Art for Kids

This page features the latest workshops and events from our Art for Kids program.
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Upcoming In-person Workshops and Activities


Art Pop-Up in The Avenue Park (Linear Park)!
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How does nature grow? How does a community grow?

Join artist Jade Oakley for art workshops at The Avenue Park to explore the theme of growth in nature and community, through art, drawing and conversation. Take a close look at leaves and draw your discoveries, contribute to a communal mapping artwork and make chalk art. You will also learn about a permanent public sculpture that will be installed in the park later in the year. This free drop-in workshop includes all materials and is suitable for children and adults of all ages. Drop-in any time from 9am-1pm. Bring your family and friends!

Register Here

Wednesday 8 June | 9:00am-1:00pm | At the marquees next to The Avenue Park playground

*Note this event will move to CS Gallery, 193 Caroline Springs Boulevard in heavy weather. 


  

Animate Shapes and Patterns Workshop with Dell Stewart
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Take your animation skills to the next level in this hands-on workshop that introduces tessellation and pattern design as animation techniques. Bring shapes and patterns to life with tessellation, a process of covering a surface with a pattern of flat shapes with no overlaps or gaps. Play and experiment with colour, pattern and design in this fun, free and hands-on workshop where you will work towards creating a collaborative animation artwork with other workshop participants.

Best suited for children aged 8-12 years old.

Bookings
Tuesday 5 July | 10:00am | CS Gallery

About Dell Stewart

Dell Stewart’s work combines various processes often regarded as belonging to the world of craft (ceramics, textiles, animation) with a deeply embedded personal history. These practices and references assemble in immersive environments, often offering no clue to the boundary between the artwork and the space it occupies. A personal, subjective symbology pervades the work making each iteration another chapter in a narrative of a life lived doing. Stewart has organised and participated in numerous exhibitions and has shown extensively in Australia and overseas – recently at West Space and Craft Victoria – with a particular interest in fostering new material connections and collaboration.

www.dellstewart.net

Image Credit: Dell Stewart, 2022, Harlequin variations. Image courtesy the artist.


  

Weaving Tales: Textile Art and Family History with artist Ana Petidis
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Explore how you can tell your family history through textile art in this weaving workshop with artist Ana Petidis!

In this workshop designed for families, Ana will work with adults and children (ages 10 and up) to create small frame looms and complete woven art pieces based on your own family histories and memories. Participants are encouraged to bring any textile/fabric/soft fabric materials that they would be willing to cut and use in the woven work to assist in creating a personal piece of art and potential new family heirloom! Participants will take home their own woven artwork.

Bookings
Saturday 13 August | 1:00pm-3:30pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub

About Ana Petidis

Ana Petidis is a Ballarat-based studio weaver who creates one-off cloth and tapestry works that communicate personal and shared stories through the considered joining of materials and process. Grounded in her heritage and culture, Petidis’ practice explores connection to time and place through the entire process of weaving from fibre source to cloth creation.

Image Credit: Ana Petidis, photographer: Bowie Wallace.


  
Make an Everyday Art Book For Book Week!

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Join local illustrator Audrey Buttigieg Cardona to start your own illustration book! This session will show children how to develop daily illustrating habits that nurture their artistic skills, teach them to observe their surrounds and turn daily events into imaginative stories. Children will take home an Art Book to keep drawing in. This workshop is suitable for primary aged children 5-12 years. All materials provided.

Bookings
Saturday 20 August | 11:00am | CS Gallery
Saturday 20 August | 1:30pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub

About Audrey Buttigieg Cardona

Audrey Buttigieg Cardona is an emerging artist who expresses herself mainly on paper. She draws her inspiration from the animal and natural worlds, interpreting life around her through a combination of real life drawing and doodling, which brings out her innermost emotions. Her work has been shown in Australia and internationally, and she has been mentored by internationally renowned Maltese artists, Joseph Mallia, Joseph Paul Cassar and the late Isabelle Borg. In addition to creating her own artwork, Audrey teaches Visual Arts to young students at Christ the Priest Primary School. She believes in mentoring and guiding young minds to discovering their talents and creating their own artwork.

To view more works of Audrey please visit www.facebook.com/ABCreateartworks

Image courtesy of the artist.


Online Workshops and Resources


2022 CS Window Commission Activity Sheet

Do you know your Magpie Larks from your Possum Bats?

Kathy Holowko has created an activity sheet for children and adults to enjoy and further engage with ‘Water is Life’, the vibrant artwork on the outside of the CS Gallery windows.

You can download the activity sheet(s) below or pick up a copy of one (or several) on your next visit to CS Gallery.
Copies of the activity sheet can be collected from inside CS Gallery or Caroline Springs Library & Learning Hub.

Colouring In Possum Bat Water Is Life 2022(PDF, 442KB)
Colouring In Magpie Lark Water Is Life 2022(PDF, 446KB)

 


 
Draw a Vegetable Character

Event: Draw a Vegetable Character, by Grace Fraraccio

About: Grace Fraraccio, the artist behind our current online exhibition Vegetable Soup and Friends will guide you to observe everyday food items, and turn then into imaginary characters!

What you will need: This fun drawing workshop will require pencils, markers, paper and a selection of veggies from the fridge.

Join this fun drawing workshop on YouTube

Suitable for ages 8-18 years.

 


 

Natural Ink Making Workshop

Event: Natural Ink Making Workshop by Chaco Kato

About: Learn to make natural ink at home using ingredients from your kitchen and garden with Chaco Kato!  You can use spices such as turmeric, paprika and also vegetables such as spinach and beetroot.  The fun step by step guide will show children and adults the natural way to create and make art at home by using simple kitchen ingredients.

What you will need: Spinach or green leaf, carrots, spices, beetroot or frozen berries, tea bags, scissors, spoon/fork, grinder, paper, small paper plates, plastic cups, containers, flour, brush.

Join this fun natural ink making workshop on YouTube 

Suitable for ages 4-10 years.

 

 

Make a Pizza Shop Playset

Event: Make a Pizza Shop Playset with Kitiya Palaskas

About: Craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas will show you how to use old boxes, coloured paper and other supplies to create your very own pizza delivery shop!

What you will need: Cardboard from old boxes, coloured paper, coloured tissue paper, glue

Join this fun Pizza Shop Playset workshop on YouTube

Suitable for ages 5-12 years.