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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    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    Join an experienced animator and cartoonist to create a unique short animated film using old school time lapse, stop frame and hyperlapse techniques.

    In this 1-day workshop, you’ll get to create an animation from start to finish. You’ll first design, draw and colour your own unique character on cardboard and then bring it to life using simple paper cut animation techniques. Learn how to script write, storyboard, character design, shoot scenes, then download to iMovie, add titles and output to YouTube.

    We’ll be looking at the work of artists and filmmakers like William Kentridge and Al Jarnow who use the process of drawing to tell a story through the moving image.

    Class size: maximum 10.
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided.
    What to wear: comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes (no sandals or thongs).
    You must be aged 12 to 17 years to attend this workshop.
    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    Where possible we use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Please bring a packed lunch and wear enclosed toed shoes (no sandals or thongs).

    Tutor: Craig Bunker.

    Please bring a packed lunch and wear enclosed toed shoes (no sandals or thongs).
    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will learn the fundamentals of ceramic wheel throwing and inlay slab building with an experienced ceramics tutor.

    They’ll spend half the day getting experience using the potter’s wheel to make a simple bowl and plate with raku clay. In the afternoon, they’ll have fun learning all about inlaying clay on the clay roller, and hand building a plate out of the slabs they have rolled.

    This workshop is designed for complete beginners as well as kids with some experience who are looking to improve their skills and gain a solid foundation in wheel-throwing.

    Works will be fired and ready to collect approximately 4 weeks after the workshop.

    This workshop will use 100% reclaimed clay from the ceramics studio. All brush on glazes and dipping glazes are handmade on site.

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing

    Participants must be aged 9–12 years old to attend this workshop.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    In Chinese and Japanese prints and paintings, Koi (carp) are powerful creatures that stand for strength and endurance. Kids will discover the thrilling ancient legends of Koi and their resemblance to dragons, then use their imagination to draw their own fish-dragon designs.

    Under the guidance of experienced artist and printmaker Micaela Christie, kids will use Gelli printing mats to mono-print their designs in colourful ink.

    Kids will practice both formal and creative drawing and print-making techniques and get messy printing their pictures.

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

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Cost: $80 per person

    Participants must be aged 5–8 years old to attend this workshop.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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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.

    Class size: maximum 8
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Cost: $160 per person

    Participants must be aged 9–12 years old to attend this workshop.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    2 day course: 10 July and 11 July.
    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $160
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    In this 1-day school holiday workshop, kids will get to design, make and colour a ceramic drinking mug in the shape of their favourite animal.

    We’ll look at how drinking vessels, known as rhytons, were made in ancient Greece, 3000 years ago. Kids will learn some of the history of the rhyton and the symbolism that has been passed down through the centuries. They’ll then design their own mug, drawing inspiration from pictures of some of the drinking vessels that have survived from Eurasia.

    Next, they’ll have fun getting hands-on and messy with the clay to make their mug, using slab and hand-building techniques. Practicing their new skills with help from our experienced tutor, they’ll create and colour their cup in the shape of their chosen animal.

    After the workshop, we’ll bisque, glaze and glaze fire the artworks ready to use. Each child’s work will be ready to collect approximately 4 weeks after the workshop.

    Class size: maximum 10.
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided.
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Children must be aged 5 to 8 years to attend this workshop.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials. This workshop will use 100% reclaimed clay.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    Join us for this fun and intensive full-day youth workshop, where you’ll learn to paint realistic and dynamic self-portraits.

    Our experienced tutor will teach you a range of formal and experimental techniques and introduce you to working with a selection of acrylic mediums. We will learn about facial proportion and anatomy while experimenting with unconventional materials such as wax resist, ink and salt, on professional watercolour paper.

    We begin the day by learning about facial proportion and anatomy, to help you plan and create accurate drawings. You’ll go on to learn basic colour theory, and have fun experimenting with unconventional materials.

    You’ll even use secret alchemical techniques to create ethereal textures and effects, to help you capture your own unique personality through colour, line and texture.

    At the end of the day you’ll have learned exciting new skills to take home along with your paintings.

    Class size: maximum 10.
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided.
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing (aprons provided).
    You must be aged 12 to 17 years to attend this workshop.

    Where possible we use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Tutor: Jane Caveney.

    Please bring a packed lunch and wear enclosed toed shoes (no sandals or thongs).

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    Have you got a young designer or decorator at home? Get them to join us for a fun-filled day of designing and stamping.

    In this fun 1-day school holiday workshop, kids will get to design and make their own unique block stamps for printing on paper or fabric, while learning about the ancient craft of wood block printmaking.

    In the morning our experienced tutor will guide the kids through the basics of composition and design. They’ll then get to try out their new skills as they design their own repetitive interlocking patterns, taking inspiration from some of the historical block prints that have survived from China 220AD.

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Cost: $80 per person

    Participants must be aged 9–12 years old to attend this workshop.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
  • Book now

    Sold out.

    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    In this 1-day school holiday workshop, kids will get to design, make and colour a ceramic drinking mug in the shape of their favourite animal.

    We’ll look at how drinking vessels, known as rhytons, were made in ancient Greece, 3000 years ago. Kids will learn some of the history of the rhyton and the symbolism that has been passed down through the centuries. They’ll then design their own mug, drawing inspiration from pictures of some of the drinking vessels that have survived from Eurasia.

    Next, they’ll have fun getting hands-on and messy with the clay to make their mug, using slab and hand-building techniques. Practicing their new skills with help from our experienced tutor, they’ll create and colour their cup in the shape of their chosen animal.

    After the workshop, we’ll bisque, glaze and glaze fire the artworks ready to use. Each child’s work will be ready to collect approximately 4 weeks after the workshop.

