During the long weekend my family and I decided to spend the day at Browns Bay Beach. For us the beach has not always been a place to play cricket, go surfing or lay in the sun, but it is a blank canvas ready for our next master piece. With the recent passing of Carrie Fisher we decided to dedicate our sand sculpture to her. We made a huge Jabba the Hut. It took us hours and towered over all the children who visited us to admire it. Although many children had no idea who it was they were shocked and in awe nonetheless. Many children asked “Why are you making this” “How did you do that!” “Are you professionals?” One little girl even told me that she could never make something like this. When I asked “why not”, she answered because she is a small child and cannot do sculpting.

But she can! All children can! Each day it amazes me the creations and master pieces that the children at Albany Kindergarten make. My family and I love to use the sand to create these sculptures but I am constantly reminded at Kindergarten that art is everywhere and not only on a piece of paper. Chalk on the ground or even a pile of leaves can be a great piece of art. We just have to look at the world in a different way and we can discover all the wonderful potential for our creative minds.

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My favourite part of using sand to create our sculptures is that at the end of the day, when we have taken our photos, we say good bye and watch as people crowd around (hopefully inspired) knowing that tomorrow the beach will be a blank canvas once again.

This type of art is called ephemeral art where it has no impact on our earth, a form of art we often explore at Albany Kindergarten. My favourite artist Andy Goldsworthy who makes stunning sculptures inspired by ephemeral art, exhibits a piece at Gibbs farm and I cannot wait to see how the children are inspired by his work on our upcoming trip.

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“My sculpture can last for days or a few seconds — what is important to me is the experience of making. I leave all my work outside and often return to watch it decay.” – Andy Goldsworthy (2001)