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Creative Holidays with Blacktown Arts

by Kevin Vo
Creative Holidays with Blacktown Arts

Want to make your own shadow puppet or create a manga character? Or just want to get the family together to make art? Blacktown Arts has you covered these Spring school holidays. There are workshops for children and young people of all ages, ranging from abstract painting to anime drawing. Places are very limited so book now!

Hand holding up a handcut shadow puppet
Shadow puppet-making with Jumaadi

Learn the traditional Indonesian art of wayang kulit and create your own shadow puppets. Well-known artist Jumaadi leads a hands-on workshop where you will make your own pieces and perform your very own shadow play.

Dates and times:
Thursday 1 October, 10 am – 11.30 am

Ages: 8-12 years
Cost: $10 per child, $20 family ticket (up to three children)

Workshop facilitator:
Jumaadi 

Family workshops
Family art experience

Local artist Sima Alikhani leads a fun and interactive art workshop for families. Book a ticket for yourself and your children to get creative together with painting and drawing.  All materials are provided, so just bring your imaginations, and get ready to get arty!

Dates and times:
Wednesday 30 September, 10 am – 12 pm (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 30 September, 2 pm – 4 pm
Saturday 3 October, 10 am – 12 pm (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 3 October, 2 pm – 4 pm (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 7 October, 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 7 October, 2 pm – 4 pm (SOLD OUT)

Ages: All ages
Cost: $5 per person (minimum of 2 tickets – children must be accompanied by a parent/carer who is also participating)

Workshop facilitator: Sima Alikhani 

Anime characters
Anime and manga drawing
*Second session added due to demand!*

Love graphic novels? Think anime is awesome? Local artist Pinky shares her library of images and expertise to help you create your own characters or draw your favourites. Work on expressions and poses and develop your own style as you build up your drawing skills in this jam-packed three-hour workshop.

Dates and times:
Tuesday 6 October, 9 am – 12 pm
Tuesday 6 October, 1 pm – 4 pm (SOLD OUT)

Ages: 13-18 years
Cost: $10 per person

Workshop facilitator:
Pinky

Abstract painting
Abstract painting

Let your imagination run wild in this fun and playful workshop! Experiment with shapes, patterns, colours and textures as you create your own abstract paintings and drawings with the help of contemporary artist Daniela Cristallo.

Dates and times:
Friday 2 October, 10 am – 12 pm
Friday 2 October, 2 pm – 4 pm

Ages: All primary school aged children
Cost: $10 per child, $20 family ticket (up to three children)

Workshop facilitator:
Daniela Cristallo

SOLD OUT: Join waitlist here

Art and the environment
Art and the environment

Take inspiration from the natural world as you create an artwork for entry and display in the upcoming Blacktown Young Artists Prize. The theme for the 2020 Prize is staying strong, as we work to recover from the rough year we have had so far. Draw and paint animals, plants and waterways as you think about how we can recover our lost habitats after the bushfires, and how we can help our environment for the future in this 2-hour mixed media workshop.

Dates and times:
Tuesday 29 September, 10 am – 12 pm
Tuesday 29 September, 2 pm – 4 pm

Ages: All primary school aged children
Cost: $10 per child, $20 family ticket (up to three children)

Workshop facilitator:
Saqlain Binte Saleh 

SOLD OUT

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 Art Experience, 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

FREE WORKSHOPS

Drama workshop

Four sandcastles on the beach to promote free drama workshop

Allow your children to let off creative steam in this free drama workshop with artists Deborah Pollard and Sean Bacon at Little Bay Beach. Children will be filmed for a video to be displayed at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre in 2021.

Learn more here

Costume making workshop

A figure is squatting on a stone with their back to the camera amidst the pond of the Auburn Botanic Japanese Gardens in this photographic portrait. Red, yellow and white flower petals line the pond and the stone. The colorful flora of the gardens can be seen in the background. The non-binary figure is wearing bright green acrylic nail clip-ons, a bright green t-shirt, bright green slides, and a navy blue Adidas wind-breaker. Feathered wings adorn their back, a toy-store halo is floating above their head, and fake tattoos are lined down their fore-arm. Their hand is raised and resting behind their head.

Free school holiday workshops for LGBTQIA+ young people (ages 12-25) living in western Sydney led by artists Justine Youssef and Leila El Rayes. Learn how to make spectacular costumes and adornments from items that can be found around the home.

Learn more here