by beth sorensen

Workshops For Adults

TERM 3 - 2022

This term, our favourites are back! Open Studio will be running every Wednesday, and one very special Saturday, under the guidance of the talented Patrice WillsWomen’s Weaving and Connection will once again be hosted by Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist, Tarni Eastwood, plus Kevser Ugurlu will present a special one-off workshop, Watercolour for Beginners.

Open Studio

Need a community to get your creativity flowing?

Open Studio is a supportive, open art studio tailored to creative adults of all ages and experiences. This vibrant creative hub is perfect to form connections and make creative alliances with other like-minded people.

Under the guidance of mentor Patrice Wills, you will be able to set your own creative goals and develop your practice by expanding your exposure to new knowledge, skills, artworld opportunities, critical feedback, community, and more.

This Term, we are also offering a one-off Saturday session of Open Studio led by Front Up Studios artist Rebecca Gentz Sciroli and mentor Patrice Wills.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Wednesdays 20 July – 21 September 2022
Plus a bonus Saturday session! Saturday 13 August 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Suitable for young people and adults and all skill levels.
Materials supplied.

$15 per session + booking fee
Bookings essential

Patrice Wills has an extensive professional background working and training in visual arts, education, and health, traversing work in public arts programming. Patrice brings this life experience to her artistic practice which reflects on and explores the human condition and spirit.

Patrice is an award winning artist and producer of the Blacktown Arts workshop program. Patrice’s work is exhibited regularly, and frequently selected as a finalist in art awards and accrued in private and public collections.

Rebecca Gentz Sciroli is an interdisciplinary artist, art facilitator and curator that works with Front Up Studios in Seven Hills.

She has participated in programs with Front Up Studios, Blacktown Arts and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and started a studio for artists with disability at the Liverpool Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation unit.

Rebecca enjoys making wearable art and is currently creating mythical female water nymphs in copper wire. She says, “I love copper it is a warm and conductive medium like the nerves in the human body.”


Face Off – Portrait Drawing

Discover the art of portraiture in this weekend workshop!

Artist Emmanuel Asante will guide you to draw and paint portraits with an emphasis on colour and tone for expression and mood. Learn about the proportions of the face and practice some tips and tricks to make your artwork look more realistic.

10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Saturday 23 July 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Suitable for ages 10+

$15 + booking fee
Bookings essential

Emmanuel Asante is a Sydney based Visual Artist, Workshop Facilitator and Guest Speaker. His art practice critically examines and reflects his identity as a young Ghanaian migrant to Australia, incorporating traditional African metaphors and cultural symbols to evoke visual-aesthetic experiences and modes of storytelling.

His artworks employ diverse media including pen, pencil, watercolour, acrylic and African fabric. These materials, particularly the use of fabric, plays on the signifiers of African culture and fashion, which circles back to the theme of identity in his work.

Watercolour for Beginners

In this special weekend workshop, Kevser Urgulu will guide you through the basics of watercolour painting step-by-step.

Learn how to blend colours, create patterns, and manage pigments to achieve beautiful effects with watercolours. All materials and references will be provided so you can focus on developing your skills as an artist.

10.30 am to 1.00 pm (SOLD OUT) and 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Saturday 6 August 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Suitable for ages 16+
Materials supplied.

$15 + booking fee
Bookings essential

Kevser Urgulu is known for her unique approach and love of watercolours. She studied and lived in international communities in Turkey and Japan before settling in Australia and becoming a valued artist in the Blacktown community.

Kevser was recently a finalist in the Gallipoli Art Prize and continues her art practice from a home studio in south-west Sydney.

Women’s Weaving and Connection

Blacktown Arts welcomes everyone to join Women’s Weaving and Connection every Thursday morning in Term 3.

Weave with Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist Tarni Eastwood as she passes down her knowledge on traditional and contemporary Aboriginal weaving techniques. Then throughout the term, Tarni will be joined by guest facilitators, Aunty Roz Webb, Aunty Jules Christian and Jayne Christian.

Facilitator: Tarni Eastwood

Special Guests:
Aunty Roz Webb – 25 August and 15 September 2022
Aunty Jules Christian and Jayne Christian – 1 and 8 September 2022

10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Thursdays 28 July – 15 September 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Please note, The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is closed on Thursday 22 September due to the public holiday and therefore Women’s Weaving and Connection will not be going ahead.

Bookings essential

Aunty Roz Webb has lived in western Sydney for 40 years.  and She has taught as an Aboriginal teacher for Western Sydney Institute of TAFE for 23 years, and through this role has worked with The Aboriginal Medical Centre, Holy Family and Baabayan. She has worked with many community organisations and is passionate about mentoring young people and community. By night, Aunty Roz is a singer for a number of bands including Vintage Four.

Tarni Eastwood is a Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist and curator based in western Sydney. She has a multidisciplinary arts practice working in photography, video, painting, weaving, sculpture and installation. Tarni emphasises the importance of weaving groups through its contributions to revitalise the culture whilst providing a safe space to pass down creative knowledge.

Aunty Jules Christian
Aunty Jules is a Dharug woman who has lived most of her life on Wiradjuri Country. Jules learned weaving with Wiradjuri Elders and community around 15 years ago, and since that time has done community weaving in a correctional centre, local schools and community workshops on both Dharug and Wiradjuri Country.

When not weaving Jules studies her PhD through NIKERI – Deakin University and working on family history as a historian of over 40 years.

Jayne Christian
Jayne is a Dharug woman living on Wonnaruah Country and is a social justice lawyer. Jayne enjoys weaving in community settings and as a meditative practice.

Jayne says that weaving is a vehicle to having yarns and sharing in truth-telling with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Please note:

  • 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 art maker!
  • No food or drink is currently available for purchase at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. 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.
  • For groups or school bookings of five or more people, please contact Beth Sorensen, Marketing and Public Programs Officer at beth.sorensen@blacktown.nsw.gov.au
  • Click here to plan your visit to The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre