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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!   See our Frequesntly Asked Questions section for more information.

Saturday classes

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All our Saturday classes are run from our artKids Studio space, under North Canberra Baptist Hall.

Saturday Juniors (4 - 7 yrs) 9.30 - 10.30 am Keep those enthusiastic young ones engaged and focused in our one-hour Saturday morning class, 9.30-10.30 am. This class has a techniques and skills focus like our after-school classes.

Saturday Seniors (8 - 12 yrs) 10.30 - 12.00 pm ThisCan't make it to our afterschool class? You won't miss out as we run the same class on Saturday. You can also attend your make-up class in this session. 

 

Anime/Cartooning (9 yrs +) 1.00 - 2.30 pm Ever popular, our Anime and cartooning workshops are very busy. Kids learn the basics of Anime drawing and encouraged to develop their own style. This ongoing class welcomes Beginners as the skills learnt each week build upon and review existing skills. The classes cover facial features, hair, body postures, accessories and backgrounds.  We also explore 

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Saturday artTeens (12 - 16 yrs) 3.30 - 5.00 pm We're passionate about keeping kids drawing and as we've grown, so our art kids have grown into teens. This session has an individual focus where teens can explore different mediums, hone their skills and techniques around their own subject matter and/or art movement choices. 

 

Saturday Realistic Drawing - Continuing 10 yrs+  3.30 - 5.00 pm Once kids have completed our school holiday three-morning Realistic Drawing sessions, they can keep practising their skills. The students choose what area they'd like to work on for a term - Portraits, Animals, Fantasy Creatures, Nature, etc  - and explore different art mediums.