School holidays

School holidays

Creative workshops

Budding artists are encouraged to work on projects at their own pace, under the guidance of a tutor in fully equipped studios at the centre.

Before you reserve a place, read our booking information.

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    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will make a beautiful African inspired ceramic memory jug. Originating in Africa’s Bakongo culture, memory jugs were made by covering a vessel with a layer or adhesive and decorating it with mementos like beads, coins, seashells and small toys or even tools.

    Memory jugs filled with water were often used to adorn graves, providing a connection to the afterlife through water, and examples can be seen in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids ceramic slab and hand building techniques to build their jugs.

    They’ll learn about the history of the memory jug, signs and symbols and common objects traditionally used for decoration.

    They’ll then get to find and choose their own modern day objects to decorate their own memory jug.

    Kids will love getting their hands dirty while learning ceramic techniques in this fun full day holiday workshop.

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes – ceramics can get messy!

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Create your own ring made from precious metals in this 2 day silver smith school holiday workshop.

    Under the guidance of jeweller and goldsmith Erin Timony, you’ll learn the basics of silver smithing including soldering, filing, hammering and polishing to create your ring.

    Get inspired by designs from ancient Egypt and used hieroglyphics to decorate your ring.
    By the end of the two day workshop, you’ll have your own stunning ring to wear home.

    Suitable for students 9–12 years old
    Maximum 10 students
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Comfortable clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    In this fun 1 day workshop with comic book artist Craig Bunker (aka Bunkwaa), kids will get plenty of practice and step-by-step instruction on how to draw their favourite cartoon characters.

    Kids will learn how to draw different poses to make their characters look more realistic and about grounding their characters – giving them weight to make them look like they are standing on the ground. Some fun drawing exercises will also help them improve their drawing and hand-eye coordination.

    This is a great workshop for kids that love using their imaginations or those that already create their own characters or spend time copying cartoons.

    They’ll get to create a lot of drawings to take home at the end of the day.

    All materials are provided on the day

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
  • Book now

    Sold out.

    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will make a beautiful African inspired ceramic memory jug. Originating in Africa’s Bakongo culture, memory jugs were made by covering a vessel with lacquer or adhesive and decorating it with mementos like beads, coins, seashells and small toys or even tools.

    Memory jugs filled with water were often used to adorn graves, providing a connection to the afterlife through water, and examples can be seen in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids ceramic slab and hand building techniques to build their jugs.

    They’ll learn about the history of the memory jug, signs and symbols and common objects traditionally used for decoration.

    They’ll then get to find and choose their own modern day objects to decorate their own memory jug.

    Kids will love getting their hands dirty while learning ceramic techniques in this fun full day holiday workshop.

    Suitable for children 9–12 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes – ceramics can get messy

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    In this playful and colourful workshop with artist Jane Caveney kids will learn about assemblage–a process using found discarded objects and rearranging into abstract compositions.

    Looking at the beautiful contemporary landscape assemblages of Australian artist Rosalie Gascoigne they will spend an industrious day creating compositions constructed from everyday objects.

    Kids will learn disrupted patterns, positive and negative space, repetition and colour creating dynamic constructions to take home.

    All materials are provided

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    In this 1 day workshop, kids will create their own beautiful insect themed prints. Inspired by the artwork Richard Killeen, they’ll use bold colours to hand-print gift cards, art prints and postcards.

    Under the guidance of experienced artist and printmaker Micaela Christie, kids will make basic mono-prints. They’ll draw their own bug and insect designs into scratch board and then get their hands busy printing.

    Kids will love seeing the quick results from their creations which they’ll get to take home at the end of this day.

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes – printmaking can get messy

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    In this fun workshop with comic book artist Craig Bunker (aka Bunkwaa), kids will gain step-by-step instruction on how to develop their own cartoon characters.

    Kids will learn how to draw different poses to make their characters look more realistic and use line and tone to create a sense of weight.Fun drawing exercises will also help them improve their drawing and hand-eye coordination.

    This is a great workshop for kids that love using their imaginations and are keen to develop their drawing skills.

    All materials are provided.

    Suitable for children 9–12 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    In this inspiring 1 day drawing workshop with artist Jane Caveney, kids will learn about composition, line, positive and negative space and overlapping shapes to create a variety of still life drawings.

    Drawings will be inspired by the beautiful works of artist Michael Craig-Martian, whose simple conceptual drawings and paintings of everyday objects are exhibited in galleries around the world.

    Kids will draw many different compositions of everyday objects in the studio using a variety of materials to create their own still life drawings and water colour paintings to take home.

    All materials are provided

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    In this full day workshop with experienced artist and printmaker Michaela Christie, you’ll create and print your own unique design to celebrate your spirit animal.

    Spirit animals and totems, also called spirit guides, familiars or power animals, are traditional symbols of a tribe, clan, family or individual. The new breed of spirit animal is an identity marker, or a creature with which you identify. You may already have a spirit animal in your life – a creature that you draw strength from, feel connected to or inspired by.

    If you don’t already have a spirit animal – don’t worry. There will be plenty of time to identify one, before you start designing a graphic that symbolises your chosen creature. You’ll then learn how to transfer the design to your block and carve it using specialised tools. Once ready, you’ll print your design on card and fabric and experiment with hand colouring your design using water colour paints.

    You’ll get to take home everything you make, including your block and prints.

    No prior experience necessary.

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: yourself – all materials provided
    What to wear: comfortable clothing (aprons provided), closed-toed shoes (no sandals or thongs)
    Cost: $75 per person
    You must be aged 12-17 years to attend this workshop.
    Bookings essential.

