Jumaadi shared some of the things that are special to him and asked you to share what is special to you. After looking at your artworks and reading your comments, this is what Jumaadi had to say …
Congratulations to you all! I thank you for being so generous. Your art is fun, moving, courageous, thoughtful, gentle, peaceful, dark, sad, joyful, delightful, melancholy, clever and witty. Every single artwork shared embraces something special. These are significant pictures, capturing our experiences and emotions during this very confusing time. I cannot put into words how inspiring you are. Keep making art!
Thank you to all the young artists for sharing your magnificent images with Together in Art Kids. We are honoured to see your art and are delighted to present all of your thoughtful, creative and inspiring artworks in this online exhibition.
This selection of works illustrates some of the many things that are special to you and capture your imaginations – family, friends, animals, memories and places.
— Jumaadi and Melanie Eastburn, project curator
Baby brother born in lockdown
This is my baby brother. He is very cute. He has spent most of his life in lockdown. He hasn’t even met Grandma yet.
My favourite person is me! Jolea Edel Eliada Jade Gruber Munoz. I am learning to love and be kind to myself.
My painting is about my cute baby brother Maksim. I chose my brother because he is special to me and he makes me laugh. He is one year old and I love looking after him.
Daddy and me
My dad died when I was six. This is one of my favourite memories of us down at the beach with him swinging me in the air.
Portrait of Dad
This is my artwork of my dad. I hope you enjoy it.
Mum is everything special
My artwork represents the hard work and perseverance my Mum shows me every day. I want her to know that she is my inspiration and I am grateful for everything she provides.
I have loved all dog breeds since I was a baby. Being able to play with and look after dogs makes me happy and excited. I have tried to paint the cuteness of a playful Frenchie.
This is a drawing of my dog Zelda, a black-and-tan miniature dachshund.
Ariel under the couch
Ariel is my beautiful six-year-old Russian blue cat who is very special to me. To provide texture to my drawing, I have used differing strengths and shades of texta marker.
Wesley the dog
Last year we puppy-raised a guide dog called Wesley. He was very cute. Even though we had to give him back, he is still so special to me.
This drawing is of my best friend, my dog. She is an adventurous pup who always makes me smile. She is very special to me.
Sunset in Florida
I like the colours of the sunset because they make me feel warm. Also there’s a place where I can go to see the sunset, and it’s windy, which makes me feel magical.
This is a picture of a rockpool. It is special to me because each year my family goes to Blairgowrie and we always swim in the rockpools. This year we didn’t go because of COVID-19.
The island we visit each year makes me feel happy and calm.
The Pacific Islands and the island of Rarotonga are special places to me. This artwork is a moment under the ocean.
Playing in the backyard
I felt lucky this year because I have lots of play equipment in my backyard and was able to use it when other places closed.
Camping in the woods
Camping with my family and my dog is a wonderful experience and is so special to me.
Ride with me
My bike was important to me during isolation. I painted this because I wanted to remember isolation wasn’t all bad, as I felt happy when I was riding my bike.
I created this sculpture from clay that I dug up in my backyard. I like how it has rocks and some plant roots holding it together. It’s special to me because I we are all one – together.
Art is a messy place
When I was drawing this I just thought of emotions. I didn’t know what I was drawing. I didn’t know what genre it was, but then I realised it was art. Art is so special to me.
These helmets are special to me because making them expresses my imagination. When I put them on they open up my inner world.
This is the plan I made for a street library which I built with my grandad during the coronavirus lockdown. I wanted everyone to be able to get a new book to read.
Balloons are cool
This was painted for my grandma. We lost someone special to us who loved Doctor Who and we send balloons to him every year to remember him. This painting is in honour of my Uncle Douglas.
The stuff I love
This is me eating ice cream, and in the background is my sister, the ice cream server dude, the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, an aeroplane and the glaring sun.
Special holiday and fun with my special family
My special holiday to Hong Kong and the Netherlands with my family, and fun times with my Australian cattle dogs and gardening.
Athens, a place of contrasts
Athens is a special place to me as it’s where I first reflected on my life. Athens’ contrasts taught me to be more appreciative and grateful, and for this I am forever thankful.
The mountain trail
This is Mt Barrow, near Launceston. It’s like a little forest of rocks and moss and tiny trees. It’s my special mountain.
In lockdown I really missed the library. I wanted to create my own home library. This is my dream library!
Explore the earth
Akira was born in Japan and moved to Australia two years ago. He goes to a local primary school, loves painting and playing tennis.
This is a drawing of an airport, including the control tower. My dream is to work at an airport as an aeroplane pilot. I love the idea of being a pilot as I would love to fly.
I chose to draw a fantasy scene because it takes imagination and without imagination us humans would be very narrow-minded. We can express our imagination and feelings in art.
During ISO times I drew this picture. I wish for the world to be less polluted and for racism to stop.