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Creative Holidays with Blacktown Arts

by Kevin Vo
Creative Holidays with Blacktown Arts

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer after the craziness of the silly season? Make animals from clay, create your own superhero cape, draw with charcoal or experiment with mixed media in our Summer School Holiday workshop program. Places are very limited so book now!

Family Workshops

Bring the whole family for an all-ages day of creative fun and interactive artmaking, from painting and modelling to monoprinting.

Lead by local artist Sima Alikhani, these interactive workshops for the whole family engage your mind and hands with practical lessons in painting, making colourful models and monoprinting techniques.

All materials are provided so all you need to bring is your family, your hands and an open imagination to get creative and make some mixed media art!

Cost: $10 for a parent/carer and child ticket

Facilitator: Sima Alikhani

Age: All ages (recommended ages 3 to 12)

Dates and times:
Wednesday 13 and 20 January 2021
10.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Mixed Media Fun

Learn how to use mixed media – such as drawing materials, paints, inks, collage and string – to create a range of imaginative artworks inspired by everyday objects.

In a series of workshops designed for aspiring artists of primary school age, local artist Saqlain Binte Saleh walks participants through the skills and style involved in creating imaginative, experimental artworks using mixed media.

In this workshop, participants aged 5 to 10 learn how to create artworks drawing on picture books as inspiration, and learn the intricacies of techniques such as leaf-rubbing, while participants aged 11 and 12 learn how to create artworks using charcoal and string.

Cost: $10 per child

Facilitator: Saqlain Binte Saleh

Morning session for ages 5 – 10
Afternoon session for ages 11 & 12

Dates and times:
Thursday 14 and 21 January 2021
Morning session (ages 5 – 10): 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Afternoon session (ages 11 & 12): 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

We Wear Capes

It’s not just superheroes that wear capes – we can all wear capes! Create your own in this hands-on workshop.

Ever wanted your own superhero cape? Who doesn’t? In this workshop, primary school age children are encouraged to reflect upon ideas of identity and culture to produce a symbol that resonates with them, and then print that symbol onto their very own take-home cape.

Artist and Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay man Dennis Golding explores notions of Indigenous cultural identity in his art. In this workshop he encourages all kids to get creative and think about their own cultural identity and experiences, to then create an awesome, powerful symbol printed onto calico capes to swoosh through the air.

Cost: $15 per child

Facilitator: Dennis Golding

Age: Primary school students

Dates and times:
Friday 15 and Tuesday 19 January 2021
10.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Charcoal drawing workshop for big kids

Artists 16 and above learn how to make their mark with charcoal in this fine-drawing workshop with acclaimed artist Kristone Capistrano.

Ever wished you could capture the graceful and intricate curves of the human face or body with a series of simple lines? Award-winning artist Kristone Capistrano teaches older kids and adults the tricks and strategies for sketching graceful charcoal and pencil lines, focusing on line and tone.

Known for his monumental portrait work, Capistrano teaches participants how to render complex forms with a few simple, graceful strokes of graphite or charcoal. Elevate your art skills in one 90-minute workshop.

Cost: $30 each session

Facilitator: Kristone Capistrano

Age: 16+

Dates and times:
Saturday 16 January 2021
10.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4:30 pm

Printing with Nature

Kids take over the art studio to discover how to recreate the stunning details of nature with printmaking.

Explore – and recreate – the evocative colours and intricate detail of nature in this hands-on printmaking workshop with contemporary artist Daniela Cristallo.

Cristallo guides participants through the creative process of capturing the colourful splendour and detail of nature using your imagination and a variety of artistic materials.

Create your own masterpiece of the natural world, and then learn how to make unique prints you can take home, for kids aged 5 to 12.

Cost: $10 per child

Facilitator: Daniela Cristallo

Morning session for ages 5 – 10
Afternoon session for ages 11 & 12

Dates and times:
Friday 22 January 2021
Morning session (ages 5 – 10): 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Afternoon session (ages 11 & 12): 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Sculpture and Clay workshop

Learn how to sculpt and paint with clay, glass and foam balls to create imaginative animal sculptures.

Create and take home your own painted animal sculpture or figurine made from clay, glass jars, foam balls and mixed media in this fun, creative, problem-solving workshop with arts educator Elaine Butler of Fun Time Art.

In the morning session, create and paint your own snail sculpture combining clay sculpting and glass jar painting, while learning about Surrealist master Salvador Dali’s iconic Snail sculpture and the way Dali used symbolism in his art.

For the afternoon workshop, budding artists use clay, paint and mixed media to create a sculpture of their favourite animal, learning how to use their creative skills to problem-solve and create an artwork from scratch, with the guidance of experienced children’s art educator Elaine Butler.

Cost: $10 per child

Facilitator: Elaine Butler

Age: 5 -12 years old

Dates and times:
Saturday 23 January 2021
10.30 am to 1.00 pm – Glass Jar Painting & Clay Sculpting
2.00 pm to 4.30 pm – Foam & Clay Animal Sculpting

Notes for parents and carers

  • all children under 9 years must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Due to COVID-19, only one parent or carer can accompany the child or group of children in their care. Please remember to book a free ticket
  • for our Family Worskshops, all adults and children participating need to buy a ticket
  • all materials are provided except for art smocks and aprons, so please consider bringing your own or wearing clothes that can get dirty if you’re a messy painter or art maker!
  • workshop numbers are limited to be COVID safe. All work stations will be separated to allow for social distancing, and hand sanitiser will be available
  • no food or drink is currently available for purchase at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. Please provide your child with a water bottle for their session. Feel free to bring your coffee or a snack while you are visiting The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.
  • our nearest café is the Young Lions coffee cart, located 200m directly across the road from the Arts Centre on Flushcombe Rd with opening hours 7.15 am – 4.00 pm, Monday – Friday.
  • please note we will be unable to respond to any enquiries between 25 December 2020 and 3 January 2021. We will return your call or email on 4 January 2021.