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Spring School holiday workshops 2018

We have just had an amazing two weeks of spring school holiday workshop with nine full-day workshops for children in primary school, we had over 80 students that joined our workshops, they experienced painting, textural landscapes magnolias and Unicorns, children were able to experiment with a variety of mediums whilst creating their favourite cat as a framed artwork, native Australian flowers were painted in watercolours then made into a wonderful concertina book to take home and finally, our clay modelling series was a big hit with children creating new pets of wombats, horses and unicorns.

Basia and I take great pleasure in teaching your children and are grateful for the opportunity to inspire them whilst creating art.

Creatively Yours

Julia.

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Take a look at the amazing sculptures created in term three art classes

What a fantastic term, thank you for the dedication and hard work put into achieving such amazing artworks this term.

Our students gained an understanding to the importance of having a clear vision of an idea on paper first as this helped them explore possibilities and also understand limitations of the sculptural mediums at hand, we first started sculpting animals in air drying clay and then in papier-mâché.

As a teacher I actively teach each class with step by step demonstrations of how to sculpt an object on my own sculpture prototype, I find children have a better understanding by watching then doing the process.

With active teaching I show the limitations of the medium at hand, a few examples of helpful tips I share with my students is the correct thickness of clay and how to use your fingertips rather than the children’s hot palms, this helps to slow the drying process when working with clay.

The tactile quality of sculpture is always a favourite medium for children, we always include sculpture workshops in our school holiday programs.  – Julia.

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Congratulations Threatened Species Award Winners

I am proud to announce that 23 of our students were awarded certificates and prizes for the threatened species children’s art competition Monday’s class “Turquoise Parrot” group work and an individual work received finalist certificates. Highly commended was awarded to Thursday afternoons “Woma” group artwork and a second prize was awarded to Saturday mornings group work “Glossy Black Cockatoo”.
2729 students from 163 schools and education programs in NSW and ACT created artworks to commemorate threatened species of NSW and ACT, only 70 works have been selected as finalists to be exhibited at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Surry Hills Library, from 10th – 24th September. – Julia Sawicki
This has to be one of the best After School programmes. The variety and breadth of skills and techniques that my daughter has learnt have only increased her enjoyment and love of Art. Highly recommend this programme.
Richard Critchfield.
Group Art works created at Art Box Workshops
“Glossy Black Cockatoo’s”, Saturday mornings class Linocut prints, acrylic paint on paper. 100cm x 75cm.

“Glossy Black Cockatoo Searching for Sanctuary”,
Group work by  Tully Howell,  Alisha Felton,  Lucinda Halcrow,  Sholto, Robbie Moreton,  Ivan Tjandra.
Acrylic Paint, Lino prints and watercolour on Paper.
Dimensions: 100 cm X 75 cm.

Since European colonization, land clearing has been a major threat to the survival of the glossy black-cockatoo, the reduction of food trees and nest hollows have been significant in the dwindling population. Our group painted a landscape cleared of all natural habitat by bulldozers, thick grey smoke from back burning filling the air, causing the cockatoos to flee the inhabitable land in search of a new forest sanctuary to call home. Each student created a “Lino print”, of the Glossy Black Cockatoo, carving out and hand painting the unique markings of red feathers for the tale and yellow feathers around the neck of the female.
We must stop stripping our motherland back and keep sacred forests as sanctuaries for our native birds so that future generations can enjoy an abundance of wildlife for generations to come.
Written by Sholto

Group artwork created at Art Box Workshops
The Woma seeks critical shelter, Acrylic paint on paper 100cm x 75 cm

“The Woma seeks critical shelter”,
Acrylic paint on paper 100cm x 75 cm
Group work created by Eliza Abeywickrema, Noah Lucas, Emma Burnett, Lulu Smithyman, Weiya Kong

The Woma is a giant python and is a threatened species of N.S.W. It is on average 1.5 meters long and is an egg-laying python. The Woma is endangered because of the destruction of their natural habitat from fire and land clearing. They are losing critical shelter and are easy prey for foxes and cats; luckily a targeted strategy for managing this species has been developed under ‘saving our species program.’
Our class created a group artwork of the Woma seeking refuge from the destruction of their natural habitat a safe place for them to live and breed away from predators and bushfires. The car driving through the barren landscape represents the people that work for the ‘saving our species program’ with a love heart painted on their car, we hope that they are able to rescue the Woma from extinction.

