by beth sorensen

Workshops For Children, Young People and Families

TERM 3 - 2022

Creative workshops for children and families continue at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre in Term 3.

Led by experienced artists and facilitators, these fun, interactive workshops are a great way to connect with your child’s creativity and to spend quality time together as a family.

For Kids Art Club Mary Nguyen and Saqlain Binte Saleh will be transporting young artists back in time to learn some of the wonderful histories of painting. Each week, kids will engage in a new era from around the world, from the first cave paintings right up to the beginning of modern art.

Then, Family Art Workshops kick off with Paint your Dreams, where facilitator Sima Alikhani will guide families in painting the wonderful and wacky world of their dreams. Plus, artist Emmanuel Assante returns to deliver Face Off – Portrait Drawing for ages 10 and up.

Kids Art Club

Mary Nguyen and Saqlain Binte Saleh return to deliver Kids Art Club each Thursday afternoon at 4 pm during Term 3.

For Kids Art Club Term 3, Mary Nguyen and Saqlain Binte Saleh will be transporting young artists back in time to learn ‘The History of Painting.’

Each week, kids will engage in a new era from around the world, from the first cave paintings right up to the beginning of modern art. They will learn new skills and techniques, discover amazing artworks, and try out new artmaking techniques each week in a fun and supportive environment.

4 pm to 5 pm
Thursdays 21 July – 22 September 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

21 July           Cave painting: Animals in pastels and charcoals
28 July           Egyptian art: Clay relief
4 Aug             Greek and Roman Art: How to draw people
11 Aug           Japanese Art: Ink and Great Waves
18 Aug           Islamic Arts: Gold and Patterns
25 Aug           Renaissance: Perspective and Making things look real
1 Sept            Baroque: Dramatic Darks and Lights
8 Sept            Ancient India: Majestic Elephants
15 Sept          Romanticism: Travel and Landscape
22 Sept          Impressionism: Colour Contrasts (Cancelled)

Please note, The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is closed on Thursday 22 September due to the public holiday and therefore Kids Art Club will not be going ahead.

Suitable for primary school-aged children.
Children 9 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or carer who must remain on-site

Materials supplied.

$10 per session + booking fee
Bookings essential

Mary Nguyen is a local visual artist who works across a wide variety of media and styles. Mary exhibits regularly and is often the recipient of awards and residencies.
Mary attended the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi, Vietnam, and then completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW in Sydney, which led to working with communities as an artist and teacher, and most recently workshop facilitator for Blacktown Arts. Mary’s work traverses drawing, painting, installation and sculpture and is a synthesis of culture and experiences of Australia and Vietnam.

Saqlain Binte Saleh is a local artist who has been facilitating workshops at Blacktown Arts and in the community for several years. Saqlain studied design at TAFE and now develops her own artistic practice which is vibrant and expressive using charcoals, paints and watercolour. Saqlain continues to experiment and learn new skills and brings these experiences to her teaching.

Family Art Workshops

Need an excuse to be creative and spend time together as a family? Then look no further than these interactive and fun Family Art Workshops!

Join local artist Sima Alikhani for weekend art workshops at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.

Saturday 20 August: Painting in Black and White
Children, parents, carers and friends are invited to join local artist Sima Alikhani to paint still life in black and white.
Focus on elements such as composition, lighting and form to create your own monochromatic masterpiece.

10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Saturday 20 August 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Suitable for children and families.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Materials supplied.

$10 + booking fees per parent and child.
$5 + booking fees per additional child.
Bookings essential

Sima Alikhani is a trained contemporary visual artist living in western Sydney. Art is Sima’s passion and she uses her artmaking as creative therapy to help students to express emotions and reduce stress.

Sima is interested in inspiring audiences and participants to look carefully at the world around them, and to discover beauty in unusual places.  Sima has valuable experience teaching art and working with local artists in the Blacktown area and has been involved in many collaborative projects involving children and families.

Face Off – Portrait Drawing

Discover the art of portraiture in this weekend workshop designed for young people and teens.

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.

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
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