The very creative workshop series, Birds of a Feather, is jam-packed with creative and inspiring activities, specifically for children and teenagers aged between four and seventeen years of age. Local artists work closely with students, teaching a variety of painting and printmaking techniques; upcycled sculpture making; ephemeral installation and creative dance, promising to set young imaginations soaring like a bird. The crafty and colourful Easter holiday programme is totally to do with birds, so be prepared to shake your tail feathers and broaden your wingspan!
Creative and happy! Image: Sunshine Coast Council to Birds of a Feather Easter Holiday prog FB
As with previous school holiday programmes of this nature - you might remember the Wing It! Childrens' Holiday Programme, there are limited spots available and bookings are absolutely essential to avoid disappointment.
WEEK ONE Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha
3 April: Black Cormorant Screen Printing Age: 8 - 16 years 10.00 to 11.30am | 12.30pm to 2.00pm 7.50 Unfortunately, both of these sessions have already SOLD OUT
4 April: Flight - Creative Dance Age: 6 - 12 years
10.00 to 11.00am | 11.30am to 12.30pm
Prepare to fly like a bird at this very unusual workshop with Linley Boyle from Bodysong Creative Dance and Yoga. Linley Boyle is a local teacher with more than thirty years experience. Children will get to explore the way birds fly; how eagles hover, glide and swoop; how waterbirds tiptoe around on their long spindly legs; and how small rainforest birds dart in and out, always vigilant regarding danger. Participants will create a bird choreography using puppets in this very fun, not-to-be-missed dance workshop.
5 April: Brush Turkey Block Printing
Age: 10 - 17 years
10.00am to 11.30am | 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Image: JJ Harrison (email@example.com) - Own work, CC BY 3.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15717609
Jono Bateman, a local environmental artist, will take you on a hands-on bush walk with the Brush Turkey Block Printing workshop. Participants will learn about forest layers and native bird habitats and take a closer look at how the brush turkey makes his nest in the undergrowth. On returning to the studio, the children will get the opportunity to express themselves and their new-found knowledge, using block printing and mixed media to create a take-home artwork of the Brush Turkey, a colourful bushland character.
10 April: Awesome Owls Collage
Age: 4 - 8 years | 10.00am to 11.30am
Age: 8 - 12 years | 12.30pm to 2.00pm
This is sure to be an awesome workshop! Cheryl Nonmus from Paintbox Art School will take you on an exciting mixed media adventure at the Awesome Owls Collage workshop. Children will be invited to take a closer look at the faces and feathers of our local species, including the Boobook, Barking and Masked Owl. Using frottage (a rubbing technique), children will use the texture of bark to build up colour and patterns to complete a fun take-home owl collage.
11 April: Feather Prints - Collagraph
Age: 8 - 12 years
10.00 to 11.30am | 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Karen Shaw of Brush Turkey Enterprises presents this fun, feathery print-making journey in the forest. Utilising the lightest of subjects - a feather - and the heaviest of art tools - a printing press - children will learn intaglio and relief printing and how to operate a printing press to produce original artworks. This fascinating workshop will introduce children to stylised feather prints using collagraph techniques and will be held at the Butterfly Platform (weather permitting).
12 April: Magical Birds - Up-cycled Sculpture
Age: 7 - 17 years
10.00am to 11.30am | 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Birds are awesome, no matter how they're made! Image: MikesPhotos Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons no attribution required
Janie Andrews will be taking the very vibrant Magical Birds workshop. The sky is the absolute limit when it comes to using one's imagination, whilst creating a small bird sculpture, utilising upcycled materials like fabric, thread and buttons.
I'm sounding a bit like a nag bag here, by repeating myself, but all the above workshops really do have very limited spaces and in some instances, have already sold out! To avoid contending with disappointed little people, you can book online here via Eventbrite. Make sure the Easter school holidays are productive and creative - there's nothing quite like the feeling of achievement and seeing happy, excited little faces!