Written by Weiya Kong

Group work created at Art Box W

Turquoise Parrot Flying for their Lives,
collage paper and acrylic painting. 100 cm x 75 cm

 Group Work by
Zosia Batorowicz, Alex Thyme, Natalie Nasunthon, Toby George, Ava Kiryk, Aiden Lee,  Sienna Lally, Sienna Lally, Margret Jordan, Katherine Jordan

The Turquoise parrot is endangered because their habitat is being destroyed by forest back burning and clearing they are more at risk from predators such as cats and foxes, we created a group artwork of these beautiful birds flying for their lives from a fox, each of us collaged a bird using Turquoise, green, blue, yellow, red and orange paper to represent the beautiful feather colourings of the Turquoise Parrot.
As a group we agreed that to help these beautiful birds from becoming extinct we need to stop the back burning and clearing away of their natural habitat, we need to provide safe forests for the birds to nest in at a safe distance from predators, please help these beautiful birds.
Written by Sienna and Ava

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Winter school holiday workshops 2018

Thank you for joining our winter school holiday workshops.

Basia and I had a lot of fun running the winter school holiday workshops from our new extended studio space, it was just finished in time and now we can accommodate, 12 students per workshop.

Winter Workshop Highlight

“introduction to printmaking”, is always a favourite signature workshop we provide for the younger students (6-8 years old), I will teach background techniques, “print transfers” “monoprint” using paper and glass and “stamping”. We explore patterns and textures, butterfly creations were a highlight. The students also worked out a layout of their favourite prints that they then framed, creating a gorgeous artwork to take home.

 

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Take a look at the group artworks created in term two, threatened species of N.S.W.

During term two at Art  Box Workshops, each of our five classes created both a group work and individual works based on the theme. “Threatened species of N.S.W”.
This is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about our Native Australian plants, insects and animals and the reasons for the human impact that they are being threatened to the point of extinction. Whilst the students are researching the various species they come up with their own ideas on how they can help to make changes for these animals future survival and express their messages in artworks created at our studio.
During the first three weeks, five large group works were created by each of our after school and Saturday morning classes, each of these has been entered into the ‘Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition’. Individual works created at Art Box Workshops have started to be submitted by parents (closing date is 3rd of August 2018) entries to be exhibited will be announced in the following weeks.
If you still need to enter please click here for the link. Also please take a look at all of the works entered so far from students and art schools from NSW and the ACT, click here to taking a look at the Threatened species children’s art competition facebook page

Group artwork created at Art Box Workshops
“Glossy Black Cockatoo Searching for Sanctuary”, Acrylic, Lino prints and watercolour on Paper Dimensions: 100 cm X 75 cm

Glossy Black Cockatoo Searching for Sanctuary

Since European colonization, land clearing has been a major threat to the survival of the glossy black-cockatoo, the reduction of food trees and nest hollows have been significant in the dwindling population. Our group painted a landscape cleared of all natural habitat by bulldozers, thick grey smoke from back burning filling the air, causing the cockatoos to flee the unhabitable land in search of a new forest sanctuary to call home. Each student created a “Lino print”, of the Glossy Black Cockatoo, carving out and hand painting the unique markings of red feathers for the tale and yellow feathers around the neck of the female. We must stop stripping our motherland back and keep sacred forests as sanctuaries for our native birds so that future generations can enjoy an abundance of wildlife for generations to come.
Written by Sholto

Group work by  Tully Howl, Alisha Felton, Lucinda Halcrow, Sholto, Robbie Moreton, Ivan Tjandra.

