Mural from Recycled materials

The things that can be accomplished without great expense just creativity.



Winter Festival Art … so many things to do with snow and ice.

Ice balloon master pieces link below

What about a snow angel contest? They can spray them with food coloring or…

A mass display of snow men, small ones like a crowd

Frozen clothes dancing and suspended by tree branches

Collaborative ice sculpture, ask people to bring ice in any shape, some colored with food colouring and assembled into a large piece on site, with slush and salt.


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How would you…. With art?


1. Transform garbage

2. Direct the flow of people in an urban setting

3. Document the passing of time

Graffitti Stop motion by BLU

4. Sell Nothing

5. Create decoration that is also information.

6. Celebrate and everyday object by giving it a new use in a public setting. For example transform a plastic shopping bag.

7. Create a piece that is dependent on height.

8. Create a piece that incorporates one of the senses you use the least

9. Create pieces based on a recurring character

10. Create a piece using one of your habits as a source

11. Create a piece that answers the question, “if you only had one last chance to say something to the world, what would it be?”

12. Share little bits of your life one or two sentences at a time.

13. Instead of asking questions, give answers

14. Create a piece based on light

15. Create a piece based on sound

16. Create a piece that is subtractive

17. Work with the concept of instant sculpture

18. Create a piece that incorporates air.

19. Create a piece that is dependent on rain

20. Create a piece that changes over time.

21. Combine 2 of the above ideas

22.Create a work and install it in a secret location

Exercises from “The Guerilla Art Kit” by Keri Smith

Adhesives, Glues, Stickers- Make your own

How to make stickers

Lick and Stick

1 pkg unflavoured gelatin

1 Tbsp cold water

3 Tbsp hot water

1/2 tsp sugar


Create designs on the paper. Sprinkle gelatin onto the cold water, let it soften for 5 minutes. Pour in hot water and stir until dissolved, Using a brush paint back of paper with gelatin solution (thickly). Let dry. Flatten sheet under heavy book. Lick and stick. Can cover design with clear packing tape before you cut it out if you want it to be more durable.

Non-Lick and Stick Stickers

1 part white vinegar

2 parts white glue


Create your design on the paper. Mix glue and vinegar really well. Using brush paint the back of the stickers. Let dry. Cut out wet and stick.


Wheat Paste

3 Tbsp cold water

3 Tbsp white flour

1 cup hot water

1 Tbsp sugar

container with lid.

Mix cold water and flour together to make a smooth paste. Measure boiling water pour slowly into the cold mixture stirring constantly. Bring to a boil until paste thickens. Turn off heat. Add 1 Tbsp of sugar, mix well. Allow to cool. Store in fridge until using.

Paint surface to be stuck to, apply poster, paint over poster to weather proof some.

Boil water.

Guerilla Art- What is it? Some possibilities.

Art in unexpected places, taking the Art Gallery to the Public.

Guerilla Art, anonymous art work installed, performed, or attached in public spaces, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative or thought provoking way.

by Keri Smith in The Guerilla Art Kit

“These little gestures encourage us to not take our world so seriously, to contemplate for a moment something outside the predictable. They reawaken a sense of connection to the environment by pointing out something that may not have been seen, by adding a new image to the world that is unexpected, or by presenting an alternative point of view.

Guerilla Art is for everyone. It engages viewers who might never step foor in a gallery. It is free and accessible.

being a guerilla artist is a way of bonding with and reclaiming my environment, I become an integral part of public space instead of feeling like a visitor in my own town. In this way I am also questioning what is acceptable behavior and challenging what I am “allowed” to do within a specific context.

Public Art says, the human spirit is alive here.

Be the change you want to see in the world. You can affect someone’s day or even change the world (one interaction at a time) just by presenting someone with something different than what they might expect. Imagine the postal worker running through his day, stopping for a moment to read a quote you have chalked onto the sidewalk. You have the power to enter into people’s daily routines.

Work that is impermanent reminds us that nothing in life is permanent, that every state is temporary and transitory.

1.Look at your environment as if you are a tourist and have never visited it. Pay close attention to the details. Look without judging.

2.Observe how people interact with the environment. Can you use their habits in an interactive piece?

3.Make note of your emotions. What causes you to tune out? What moves you to tears? What makes you smile?

4. Humour can be extremely helpful in reaching viewers, allowing them to interact with a message in a non confrontational way.

5.Combine/add/alter/reinvent ideas that already exist; build on ideas of others.

6.Use your daily life as a source for your ideas. What makes the way you percieve the world unique? How have your experiences shaped you?

7. Record ideas, keep a journal.

Some possibilities;

Coupon Poster,

hidden fortunes(like in fortune cookies in arbitrary spots,

public chalk board, knitted tags,

unexpected objects,(like messages in a bottle),

guerilla mail- postcards that as each person receives they change,

post-it notes to create an image to act as clues, or a trail of words with a message

moss graffitti

changing how a sign, utility box, fire hydrant, parking meter looks – friendly monster? flowers? Transforming them

Miniature worlds- be sure they can be seen and not stepped on.

Wish tree

Portable idea dispenser

Adding text bubbles to posters

Tape casting- adding people to the scenery


Guerilla Art


Here is what artist KERI SMITH has to say about guerilla artists, in her book “The Guerilla Art Kit”:

“The stereotype of the guerilla artist is someone who makes extremist work and who is constantly on the run from the law.  I would like to expand the concept and define guerilla art as any anonymous work (including but not limited to graffiti, signage, performance, additions, and decoration) which is installed, performed, or attached in public spaces, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative or thought-provoking way.  

A part of what makes public art so interesting is how it interacts with its immediate environment.  Guerilla art can be used to beautify or recreate a space that is soulless or without character and bring it new life.  Work that is impermanent reminds us that nothing in life is permanent – and teaches us to embrace change in our life, instead of working against it. 
hen others notice an art piece that is there one day and gone the next it creates a certain kind of energy within the community. It allows viewers to partake in the experience as a kind of detective, wanting to uncover the mystery.

Being a guerilla artist is secretive and exciting. There is a wonderful feeling of elation when you go out and place an anonymous gift in a public space, attach a painting to a park bench, leave a small painting behind in a public washroom.”

(From The Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith)

KNITTA PLEASE (knitbombing)


SCOTT WADE – Dirty Car Art

SLINKACHU – “Little People” Installations

CANDY CHANG – “Before I Die” Installation



JOSHUA ALLEN HARRIS – “Inflatable Bag Monsters” Installation

MARK JENKINS – Tape Cast Sculptures

WEB URBANIST (Various Examples of Guerilla Installations and Performance)


Sidewalk chalk  –  Sticker art  –  flyers/posters  –  zines  –  object leave behinds (letters,
gifts, cool junk)  –  notes (slogans)  –  non-permanent graffiti  –  book inserts (left between pages of library books)  –  letters (possibly love letters to strangers)  –  the age old ‘message in a bottle’, or in a balloon…. be fun.  HAVE fun.  Be funny.  Be kind.  Be awesome.  Make someone’s day!