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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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Art Box Workshop thanks you for joining us during the spring school holidays

First of all a warm thank you to all the children that joined us for our spring school holiday workshops, thank you also to their parents and carers for enrolling them.

It is always lovely to meet new students and very special to see the students who go back to our very earliest days when we first started Art Box Workshops, coming back again and again for new workshops.

We taught some great new spring workshops, so do have a look at the gallery and now we are already designing our end of year holiday workshops.

We will be running a week of workshops with festive themes before Christmas and then two weeks of workshops in January.

Art Box Workshops Art Club

picture of a portrait being painted

Our Art Club begins on Saturday 14th October, we are now fully booked for Monday Tuesday and Thursday we only have one place available in our Saturday morning class .

Our topic term 4 is the figure. We have designed fun projects for the children to improve their understanding of the human body.

We want them to confidently and accurately be able to draw and paint the human figure in action and then separately the face, through portraiture.

This will be a very exciting term of teaching and learning. – Julia

Spring school holiday workshops 2017

 

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Art Box Workshops Students Exhibition on at Royal Botanic Gardens and Surry Hills Library

During the Spring school Holidays why not enjoy the beautiful spring weather outside with your children at the Royal Botanic Gardens,  or go and visit  Surry Hills Library . At both of these Sydney locations throughout the month of September is a very important children’s art exhibition of  “Threatened species of N.S.W.” 

Thousands of children throughout N.S.W had submitted artworks, they have each played an important roll of contributing to bringing awareness of the threats and plight to both animals and plant in N.S.W.

Finalist works were selected and awarded prizes last Thursday September 7th, on National Threatened Species Day  at Parliament House hosted by Mark Person M.P, Animal Justice Party.  

Finalist works selected, 5% of all artworks submitted are on exhibition now so please take a look at the many different species being threatened today from loss of habitat from land clearing, pollution and predators.

Three group works by Art Box Workshops after school art class students got selected as finalists in congratulations to Madeline, Ruby, Tara, Emma, Shianti, Vanessa, Kayla, Lulu for 2nd place.

sooty owls painted @artboxworkshops

Congratulations to Max, Ava, Audry, Jack, Jessica, Sebastian for a Highly Commended

Goanna painted @artboxworkshops And also a congratulations to Annabelle, Emilie, Joanna, Katy, Ava, Aiden, Sienna, Evie, Toby for being a finalist for.

We love the theme of Australian threatened species for the children’s work, it is a wonderful subject, very much enjoyed by the children, which we use as a foundation when teaching our skill based curriculum.

 

 

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Art Box Workshops Student Award Presentation at Parliament House

7th of September  was national  Threatened Species day and we are very proud to announce that 3 of our Art Box Workshops after school art classes collaborative works were Finalists in the N.S.W Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition, organised by forest media with two of the art works awarded prizes at Parliament House  the event hosted by Mark Person, M.P Animal Justice Party.

We were awarded a 2nd place and a highly commended. An amazing achievement.

It was an outstanding achievement to have three of our after school classes group works selected finalists with such a huge number of participants this year of 1600 students in total with 1400 artworks including group works entering  the competition.

sooty owls painted @artboxworkshops

Goanna painted @artboxworkshopsWe love the theme of Australian threatened species for the children’s work, it is a wonderful subject, very much enjoyed by the children, which we use as a foundation when teaching our skill based curriculum.

Congratulations to our fabulous young artists, you are all amazing.

We also want to thank the parents who were able to come to Parliament house for the award ceremony. We appreciate your support.

Finalist works will be exhibited at the Surry Hills Library and the Botanical Garden for the month of September.

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Art Box Workshops Testimonial by Neutral Bay Mum Peta

Art Box Workshops, taken from a transcript of a recorded Testimonial by Peta

“Hi, my name is Peta, I’m a local Neutral Bay mum and I have two of my children attending  Art Box Art Club. Madeline has been coming for around three years.

Lauren is one of my younger children, she has been coming for around two years and I think she saw some of the work that Madeline was bringing home and she would join me to collect Madeline after class. She could see the way that the students got to develop a work over a period of time, I think she really wanted to be involved in that.

This term the girls are doing portraiture and they really learn some of the theory and some of the different methods in the art world for portraiture before they embark on their final work. I think the luxury of having a term to explore a theme and the two hour duration of the lesson really gives them time to immerse themselves in that concept.  It’s also long enough so that it’s not just a quick half hour lesson, it’s a nice block of time so that they can switch off and just focus on their art.

I really like that Julia and Basia are true artists, Julia has a fine art’s degree and Basia has been involved in art for a long time and through primary school teaching as well as an exhibiting artist. I think sometimes, when I’ve looked at classes for the girls, they seems to be by someone who has loved art as a hobby, and then decided, “Oh I could run some classes” so what I was looking for was a bit more, still a great fun enjoyable experience but also an opportunity for the girl to learn something concrete about the way art is developed and the way an art work is produced. They are building on their knowledge like they would if they were learning an instrument or playing a sport. Coming to Art Box Club is not just a craft afternoon, it is developing a skill.”

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Art Box Workshops Collaborative Creations

We recently had some wonderful collaborative art experiences with our students.

First of all we were invited to run two art workshops at a local private school, guiding two separate years to create a large group work each for the schools fundraiser art auction.

The second experience was more recently with Art Box Workshops after school and weekend art classes. Students worked collaboratively on an artwork based on the Theme of ‘Threatened Species of Australia’.

Each of our four classes, during the two week project, worked as a team to select and research one particular threatened species. The completed works created have been submitted into ’Forest Media’s – Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition’

The content was different, but the children’s approach to the projects and the resolutions had a lot of similarities.

The vibe in our studio was very different when the students started to work collaboratively to create a single artwork. The student’s brainstormed ideas on how to create a project from beginning to end. There was a lot of enthusiasm in working together.  I found the group dynamics most interesting, with self-emerging leaders discussing and guiding the group on how to create the collaborative artwork.

It was wonderful to see the group collaborate to allocate tasks and then pull it all together to create the final piece.

In the last few weeks Art Box Workshops and its eager students have learnt to collaborate to help fundraiser for their school and also brought attention to the ever increasing plight of Australian endangered species.

We are very proud to announce that 3 out of our 4 group work submissions have been selected as finalists.

Goanna painted @artboxworkshops

sooty owls painted @artboxworkshops

The Threatened   species art competition had 1400 entries with 1600 children participating in group and individual works, 68 schools and 14 children’s programs got involved, as well as hundreds of individual children through their families.

The small percentage of finalists (around 5%) will have their work hung at the Surry Hills Library or the Botanical gardens. The Finalist list can be viewed here http://www.threatenedspeciesartcomp.net.au/finalists-2017.html

Basia and I would like to personally congratulate all our students for an amazing result.

 

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Art Box Workshops, Winter Workshops 2017.

Butterfly Mixed Media Workshop

Great start to our winter workshops today with our students creating a beautiful mixed media art work. They designed and made 3 printing plates, they collage backgrounds, printed and then framed 8 of their prints to create their artwork.

Its great to see how friends love to come to our art box workshops. Some of our students have been coming to us for a few years, some go to different schools, but get to see each other again here at our workshops and re-connect.

We have 3 breaks for food, games and catching up.

If you have not booked into our winter workshops yet, there are still some spaces left starting Monday 3rd July.

We look forward to seeing you and your children here.

Have a wonderful Winter break

Creatively yours Julia