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