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 their own clay mystical beast, inspired by Japanese outsider artist Shinichi Sawada.

    Sawada creates wonderful animal or totem shaped ceramic sculptures that are embellished all over with a spiky texture. By adding the texture Sawada is able to create an infinite variety of characters. Each work is different but feels like it comes from Sawada’s own mythology.

    Kids will have fun in exploring and creating their own unique magical beast in clay.
    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids skills in making and joining thumb pots and hand building techniques to build their creatures. They’ll learn about the history and mythology behind some of the most famous beasts in history.

    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!
    Tutor: Hayley West

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Would you like to draw or paint faces and people?

    Learn formal portrait drawing techniques with professional artist Jane Caveney in this great full day course for young people.

    You’ll learn about facial anatomy and proportion while taking in some simple tricks for planning your drawings. Loosen up your drawing style with fun drawing exercises and explore formal portrait techniques to create a well-proportioned drawing.

    You’ll get experience using a variety of painting and drawing materials all provided in our professional art studios.

    This is an excellent introductory course for budding portrait artists.

    No prior experience necessary.

    Class size: maximum 10.

    What to bring: yourself – all materials provided.

    What to wear: comfortable clothing.

    You must be aged 12–17 years to attend this workshop.

    Tutor: Jane Caveney

    For 15 years Jane has exhibited her work in Sydney and NSW. Jane holds a Master of Fine Art from the University of NSW College of Fine Arts (now UNSW Art & Design). She has created and run youth workshops, art classes and community educational projects employing art, environmental sustainability and recycling as major themes in her classes. Jane finds her adult classes are a great joy to teach. It’s a pleasure seeing students come back time and again and seeing some go on to graduate from art school.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $75.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Create your own medieval inspired cutlery from precious metals and found natural objects in this 2 day silver smith school holiday workshop.

    Under the guidance of experienced jeweller and goldsmith Erin Timony, you’ll learn the basics of silver smithing including soldering, filing, hammering and polishing to fashion your functional well-designed eating utensils.

    You’ll get to take home your own handmade creations to eat with at home.
    Suitable for students 9–12 years old
    Maximum 8 students
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Comfortable clothes

    2 day workshop Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 July
    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $150.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Join animator and cartoonist Craig Bunker (aka Bunkwaa) to create a unique short animated film using old school time lapse, stop frame and hyperlapse techniques.

    You’ll get to design, create your own unique character which you’ll then animate using stop frame motion techniques. This technique capture movement one frame at a time.

    In this one day workshop you’ll get experience create an animation from start to finish using clay, found objects, people, cardboard and backgrounds to tell your story. Learn how to script write, storyboard, character design, shoot scenes, then download to iMovie, add titles and output to YouTube.

    This a great workshop for young people interested in filmmaking and wanting to explore traditional animation techniques and digital post production.

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: yourself – all materials and digital equipment provided
    What to wear: comfortable clothing
    You must be aged 12-17 years to attend this workshop

    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 school holiday workshop, kids will create their own mystical world through watercolour collages inspired by American artist Henry Darger.

    Darger is one of the most celebrated outsider artists only discovered after his death. He created fairytale Edwardian worlds populated with children and imagined mystical creatures in idyllic flowered landscapes.

    In this fun full day workshop, kids will create their own fantasy panoramas through collage, watercolour and drawing. Their sequential images will illustrate an 8 page storybook which they will put together by the end of the day to take home.

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

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

    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will make their own clay mystical beast, inspired by Japanese outsider artist Shinichi Sawada.

    Sawada creates wonderful animal or totem shaped creatures that are embellished all over with a spiky texture. By adding the texture Sawada is able to create an infinite variety of characters. Each work is different but feels like it comes from Sawada’s own mythology.

    Kids will have fun in exploring and creating their own unique magical beast in clay.
    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids skills in making and joining thumb pots and hand building techniques to build their creatures. They’ll learn about the history and mythology behind some of the most famous beasts in history.

    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
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    In this 1 day workshop, kids will design and create their own living terrarium. In a recycled jar they will assemble a miniature world complete with plants, moss and rocks. They’ll also learn how to tend to their new tiny garden in order to keep it alive and flourishing.

    In the afternoon we’ll create wondrous watercolour drawings using the garden as reference for imaginary settings for magical worlds. Kids will take home their terrariums and their watercolour paintings at the end of the day.

    All the materials and equipment they will need to make their own small garden and watercolour drawings will be 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
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    A fantastic 1 day digital workshop with artist Craig Bunker (aka Bunkwaa). Using Photoshop, kids will learn how to create a contemporary artwork by blending two photographic images together.

    We’ll look at the work of digital artist Alexey Kondakov for inspiration. His Art History in Contemporary Life Series takes figures from classical paintings and drops them into modern cityscape images.

