Extreme Arts – School Holiday Arts Program
Fill your school holidays with extreme arts!
Our July school holiday program is bursting with creative and participatory workshops in animation, Bollywood dance, circus, hip hop and urban dance, sculptures, and street art. Children aged 6-12yrs create and collaborate alongside artists from the community to learn skills, make new friends and have a whole lot of fun.
Younger children (6 – 9yrs) will participate in two workshops per day and older children (10–12yrs) in a one day intensives. The workshop program is delivered from 10am–3pm and before/after care is available from 8:30am–5pm.
Please book your before and after care at the time of booking as service depends on pre-bookings.
WHEN: Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 July, 10am–3pm
VENUE: Footscray Community Arts Centre
Earlybird (before 31 May)
3 days: $180 full / $150
1 day: $90 full / $70 concession
Standard (From 1 June)
3 days: $210 full / $170 concession
1 day: $100 full / $80 concession
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.
Program for children 6 – 9 years:
Children rotate through two workshops each day.
Creative Circus – Experienced circus performers, Franca Stadler and Jenny McLeod, will get you balancing, tumbling, and undertaking aerial tricks.
Finger knitting – Join Lorena from Lore Lore and weave in the wintery wonderful pleasure of knitting through games and adventures. In this delightfully tactile workshop you’ll play with yarn and explore finger knitting to create your own finger sculpture creature. You’ll also participate in a giant human knitting machine. Curious? Come along!
Insect Sculptures – Discover the incredible world of entomology- the study of insects with illustrator Bronwen Bender. You will draw and paint creepy crawly specimens and then sculpt your own hybrid bug creations out of salvaged materials
Bollywood dance – Discover the infectious dance, movement and art of Bollywood with Joshinder Chaggar from Studio J Dance. You’ll travel through a fusion of traditional and classical Indian dance with a contemporary twist, learning hand gestures, poses & venturing in to a Bollywood story.
Urban and hip hop dance –Learn street dance fundamentals with choreographer and dancer Trevor Santos, fresh from NYC, and explore some urban moves to get you hip on the street to unlock your own freestyle!
Stop, Motion, & Animate – Explore a range of stop motion animation techniques with media artist David Pennay and create your own surreal animation.
Program for children 10 – 12 years:
Children participate in one-day intensives in these School Holiday Workshops.
Street Art – Thai Style – Explore street art with respected artist Bundit Puangthong, whose masterful work fuses his traditional Thai art with a contemporary based arts practice. You’ll be supported to own create your own stencil art works and develop your own expression and style.
Abstract Animation – Explore the digital and surreal world of stop motion animation with media artist David Pennay. Delve into your imagination and create your own abstract animation to upload onto youtube.
Intro to Machine Knitting – Create your own winter wooly with 2 wonderful and admired artisans Lorena from Lore Lore. You’ll get an overview of the knitting process and even have a go of a retro machine knitter. Walk away with your very own beanie or scarf created all in this one session!
Want to know some more about the artists?
David is local animator who runs 3 Hand Studios, a stop-motion animation studio based in Footscray. Along with 2D and stop motion animation David has over 5 years experience as an Educator from university level all the way to working with primary school students.
David has run many Animation classes from Footscray to Frankston and has assisted many young students to have their works screened on the big screen, and win international competitions. David currently lectures at RMIT for the school of Media and Communication.
Since immigrating to Melbourne from Switzerland 18 years ago, Franca has worked in all areas of live theatre and performance, predominantly with circus, specialising in rigging, rigging design, theatre technician, prop making, circus trainer, circus performer and safety officer. In my role as a rigger, rigging designer, prop maker, performer and trainer. Franca has had the pleasure of working on over 70 productions with many Companies and Organisations. For over a decade Franca has been the Women’s Circus in-house trainer and specialises in teaching the New Women’s Program, basic aerials, acrobalance and experimental aerials.
‘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 – Image courtesy of FCAC.