by beth sorensen

Workshops For Adults

TERM 2 - 2022

Creative workshops for adults continue at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre in Term 2.

Led by a range of experienced artists and facilitators, these dynamic and interactive workshops are a great way to learn a new skill, build up your arts practice, meet like-minded people and form connections in a welcoming and professional workshop environment.

This term, Open Studio continues on Wednesday mornings under the careful facilitation of Patrice Wills. In addition, join prominent female First Nations artists Aunty Roz Webb and Tarni Eastwood for conversation and weaving with Women’s Weaving and Connections every Thursday, and artist Debra Beale with two sessions of jewellery making with Australian Bush Jewellery.

Life Drawing with Marikit Santiago

Join award-winning artist Marikit Santiago for an evening of life drawing at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.

Develop your observation skills and understanding of the human form in this two-hour life drawing class. Marikit Santiago will guide you to draw a nude model with focused exercises and tailored feedback to suit your ability and experience.

Come to one class or both! With a different model and focus for each session, there will be something new in each class.
Basic materials including charcoal, pastels, pencils and paper will be provided.

Feel free to bring your own materials – dry media only please.
A selection of easels and tables will be available. Please arrive 30 minutes early to select your desired spot and select your materials.
Please note that this session contains nudity.

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
Thursday 9 June
Thursday 16 June 2022
6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Ages 16+
Please be advised that the class
contains nudity

$30 plus booking fee
Bookings essential

Thursday 9 June – Female model
Thursday 16 June – Male model

Marikit Santiago was born in Melbourne, 1985. She lives and works in Western Sydney where her practice investigates a personal conflict of cultural plurality at the conjunction of Filipino ethnicity and Australian nationality. Her work reflects the interweaving cultures of her ethnic and social identity, representing simultaneous, conflicting sensations of acceptance and rejection.

Marikit won the Art Gallery of NSW’s Sulman prize in 2020 with her work ‘The Divine‘, and has been a finalist in many other prizes including the Archibald prize twice and has exhibited in 6 solo shows most recently an exhibition at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Marikit Santiago, Thy Kingdom Come 2022. Image by Garry Trinh
Marikit Santiago in her parents’ garden in Western Sydney. Image by Garry Trinh, 2021

Open Studio

Looking to connect with your creativity?

Open studio provides a supportive place for you to begin and learn the basics or continue to develop your artistic voice.

Undertake a guided artistic task, or pursue your own interests and work on your own project with individually tailored practical guidance and support. Make the most of this vibrant creative hub to form connections and creative alliances that will strengthen and sustain your practice.  Expanding your exposure to new skills, opportunities, critical feedback and different perspectives from like-minded creatives. Suitable for all skill levels. Materials supplied.

Facilitator Patrice Wills
Date Wednesdays, 27 April – 29 June 2022
Time 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Cost $15 per session + booking fees
Age Adults and young people

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.

Women’s Weaving and Connection

Blacktown Arts invites everyone to join our Women’s Weaving and Connections.

Yarn with Aunty Roz in a warm and welcoming environment to connect with culture, community family, and weave with Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist Tarni Eastwood as she passes down her knowledge on traditional and contemporary Aboriginal weaving techniques.

Facilitator Aunty Roz Webb and Tarni Eastwood
Date Thursdays, 12 May – 30 June 2022
Time 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Free admission
For all ages

Aunty Roz Web 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.

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.
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