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At Blacktown Arts we offer a range of engaging and creative workshops with artists for children, families and adults. 

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March

Open studio workshops

Two artists working on large scale canvases in the open studio

Mary and Monica painting in the open studio

Date:
Wednesday 11, 18, 25 March
Saturday 14, 21, 28 March
Time: 10 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm
Cost: $5 per participant

Children 12 years and under require a parent/caregiver present

These sessions are suitable for beginners through to experienced practitioners.

Artist Patrice Wills facilitates the space and provides support and access for artists to work on their own projects. The open studio sessions provide professional facilities in a creative group environment for participants to undertake self-directed development and experimentation. Develop your skills in a social environment with like-minded creatives. Drop in for a short while or stay the whole day.

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For the family

The second Wednesday of each month

Date: Wednesday 11 March Large group of people in a workshop
Time:  2 – 4 pm
Cost: Free

For young children and their carers

Drop in with your young ones to participate in some art and craft.  A pop up activity table is provided for families to art and craft together in response to the current exhibition program.

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Terra inFirma: Charcoal workshop with Kristone Capistrano

Kristone Capistrano working on his large scale charcoal drawings

Kristone Capistrano by Jennifer Leahy

Date: Saturday 14 March
Time: 
10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $30 per participant

Learn skills in handling charcoal as a drawing tool in a workshop that weaves story-telling and mark-making. Friends, family, and elders from local communities are invited to share memories of the sea, whilst participants trace these stories onto paper. This is a collaborative drawing workshop, where listening becomes drawing and remembering becomes mark-making.

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Young artists club

Workshop facilitator Sima Alikhani guiding children in drawing

Children’s workshop by The Western

The first and third Wednesday afternoon of each month after school

Date:  Wednesday 4, 18 March
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Cost: $5 per participant.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

The young artists club is the place for primary school children to discover the world of art; build confidence, and develop your creative skills and a unique voice. Students will experiment with a range of different art styles and media each week.

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En plein air

Patrice Wills working on an artwork outside

Patrice Wills

Date: The last Saturday afternoon of each month
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Starting Saturday 28 March
Cost: $5 per participant

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Enjoy working outdoors in local Blacktown locations. Meet us at nearby Blacktown venue (contact Blacktown Arts for location). Using drawing materials and/or paints, develop your skills in capturing atmosphere, light and distance unique to working outdoors. Bring whatever you need to be comfortable e.g. chair, mat etc. Blacktown Arts will provide a selection of materials and boards. If the weather is unsuitable we will work in the studio.

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April

Open studio workshops

Two artists working on large scale canvases in the open studio

Mary and Monica painting in the open studio

Date:
Wednesday 1, 8 April
Saturday 4, 11 April
Time: 10 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm
Cost: $5 per participant

Children 12 years and under require a parent/caregiver present

These sessions are suitable for beginners through to experienced practitioners.  Artist Patrice Wills facilitates the space and provides support and access for artists to work on their own projects.  The open studio sessions provide professional facilities in a creative group environment for participants to undertake self-directed development and experimentation. Develop your skills in a social environment with like-minded creatives.  Drop in for a short while or stay the whole day.

Click here to register

 


May

Terra inFirma: Painting miniatures with Fozia Zahid

Close up image of Fozia Zahid working on a miniature painting

Fozia Zahid by Jennifer Leahy

Date: Saturday 9 May
Time: 10.30 am – 3.30 pm
Cost: Free

Bring your attention to detail and a steady hand to this special Terra inFirma workshop led by featured Blacktown artist, Fozia Zahid.

Fozia will teach you the delicate process behind painting miniatures while explaining the history of the style and its significance to her work.

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Terra inFirma: Shadow puppet performance and workshop with Jumaadi

Close up of Jumaadi working on his shadow puppets in his studio

Jumaadi by Jennifer Leahy

Date: Saturday 16 May
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Cost: Free

Watch Terra inFirma’s featured artist, Jumaadi, as he brings shadow puppets to life before learning to craft characters and scenes for yourself. This unique workshop will instil you with the skills to adopt a new form of creative expression through shadow puppets.

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