    Kids will learn how to create a seamless blend between a character from a renaissance painting and a contemporary photograph as the background. Craig will teach the tools and skills needed to create fantastic professionally finished artworks.

    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
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    We’ll be taking inspiration from the work of New Orleans-based artist Greg Giegucz who specialises in printmaking and drawing.

    Kids will explore his depictions of monsters, machines, nature, home and self to create their own prints.

    Under the guidance of experienced artist and printmaker Micaela Christie, kids will design their own works on scratch boards to make basic mono-prints. The prints will then be made into an 8 page mini book for them to take home.

    Kids will love seeing the quick results from their creations and a complete book to show off their work.

    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
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Kids will spend the day exploring different ways of telling stories and creating their own hand-drawn comic book with artist Craig Bunker (aka Bunkwaa).

    We’ll look at alternative comic book artists including John Kricafalusi, creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show and American cartoonist Chris Ware. Their innovative works revolutionised comics and cartoons.

    Kids will explore contemporary comics and then create their own hand-drawn comics which will be bound into a book. The workshop covers everything from brain storming, story boarding, sketching, and finally inking.

    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 inspiring 1 day drawing workshop with artist Jane Caveney, kids will create mystical dream-like human and animal figures embedded in patterned backgrounds.

    Using pen, textas and ink and weeded library books, kids will combine their own drawings with text.

    We’ll look at the beautiful works of Australian outsider artist Anthony Mannix for inspiration. His surrealist drawings and artist books are exhibited in galleries and biennials around the world.

    Kids will be able to take home their own artist book at the end of the day with all the works they have created.

    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: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    In this fun 1 day workshop, kids will work collaboratively to create a model city out of cardboard and upcycled materials.

    Inspired by Olivier Grossetête’s epic towering construction The Ephemeral City as part of Sydney Festival, kids will help create part of a cardboard metropolis at Pine Street.

    It will be a full day of creativity and imagination as kids work together to create a city of parks, roads, transport, people, high-rise towers, building sites, cathedrals, and Aboriginal sites.

    They’ll have fun along the way learning about art as installation and the people, history and architectural changes of Sydney.

    Kids will get to take their own section of the city home at the end of the day.

    All materials provided.
    Suitable for students 5–8 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
  • Book now

    Create your own medieval inspired cutlery made from precious metals and found natural objects in this 2 day silver smith school holiday workshop.

    Under the guidance of experienced jeweller and goldsmith Erin Timony, you’ll learn the basics of silver smithing including soldering, filing, hammering and polishing to fashion your functional well-designed eating utensils.

    You’ll get to take home your own handmade creations to eat with at home.

    Suitable for students 9–12 years old
    Maximum 8 students
    Bring: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a water bottle
    Wear: Comfortable clothes

    2 day workshop Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 July
    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $150.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Get inspired by street artists that mix pop-culture imagery with political and social commentary to create your own prints in this fun 1 day workshop.

    You’ll get hands-on using stencil techniques pioneered by Australian artists such as Marcsta (Marc de Jong) and controversial British artist Banksy, while learning about contemporary street.

    Create and experiment with your own unique stencil designs that say something about you. Throughout the day you’ll create different designs to print your own artworks. We’ll also provide a calico bag to print your favourite design which you can take home at the end of the day.

    The workshop is led by experienced artist and printmaker Micaela Christie.

    All materials including a calico tote bag are provided.
    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: yourself – all materials provided
    What to wear: comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes
    You must be aged 12–17 years to attend this workshop

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

    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will make their own clay mystical beast, inspired by Japanese outsider artist Shinichi Sawada.

    Sawada creates wonderful animal or totem shaped creatures that are embellished all over with a spiky texture. By adding the texture Sawada is able to create an infinite variety of characters. Each work is different but feels like it comes from Sawada’s own mythology.

    Kids will have fun in exploring and creating their own unique magical beast in clay.
    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids skills in making and joining thumb pots and hand building techniques to build their creatures. They’ll learn about the history and mythology behind some of the most famous beasts in history.

    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
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
  • Book now

    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will make their own clay mystical beast, inspired by Japanese outsider artist Shinichi Sawada.

    Sawada creates wonderful animal or totem shaped creatures that are embellished all over with a spiky texture. By adding the texture Sawada is able to create an infinite variety of characters. Each work is different but feels like it comes from Sawada’s own mythology.

    Kids will have fun in exploring and creating their own unique magical beast in clay.
    Experienced artist and tutor Hayley West, will teach the kids skills in making and joining thumb pots and hand building techniques to build their creatures. They’ll learn about the history and mythology behind some of the most famous beasts in history.

    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