My name is Rhonda Nadasdy. I have worked as a Primary Classroom Teacher and as a Specialist Visual Arts Teacher for almost 20 years! I have always been very passionate about teaching Visual Arts to young children and am often inspired by the ways in which they apply lines and colours to create brilliant shapes, patterns and designs in their artworks.
While I have always been interested in researching and reading about art, it is only in the past few years that I have really begun to seriously explore my own arts practice and what this means to me personally. My art-making is generally influenced by the topics and artforms that I am teaching. I often move from one idea to the next, and from one artform to another; exploring ideas and techniques, often revisiting earlier artforms.
Currently, I am revisiting ceramics, creating quirky creatures inspired by artists such as Vipoo Srivilasa, Jenny Orchard, Richard Nickel and James De Rosso. I have no idea how these sculptures will turn out until the end. They just appear as if by magic... and I am always surprised! My sculptures always make me smile, to think that I created such weird and wonderful creatures.
I have also worked in textiles, embellishing surfaces through collage, printmaking, painting and stitching, and I love it all!
I have come to realise that art-making is as important to me as the air that I breathe. I feel alive, energised and connected to the world around me when I make art. Art-making also connects me to myself, grounding me in a healing sort of way.
Many people are afraid to try art-making for fear they were not 'born' creative. They believe that artists are gifted or talented people who are born with an innate ability to be exceptionally creative. I believe that we are all born this way... all gifted and talented in some magic area of our lives.
Having taught art-making for many years, I have come to understand that art-making is about learning new skills and that it takes lots of practice, patience and persistence to develop these. In other words, making art can be learned. It's what we as unique human beings do with the skills and knowledge that we have learned that defines us an artist.
We do have to start somewhere though, and for many, this is a very intimidating step. It should not be, but it is. The trick is to start, and the rest really will follow. I say, just go for it, and enjoy the journey. It really is such a pleasurable experience.