    Class size: maximum 10.
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided.
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Children must be aged 5 to 8 years to attend this workshop.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials. This workshop will use 100% reclaimed clay.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
  • Book now

    In this 1 day school holiday workshop, kids will learn the fundamentals of ceramic wheel throwing and inlay slab building.

    Under the guidance of our experienced ceramics tutor, kids will spend half the day getting hands-on experience using the potter’s wheel to make a simple bowl and plate with raku clay. For the rest Kids will have fun learning all about inlaying clay on the clay roller, and hand building a plate out of the slabs they have rolled.

    This workshop is designed for complete beginners as well as kids with some experience who are looking to improve their skills and gain a solid foundation in wheel-throwing.

    Works will be fired and ready to collect approximately 4 weeks after the workshop.

    This workshop will use 100% reclaimed clay from the ceramics studio. All brush on glazes and dipping glazes are handmade on site.

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Cost: $80 per person

    Participants must be aged 9–12 years old to attend this workshop.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Come with us back to the Stone Age!

    Kids can join in the fun as we look back through time to when art first began. They’ll learn all about the worlds’ first artists, and about the life of Stone Age people who lived in caves in Europe at the end of the Ice Age.

    Taking inspiration from the stunning animal cave paintings created at Lascaux in South western France during the Stone Age, kids will create their very own pre-historic cave drawing. They’ll get to experiment with pastels and sign their finished artwork with a handprint.

    After lunch, kids will get to discover the secret of stone engraving. They’ll learn about petroglyphs, the creation of rock art images, while carving their own design into sandstone using the safest and simplest of tools – a paperclip!

    At the end of the day, each child will have their own drawing and rock carving to take home.

    Class size: maximum 10.
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided.
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing.
    Children must be aged 5 to 8 years to attend this workshop.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Sold out.

    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    In this fun 1-day school holiday workshop, kids will get to create a short stop frame animation using Lego, toys, cardboard and anything else available in the studio.

    They’ll design, create, animate and shoot their own animation story using stop frame animation techniques. This technique captures 1 frame at a time, with 25 frames recorded for each second. Kids will get hands-on using mini iPads to directly capture each frame using the Stop Motion Studio app.

    Under the guidance of our experienced tutor, they get to create an animation from start to finish, learn how to design characters, shoot scenes and then output their final animation to watch online.

    This is a great workshop for young kids interested in filmmaking and digital technology.

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Cost: $80 per child

    Participants must be aged 5 to 8 years old to attend this workshop.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.
    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Sold out.

    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    Calling all young vikings!

    Kids will love this fun day of painting, sculpting and stories. They’ll get to learn all about the Viking age and create their very own Norse God pendant.

    We’ll be looking at the amazing Dragon ships the Vikings used for war and trade, and using them for inspiration for a painting.

    The kids will get to try a range of drawing and painting techniques to make their artwork and learn the secret of aging artwork to fool family and friends with their own 1000-year old Viking painting!

    After lunch we’ll move on to sculpting with modelling clay. The kids will learn about the Norse Gods as they create a unique pendant to hang around their neck.

    At the end of the day, everyone will have their own painting and necklace to take home.

    Class size: maximum 10.
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided.
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing.
    Children must be aged 5 to 8 years to attend this workshop.
    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    In this fun school holiday workshop, you’ll learn exciting new clay sculpting skills and make an inviting home to bring precious native bees to your garden.

    Bees are amongst the most important creatures on earth. These amazing insects pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants – including 70 of the top 100 human food crops. 1 in 3 bites of food that we eat comes from plants pollinated by bees.

    You don’t need any experience to enjoy this workshop, as your experienced tutor will give you step-by-step introductions on how to create your very own bee hotel.

    As you get to work building your hotel to your own special design, you’ll learn a range of fun new techniques including wheel-throwing and hand-building. You’ll then get to decorate your creation using a variety of surface techniques, and apply tinted underglazes to give it colour, texture and dimension.

    In the afternoon we get a special visit from guest speaker Dan Smailes of Sydney Native Bees (sydneynativebees.com), who’ll teach you how to attract and care for your new bee friends.

    Your bee hotel will be fired and ready to collect approximately 4 weeks after the workshop. Once you hang it safely in your garden, porch or outdoor space, your bee hotel will attract solitary native bees, including Blue Banded and Leaf Cutter Bees.

    Class size: maximum 10.
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided.
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing (aprons provided).
    You must be aged 12 to 17 years to attend this workshop.

    Where possible we use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials. We use reclaimed clay.

    Please bring a packed lunch and wear enclosed toed shoes (no sandals or thongs).

    Tutor: Hayley West

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
  • Book now

    Bookings open 6 June 2018.

    In this fun 1-day school holiday workshop, kids will get to create a short stop frame animation using Lego, toys, cardboard and anything else available in the studio.

    They’ll design, create, animate and shoot their own animation story using stop frame animation techniques. This technique captures 1 frame at a time, with 25 frames recorded for each second. Kids will get hands-on using mini iPads to directly capture each frame using the Stop Motion Studio app.

    Under the guidance of our experienced tutor, they get to create an animation from start to finish, learn how to design characters, shoot scenes and then output their final animation to watch online.

    This is a great workshop for young kids interested in filmmaking and digital technology.

    Class size: maximum 10
    What to bring: a packed lunch and water bottle – all materials provided
    What to wear: enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs) and comfortable clothing
    Cost: $80 per child

    Participants must be aged 9 to 12 years old to attend this workshop.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    We use sustainable and non-toxic techniques and materials.

    Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
    Cost: General: $80.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington