What is artKids?
Lauren, aged 10
artKids after-school art and drawing workshops focus on building children's drawing and observational skills - the fundamentals of all art-making - in a fun, supportive, confidence-building environment. Using the elements of art and principles of design, children are taken on a journey of art-making, exploring different mediums through the lives and works of famous and contemporary artists, while encouraging individual artistic choices. artKids teaches children there are no mistakes or flops in art, only 'flopportunities'! By adding, deleting or re-imagining their art, children learn how to solve problems using creative-thinking skills, much sought-after in today's workplace.
Each class begins with a drawing warm up activity as drawing skills are the foundation of all art. We cover a wide range of mediums - pencil, charcoal, chalk and oil pastels, watercolour and acrylic paints, clay, sculptures, collage, etc - over the course of a term, giving kids the opportunity to explore and experiment. Each fortnight we focus on a particular skill, technique or artist movement/artist and our project choices derive from that. There is scope within the projects for children to follow their interests. For example, for our cartoon drawing enthusiastics, they are challenged to bring their cartoon style into the project medium or art movement. We often find what kids like to do by them telling us what they do NOT want to do!
After-school classes are usually 3 - 5 pm in line with school finishing times. The cost is $35 per workshop, payable on a term basis. The cost includes all materials used in the class, afternoon tea and GST. If you are dropping your child at a class not run from your school, the fees are $32 per workshop as no afternoon tea is provided. Please make sure your child eats before class because, contrary to popular art history, starving children do not make great artists! For class locations, see below.
Saturday morning classes are held at North Canberra Baptist Hall, 17 Condamine Street, Turner. These classes are split into age groups and there is also a Realistic Drawing 10 yrs+ class.
Saturday Juniors (5*-7 yrs) cost is $25 per 1 hr workshop, payable on a term basis.
Saturday Seniors (8-12 yrs) const is $35 per 1.5 hr workshop, payable on a term basis.
* We will consider 4 year olds if they are able to focus.
If you'd like to see an artKids program running out of your school, please contact us now.
Owen, aged 10
Marlow, aged 8