? Great! Colour away!
MINDFUL COLOURING – What is it and why is it important?
Mindful colouring is about bringing yourself emotionally and mentally into the ‘Presence’ – to be in the now and to let go of past and future thoughts and worries. You do this by focusing on the pencils, brushes, crayons (whatever you fancy), the colours in front of you and the emotions you experience then and there. The process is often compared to meditation and highly regarded as a wholesome approach to strengthening your mind and mental wellbeing.
Mindful colouring is good for all of us. It can help:
-> Reduce anxiety and stress
-> Improve sleep
-> Improve focus
-> Improve vision and motor skills
Create a starfish picture to display in your window so that children can go starfish spotting whilst out for walks.
Happy mindful drawing! We can’t wait to see your creations.
Tag us on social media using #artoftheminds
FOR YEAR 5 & 6 STUDENTS ON THE SURF COAST – JOIN THE UNBOXY CHALLENGE
We have joined forces with Geelong Tech School, Y2 Architecture and La Trobe University to bring this exciting project to the Surf Coast!
The Unboxy challenge builds on the STEAM curriculum and integrates the Art of the Minds festival mission by enabling year 5 and year 6 students to Connect, Communicate, be Creative, have Conversations and solve a Community challenge.
Students are given a modular cardboard construction kit and the task to complete a design challenge at school with their teachers. What will our kids come up with? The sky’s the limit!
There are 3 categories that students can submit entries in these are:
– Creative/Artistic or
Student teams will need to submit a 1-minute ‘Pitch’ video outlining how they created their design and how they others perceive their design by the 22nd of October.
For Surf Coast schools there is a special Art of the Minds Festival award for the team who best display the qualities of the 5C’s. Further information is available at https://www.geelongtechschool.vic.edu.au/unboxy-design-challenge/
FOR ALL: WILDLIFE XPOSURE – FREE ZOOM PRESENTATION WITH XAVIER MORELLO
Free Wildlife Xposure Presentation!
Presented by the amazing Xavier Morello, owner/operator of Wildlife Xposure, and hosted by the President of the Art of The Minds Festival, Jules Haddock, learn about Victoria’s coastal habitats and its rich biodiversity by meeting the Red Biscuit Sea Star, a small 5-rayed star fish unique to the waters of the Victorian Surf Coast. Tough, prickly and with armor-like skin, Biscuit represents resilience, a recurring theme in our strength-based mental health and wellbeing festival.
Wildlife Xposure is a leading specialist in mobile live interactive native animal incursions, displays and presentations throughout Melbourne, Geelong and broader regional Victoria.