by Renay Xuereb

Create at Home

Kids and families, Create at Home this summer with artists from our 2023 program!

Draw yourself dancing, craft your very own koala face and learn to draw cute cartoon cats and dogs with simple materials you can find at home.

With video workshops by illustrator Matt Moriarty and 2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize finalists Marisa Mu and Skye Andrews, your kids will have plenty to do these school holidays!

Suitable for ages 5+


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Funky Figures with Marisa Mu

Follow along as Marisa shows you how to draw and paint cute and colourful people in a simple and fun video tutorial.

Use your imagination and go wild!

For this workshop, you will need paper and pencils. Marisa uses paint, markers and crayons, but feel free to use whatever you have at home.

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Quirky Koalas with Skye Andrew

Get creative with Skye Andrew and use simple materials like paper plates to craft your very own cute koala face.

For this workshop, you will need paper plates, scissors, glue, sticky tape, a lead pencil, markers, crayons or coloured pencils, and a circle object like a cup or lid.

Matt Moriarty
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Playful Pets with Matt Moriarty

Draw playful pet portraits in a fun and simple video workshop with local artist and children’s book illustrator, Matt Moriarty.

For this workshop, you will need paper and coloured pencils or markers. Get creative and add other craft materials you can find around the house.

Creative team

Marisa Mu (b.1991) is a Blacktown-born, East Timorese Chinese artist based in Melbourne who works across the breadths of painting, murals, sculpture and textiles. She is an alumna of College of Fine Arts, Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Design in 2014 and was awarded the Emerging Artist of The Year in 2019 by FortyFive Downstairs.

Marisa’s purpose is to spark happiness and positive change within people through her art. As a queer woman of colour, Marisa’s mission statement is to explore messages of pride, self-love and liberation whilst spotlighting the importance of visibility for marginalized communities whilst championing intersectional feminism and queer expression.

Painting has become a form of therapy for her over the years and celebrating cultural diversity, womanhood and the LGBTQIA+ community is an embodiment of Marisa, both personally and professionally.

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Skye Andrew completed a Diploma of Fine Art at the National Art School, majoring in photography and painting, and has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Australia. She is a 2022/23 Blacktown Arts Prize finalist, has a passion for the outdoors and loves creating art experiments alongside her primary school aged son.

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Matt MoriartyMatt Moriarty is a Digital Illustrator and Graphic Designer who specialises in character design, comics, children’s book art and digital/graphic design.

Matt was a recipient of the 2020 Blacktown City Creative Arts Fund. With the grant he fully illustrated, authored, and published a children’s book; The Adventures of Larry Lizard. The book is based on characters and stories his father told him as a child.

Recently he co-created and illustrated a web comic series, Kitsune Fox. His favourite Apps/ Programs to use are: Clip Studio Paint, Photoshop & InDesign and he draws using a display tablet. Matt also tutors kids and adults in illustration.

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