Turquoise Parrot Flying for their Lives

Collage paper and acrylic painting. 100 cm x 75 cm

Group artwork created at Art Box Workshops
Turquoise Parrot Flying for their Lives, collage paper and acrylic painting. 100 cm x 75 cm

The Turquoise parrot is endangered because their habitat is being destroyed by forest back burning and clearing they are more at risk from predators such as cats and foxes, we created a group artwork of these beautiful birds flying for their lives from a fox, each of us collaged a bird using Turquoise, green, blue, yellow, red and orange paper to represent the beautiful feather colourings of the Turquoise Parrot.
As a group we agreed that to help these beautiful birds from becoming extinct we need to stop the back burning and clearing away of their natural habitat, we need to provide safe forests for the birds to nest in at a safe distance from predators, please help these beautiful birds.
written By Ava and Sienna

Group Work by Zosia Batorowicz, Alex Thyme, Natalie Nasunthon, Toby George, Ava Kiryk, Aiden Lee, Sienna Lally, Margret Jordan, Katherine Jordan

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Acrylic paint and wax crayons on paper100 cm x 75 cm

group artwork created at Art Box Workshops
The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, acrylic paint and wax crayons on paper 100 cm x 75 cm

 Lord Howe Island is a small volcanic island situated in the Tasman Sea  800 km North East of Sydney, it is home to a very large flightless stick insect (Dryococelus australis)this is also known as a ‘land lobster’ and it is one of the rarest species of insects in the world. These stick insects have been safe until 1918 when a ship called the “Makembo” ran aground nearby the island, introducing the “Black Rat” (Rattus rattus). We need to help these insects they are under threat of extinction, there has been on record less than 30 adult stick insects on a small rocky Island off Lord Howe Island called Balls Pyramid, this is the stick insects last place of refuge. Our class has created an artwork that presents a solution to minimize the ‘Black Rats’. We all painted Balls Pyramid and we researched that the stick insects favourite food plant is the Melaleuca howeana that grows on the island, each student painted rat trap that is there to catch the rats. We researched that stick insect do not like cheese, so the insects should be perfectly safe and the Black rats will no longer be a threat.
 written by Joanna McMinn

Group Work created by Max Kovesi, Ava Johnson, Madison Da Silva, Abigail Smith, Joanna McMinn, Jack Conner Brent, Harry  Donohoe, Aaliyah Tabassum, Bailey Edwards

Christmas Bells no More Left, for the Picking.

Acrylic paint, ink pen on paper, 100cmx 75cm.

Christmas Bells no More Left, for the Picking. Acrylic paint, ink pen on paper, 100 cm x 75cm.

Christmas Bells (Blandfordia) is an endangered flower species of N.S.W. They are endangered because of their beauty.
We created a group work of someone picking these wonderful flowers to make their home prettier, on the wall behind the vase of Christmas Bells is a collection of drawings created by each student displaying pictorially different ways these flowers are being harmed.
This flower pop’s up from the ground between November and February, during Christmas time, sparking the name. These precious flowers take three years to bloom from germination and they live for about 10 years if they are not disturbed. You must have a license to grow Christmas bells even though these precious flowers are dying out.

Written by Isabelle Shankland

Group work by Emilie Tang, Jessica Bruce, Emily Critchfield, Isabelle Shankland, Holly Robinson, Katy Tool, Alexander Mizzi, Olivia Mizzi, Sebastian Byrne

The Woma seeks critical shelter,

Acrylic paint on paper 100cm x 75 cm

Group artwork created at Art Box Workshops
The Woma seeks critical shelter, Acrylic paint on paper 100cm x 75 cm

The Woma is a giant python and is a threatened species of N.S.W. It is on average 1.5 meters long and is an egg-laying python. The Woma is endangered because of the destruction of their natural habitat from fire and land clearing. They are losing critical shelter and are easy prey for foxes and cats; luckily a targeted strategy for managing this species has been developed under ‘saving our species program.’
Our class created a group artwork of the Woma seeking refuge from the destruction of their natural habitat a safe place for them to live and breed away from predators and bushfires. The car driving through the barren landscape represents the people that work for the ‘saving our species program’ with a love heart painted on their car, we hope that they are able to rescue the Woma from extinction.

