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Extreme Arts: School Holiday Arts Program

Fill your school holidays with extreme arts!

Our September school holiday program is exploding with creative and dynamic workshops in circus, dance & visual arts. Children aged 6 – 12 years will create and collaborate alongside artists from the community to learn skills, make new friends and have fun.

Younger children (6 – 9 years) will partake in two workshops per day and the older children (10 – 12 years) participate in full-day intensives.

WHEN: Tuesday 26 September – Thursday 28 September, 10am – 3pm
Before Care: 8:30am – 10am
After Care: 3pm – 5pm

VENUE: Footscray Community Arts Centre

Earlybird (before 8 September)
3 days: $180 / $150; Single day: $90 / $70

Standard (from 9 September)
3 days: $210 / $170; Single day: $100 / $80

Please Note: Children take three breaks during the day. Please pack enough snacks and lunch!

All artists and support workers have valid Working with Children checks.


View our School Holiday Arts Program terms and conditions here.

Program for children 6 – 9 years:

Tuesday to Thursday

Creative Circus – Experienced circus performers, Franca Stadler and Emily Ross, will get you balancing, tumbling, and experimenting with aerial tricks. (Tuesday – Thursday).

Pottery play – Get hands on with clay with Erin from erinswindow and explore making your own clay animals. You’ll paint them ready to fire in the kiln so you can collect the following week.

Indigaroo fun – Get into a playful interactive exploration of Indigenous storytelling through songs, dance, and art making. Come and dance the Bunjil creation dance and create an art piece with natural materials and sing with Kungarakan/Gurindji artist Mia Stanford (Tuesday – Wednesday).

Street Dance – Learn a range of styles from hip hop to funk, breakdancing, locking and popping to get you hip on the street. With Melbourne West’s own L2R crew and dancer Daisuke Benson (Tuesday – Wednesday).

Line Dance – Explore surfaces and follow a playful trail of charcoal and movement, body and impression, colour and projections to create a dance of lines with visual artist Rita Pires and contemporary dancer Alexandra Harrison (Thursday).

Program for children 10 – 12 years: 

Tuesday & Wednesday

Street art
Over two days, learn the techniques of the spray can and discover some of street art’s freehand and stencil techniques with graffiti artist SEARious Jones.


Introduction to Creative Coding
Join visiting artist and coder Steve Berrick to explore creative coding using the open source software, Processing. You will learn the fundamentals of computer programming for the visual arts by drawing and creating sketches and shapes, and making simple interactive animations.

On the Wednesday all the children in our holiday program will get the chance to interact with the Hello Future Self (by Steve Berrick) installation.

Hello Future Self explores our impending augmented world by allowing participants to create an avatar that unites human and robotic senses. Inviting children to see their creations come to life, Hello Future Self is a participatory drawing project which transforms hand-drawn artworks into digital animations. Playfully interactive and designed especially for children, Hello Future Self is nonetheless powered by complex 3D worlds and computer vision techniques.

Hello Future Self is presented in association with Experimenta and ANAT Commission

‘My kids have a lot of fun. I believe it’s really important to be involved in the arts as there’s not enough in school and this really supports their wider education. At FCAC they’re surrounded by a whole lot of other artists, exhibitions and there are events always happening. They are immersed in an environment that’s artistic and helps them ‘grow up’; it’s an extension of their schooling.’ – Ani Mattila, parent of two

SHAP is presented as part of our Arts Learning program.

1-SHAP Extreme Arts January 2016. Image by Sue Cash.
2-SHAP Extreme Arts September 2016. Image courtesy of FCAC.
3-SHAP Extreme Arts September 2016. Image courtesy of FCAC.
4-SHAP Extreme Arts September 2016. Image courtesy of FCAC.

Date & Times
  • Tuesday 26 September – Thursday 28 September,
    10am – 3pm
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