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Small Art Adventures for 5-7 year-olds at Belconnen Arts Centre

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Winter craft workshops for 5-7 year-olds
The weather is not great - it's not outdoor playground weather, but the kids are climbing the walls on the weekends. How can you get them out of the house, whilst keeping them warm and dry? Small Art Adventures at Belconnen Art Centre could be just what they need…

Small Art Adventures is a 6 week workshop program designed for kids aged 5-7 years run in two sessions on a Saturday during term time, 6 August – 10 September:

Class 1: Saturdays 11:30am–1:00pm
Class 2: Saturdays 2:00–3:30pm

What is the purpose of the program?:
The program encourages kids to take an "artistic journey" using a range of mediums and materials to draw, build, paint and create.

Who is running the workshops?:
Local artist, Julie Bradley is the workshop coordinator. Julie specialises in creating works on paper using techniques of collage, stencilling and drawing. Many of Julie's works are held in collections including: the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National University, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the University of Canberra Collection, Bundanon Trust and the Lu Rees Archive.

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A Small Adventures creation. Image from

What will kids make?:
The theme of this term is "Paper architects - collaged cities."
Children will be making little cities using recycled materials such as paper and card and using collage techniques – "the children will be the designers of their own miniature urban spaces". The program is carefully planned so a different part of the project is completed each week, as follows:

Week 1 - City window:
The first week will be all about creating a skyline for their city, using an acetate support and tissue paper.

Week 2 - Newspaper collage houses:
This week the children will create their own unique series of houses and buildings out of newspaper, paper, and paint on a canvas.

Week 3 - Shoebox apartments:
Focusing on the inside of buildings this week, the children will use card and paper inside a shoebox to create an apartment. A city apartment will be made by staking these boxes together.

Week 4 - People in the street:
What do the characters inhabiting the space the children have created look like? Using photomontage, the children will create people to reside in their paper city streets and place them in a street scene.

Week 5 - Cities of the world collage:
Maps and other printed papers with images of international cities will be used this week to explore the skyline in silhouette.

Week 6 - Cities in a relief frieze:
The last week of the program concludes with the creation of a relief sculpture of a fantasy cityscape using various materials including card, heavy weight paper and found paper products.

What do we need to bring?:
All materials will be provided for this program, but children are encouraged to bring a carry bag or shopping bag to carry their artwork home in.

How much does the program cost?:
Cost is $160 per term and includes materials. A 10% discount is offered for Friends of BAC.
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Why? Encourage your kids' creativity on cold winter days
When: During term time: 6 August - 10 September 2016
Phone: 02 6173 3300
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre
Cost: $160 per child for the term
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