Written by Weiya Kong

Group work created by Eliza Abeywickrema, Noah Lucas, Emma Burnett, Lulu Smithyman, Weiya Kong

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Easter school Holiday workshops 2018

Thank you for joining our Easter school holiday workshops.

Basia and I had so much fun teaching your children this Easter with lots of Autumn and Easter themed workshops in a variety of mediums, please take a look at some of the amazing works created in “Rabbit in the grass workshop”.

My daughter has attended Artbox Workshop’s school holiday workshop program every holiday for the past couple of years. She absolutely loves the classes and looks forward to them. The studio and garden area are such a lovely area for the kids to learn and be creative in. The range of techniques and projects offered are varied and perfectly age appropriate, my daughter comes home inspired and very pleased with herself and with what she has created. We have each of her artworks hung about the house!

Karen Edwards

 

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Why it is Important to Learn the Fundamentals of Drawing.

Learning the fundamentals of drawing has probably been one of the most critical terms of the year at Art Box Workshops. Students in both our younger (6-8 yrs. old) and older groups (9 yrs. and older), were actively taught composition and techniques in measuring angles, size and shapes, tonal values, shadow and highlights. This term was a fantastic course learning the foundations of drawing, and we gave each student a wealth of valuable skills that will provide them with confidence in drawing for future creative projects.

The students that join our courses gain an understanding of the importance of technique. We always provide steps by step demonstrations at each of our classes. Giving each child individual attention if needed. Our younger students are encouraged to tap into their imagination and creative spirit. We mix up the course with a variety of mediums to decorate and embellish their objects and also exploring the possibilities of placing their object in an imaginary space, making each artwork a fun, colourful adventure.

Our older students focus on drawing a group of objects, learning techniques of creating a composition and looking at spacing and the relationship of each of the objects in a group. They also experience a variety of mediums such as lead pencils, charcoal, Acrylic paint and watercolour. I actively teach the various applications of each of the mediums to guide our students to have precise results.

During the last four weeks of the term, each student had the opportunity to draw and paint their favourite objects, with the skills and techniques that they had learned from the beginning of the semester. They each sketched and painted a single object, or for the more challenging a group of favourite objects, please take a look at the above video and the beautiful artworks created by our students at Art Box Workshops.

I am so proud of the dedication that is given by each of our students, and I am grateful to have parents and carers that nurture the creative spirit of their child, I strive to make each students art experience with us a memorable one. – Julia.

Please click here for more information on our art classes.

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The gift of being part of a local creative community

We, Basia Zielinska and Julia Sawicki , Co-Founders of Art Box Workshops have recently been reflecting on the importance of our involvement in our local community. What a great way to meet our local community, through our creative services.

We started up Art Box Workshops 7 years ago. Both of us were practicing artists at this time and we loved creating works for exhibitions and for commission. The life change of Julia expecting a baby sparked the inspiration to create Art box Workshops studio, a space to share our passion for art to our local community.

Julia Sawicki running an Art Box Workshops for local council

Basia and I have worked together over the years, as a team, utilizing our individual skills to make Art Box Workshops a wonderful, creative, learning environment. Art Box Workshops has been a success because of the ongoing support from our local community. Our local community has been an important part of our creative growth over the years. In supporting us by sending their children to us for art classes has been a major factor in encouraging us to keep going from strength to strength. We very much appreciate this community support.

We work with parents, facilitating school holiday workshops along similar hours to a school day. We also personally collect many of our students, after school, from our local Primary school, a five minute walk away from the studio, allowing peace of mind to the busy working parents, who know their child is safely taken care of. The children have some “Chill time” where they can relax, enjoy a healthy afternoon tea and catch up with friends before the lessons begin.