    Tutor: Micaela Christie
    Since 2010, Micaela has been the creative director of Atomic Fox, a studio that produces hand printed textiles and artwork for interiors, homewares and costumery. Her work can be found in private collections in Australia and the UK. Based in the Blue Mountains, Micaela’s multidisciplinary practice incorporates printmaking, painting, graphic design, fibre and lighting installations. She is a graduate of the University of UNSW Art & Design. Her work is handcrafted with love and passion.
    micaelachristie.com

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Single: $75.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
  • Book now

    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will make a beautiful African inspired ceramic memory jug. Originating in Africa’s Bakongo culture, memory jugs were made by covering a vessel with lacquer or adhesive and decorating it with mementos like beads, coins, seashells and small toys or even tools.

    Memory jugs filled with water were often used to adorn graves, providing a connection to the afterlife through water, and examples can be seen in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids ceramic slab and hand building techniques to build their jugs. They’ll learn about the history of the memory jug, signs and symbols and common objects traditionally used for decoration.

    They’ll then get to find and choose their own modern day objects to decorate their own memory jug.
    Kids will love getting their hands dirty while learning ceramic techniques in this fun full day holiday workshop.

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    A fantastic 1 day drawing and digital workshop with artist Craig Bunker (aka Bunkwaa). Using Photoshop, kids will learn how to create a realistic background and discover new ways to make your drawings look more life-like.

    Craig will be teaching some old school drawing techniques to create the illusion of 3D, the backbone of any good animator’s tool kit. He’ll also be showing the kids how to design a character and animate it against the background in Photoshop.

    Suitable for students 9–12 years old
    Maximum 10 students
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Comfortable clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    In this fascinating 1 day drawing workshop with artist Jane Caveney kids will learn about the earths amazing flora and fauna up close through 19th century artist and biologist Ernst Haeckel’s colourful hyper real illustrations.

    The workshop will focus on hands-on instruction in how to draw starting with basic shapes and finishing their artwork in full colour. The day will include projects to support learning including drawing micro views, detail and beautiful textures.

    They will get to take home a bundle of drawings and water colour paintings that they have completed on the day.

    All materials are provided.

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
  • Book now

    Create your own ring made from precious metals in this 2 day silver smith school holiday workshop.

    Under the guidance of jeweller and goldsmith Erin Timony, you’ll learn the basics of silver smithing including soldering, filing, hammering and polishing to create your ring.

    Get inspired by designs from ancient Egypt and used hieroglyphics to decorate your ring.

    By the end of the 2 day workshop, you’ll have your own stunning ring to wear home.

    Suitable for students 9–12 years old
    Maximum 10 students
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Comfortable clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Do you love the amazing animated and interactive projections as part of Sydney’s Vivid Festival?

    Join animation wizard Craig Bunker (aka Bunkwaa) for an exciting 2 day introduction to projection mapping techniques and learn how the exciting visuals that illuminate our city during Vivid are created.

    This exciting process uses everyday video projectors to illuminate three dimensional surfaces such as buildings and objects, turning them into animated displays. Projection mapping is an amazing way to unite digital animations and sculptural mediums to create moving images that interact with the environment.

    In our fully equipped Mac studio, you’ll learn how to create a short animation sequence in Photoshop that will interact with a 3D projection surface. Suitable for new or returning students, this 2 day workshop allows scope for a longer and more detailed animation sequences.

    What will you create?

    No prior experience necessary.
    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: yourself – all materials provided
    What to wear: comfortable clothing (aprons provided)
    Cost: $150 per person
    You must be aged 12-17 years to attend this workshop.

    Bookings essential:

    Tutor: Craig Bunker
    Craig Bunker is the uncanny Bunkwaa. A beloved Street Artist, desirable alien and light-bearer of laughter. His iconic style of art is ubiquitous in the inner west streetscapes of Sydney & Adelaide. For Bunkwaa, placing his art in different environments is about reacting and responding to what is around us, making the familiar unfamiliar. Plus, the extra elbow room is fantastic for an artist who creates a copious amount of art. As for the unearthly characters and creatures he creates, they are believed to be entities that live hidden in the folds of this dimension; feeding off the energy that flows from human emotions and desires.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Single: $150.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Monsters can change the way we see ourselves and help us better understand the world around us.

    In this exciting 1 day workshop with artist Natalya Shinn, kids will learn about line and shape and get to try out different drawing and watercolour techniques.

    Inspired by images of monsters throughout history and Don Kenn’s beautiful post-it note size drawings of monsters and ghouls, kids will get hands on instruction to draw and create their own watercolour paintings.

    Suitable for children 5–8 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    In this 1 day mixed ages 5 -12 years school holiday workshop, kids will make a beautiful African inspired ceramic memory jug.

    Originating in Africa’s Bakongo culture, memory jugs were made by covering a vessel with lacquer or adhesive and decorating it with mementos like beads, coins, seashells and small toys or even tools.

    Memory jugs filled with water were often used to adorn graves, providing a connection to the afterlife through water, and examples can be seen in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids ceramic slab and hand building techniques to build their jugs. They’ll learn about the history of the memory jug, signs and symbols and common objects traditionally used for decoration.
    They’ll then get to find and choose their own modern day objects to decorate their own memory jug.

    Kids will love getting their hands dirty while learning ceramic techniques in this fun full day holiday workshop.

    Suitable for children 5–12 years old
    Maximum 10 children
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Old clothes – ceramics can get messy!

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale