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Opportunities for children and adults to engage in art

The Mind Your Arts program, organised by the City of Stirling, consists of an assortment of arts-based workshops and classes. Its aim is 'to connect communities with each other and with local artists, encouraging participation and creative expression'. In March and April 2017, there are three opportunities for children and adults to participate in art classes working in a variety of media.

Stationery Foiling Workshop (for adults)

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Spend a day with Beau Est Mien to flex your creative muscle and design and decorate your own set of stationery. Using materials such as wrapping paper, washi tape, and stickers, participants will learn how to apply shiny foiling techniques to produce a set of handcrafted cards and envelopes. Send this specially designed stationery to your friends and family to give your messages an extra special touch.

Beau Est Mien is a printmaking studio and design store. Located in Northbridge, it is housed in a dynamic multi-use space run by a team of artists specialising in different printmaking techniques.

When: 18 March 2017,10.00am to 1.00pm
Where: Stirling Community Centre
Cost: $40 (includes own stationery set)

Wear Your Style - Kids Graffiti Cap Workshop (for kids aged 8-12 years)

Courtesy of City of Stirling website

Kids can learn to design and apply their own street art to trucker caps. The class starts by learning to apply lettering and then the application of acrylic paint, aerosol paint and a colourful selection of markers to transform the basic cap to an awesome and individualistic fashion item.

The artists are from Create To Cope, a community arts project that aims to introduce young West Australians to the positive role that art can have in their lives. Artists Nathan and Francis Hoyle use street art workshops to present some engaging and challenging skills before diving into projects that will stretch the kids' creativity and imagination. Engaging in these projects opens up the opportunity for informal chats about important issues such as identity, resilience, positive coping skills and community.

When: 18 April 2017, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Where: Hamersley Community Recreation Centre
Cost: $16.50 includes all materials and your own cap to take home

Working with Wire (for adults)

In Working with Wire, work with multidisciplinary visual artist and illustrator, Jodie Davidson, to repurpose various types of wires to produce wire sculptural pieces. Participants will use chicken wire to create the basic form. Old cables, stripped down to the wire, will be used to create the decorative elements. This is a class for adults only and participants will learn to work safely with wire, to strip wires and to knit sheet wire together to create 3D forms.

As an artist, Jodie Davidson works primarily with nature, natural fibres, recycling and the environment. Her practice includes printmaking, sculpture, painting and textiles. She also illustrates and writes children's books and poetry. With a focus on sustainability, Jodie's workshops aim to bring about an awareness of the natural environment and the use of creativity to achieve balance.

When: 29 April 2017, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Where: Scarborough Community Centre
Cost: $33.00 (includes all materials)

For further information and to book your place, click here. Alternatively, contact the Arts Officer on (08) 9205 8555 ​​​or email
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Why? Get your creative juices flowing
When: Various: March - April 2017
Where: City of Stirling: various venues
Cost: $16.50 - $40.00
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