We are constantly tweaking our three year curriculum built across two sets of age groups, the first three years of primary school and the last three years of primary school, no lesson is actually repeated during a child’s six years of art classes or workshops at Art box Workshops. We offer after school art classes that align with the opportunity of entering works into local community art completions such as the Young Archie portrait prize (now open for entries click here for details) and the Australian threatened species art competition.

 

The essence of what makes Art box Workshops studio unique is that we have created a lovely “Homey” atmosphere for the children. Our studio is located in the garden of my mum Basia’s family home. We have the studio space, a beautiful garden with table and chairs for all meal breaks and of course, the home itself, a refuge on wet weather days. It truly is a home from home. Parents love this place too. So many are working parents and they can see the children are safe, cared for and that they are having great fun creating art.

children painting in the garden at Art Box Workshops

Street Library painted by Art Box Workshops In a community situation there is a lot of give and take. Basia and I run regular free (we provide all materials and our time) workshops, organized by our local North Sydney Council, which are attended by young children and their parents. We donate artworks for fundraisers run by the children’s schools and our local “Street Library” on Yeo Street Neutral Bay was painted by us. We encourage our students to attend exhibitions at local galleries and to participate in local community art competitions and exhibitions.

Click here for Art Box Workshops term time art classes.

Click here for Art Box Workshops school holiday program.

Basia Zielinska running an Art Box Workshop for local councils

Our local North Sydney Council has done tremendous work over the years for our local creative arts community. It has been an honor for Art Box Workshops to be part of a number of local community exhibitions and festivals, such as “Children’s week”, for more information on arts and culture in our local community please take a look at this link www.Northsydney.nsw.gov/artsnadculture.

We look forward to being part of our local community by continuing to provide after school Art Club, school holiday workshops and we are exploring the possibility of some weekend art classes for adults.

Creatively yours

Basia and Julia

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Summer times at Art Box Workshops

 

Thank you all for joining us this Summer Basia and I had so much fun teaching each and every one of you, you all continue to amaze us with their enjoyment and dedication to art. we did have a few very challenging workshops this year but as you see with the short video the results speak for themselves.

After school classes start this Saturday 3rd February, all classes are full booked apart form our Saturday class we are still taking bookings, if you are interested  please click here for more information. 

Thank you again for all of your support over the years we are so grateful to be part of such a wonderful creative community.

Creatively yours

Julia Sawicki and Basia Zielinska

 

Summer school holiday workshops

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Thank You for Joining our Pre-Christmas Workshops 2017

Basia and Julia would like to thank all of the parents and carers that had enrolled  there children into our festive workshops, we had a wonderful time getting into the festive spirit before Christmas.

This is a short video of all the children’s creations during the week.

Art Box Workshops, Pre – Christmas Workshop descriptions.

Christmas tree decorations at Art box Workshops

Our very popular pre-Christmas workshop where students paint tree bauballs,  which make wonderful gifts.  We offer several designs which include patterns and motifs. Our young students love this workshop.

Christmas Bear painting at Art Box Workshops

This is such a lovely new workshop, teaching our students how to paint a teddy bear. There is a skill extension for the older students in this pre-Christmas mixed class. The students will have scope to choose their own designs for the decoration on the side of the heart shaped box.

Christmas clay decorations at Art Box Workshops

There is something magical about clay which all our students just love. We use air-dry clay which does not need to be fired.  The students enjoy forming the clay around a paper core, making them light for hanging on the tree for Christmas Eve.

Christmas tree painting at Art Box Workshops

This workshop sold out quickly when we first offered it and because of the many aspects of design, very much enjoyed by our students.  They can choose how to decorate the tree and what kind of gifts to place underneath. The students also enjoy the added aspect of some sparkles for their trees.

Christmas Fairy Penguin sculpture at Art Box Workshops

Our newest addition to our clay sculpture repertoire is just so cute!  He can be festive with a hat) or just plain. Either way a delight to make.