School Holiday Arts Program – Extreme Arts!

  • Image by Jackie Dixon.
    Image by Jackie Dixon.
School Holiday Arts Program – Extreme Arts!
Event Information

We’re the perfect place for  arty kids these school holidays! Our three-day School Holiday Arts Program features workshops that encourage participants to explore and express their creative skills. The sessions are designed to enhance connectedness and well-being, with each session run by an artist-tutor as well as support workers.

When: 12, 13 & 14 April, 10am-3pm
Before care: 8:30-10am
After care: 3-5pm

Please bring your own play lunch and lunch, water bottle and hat. 

Your kids will learn and play in their own age groups and rotate across each activities. Read more about our unique workshop offerings below.

Celebrating the Seasons with Karima Baadilla
Inspired by her recent exhibition at Footscray Community Arts, Let’s Pull things Apart Together, Karima’s workshops will use unconventional, repurposed objects to create layered art pieces. Taking inspiration from the seasons, the work will be layered with paint, textures, memories and objects celebrating the best times of the year. 

Sew Soft Sculpture with OPAL
Have you ever wanted to make your own best friend out of felt and stuffing? Opal has, and now your kids can too!  These workshops explore basic hand stitching techniques and simple ways to make great things with limited resources. There will be patterns to cut out, and lots of bright and colourful fuzzy frizzy felt to play with. 

Creative Upcycling with The indirect Object
You know you’re in for something special when The indirect Object are running the show! These workshops focus on sustainability and recycling, using found objects to create functional art. The indirect Object will help kids deconstruct an everyday item, adding a little paint and sparkle to create something new. Designed to empower students with education about materials as well as through the power of transformation, each child will leave these workshops with a feeling of accomplishment.  

Presented as part of our Creative Workshops Program.

Date & Times

12 – 14 April

Footscray Community Arts

3 days: Full $270 / Concession $235

1 day: Full $115 / Concession $90

Early bird (until 31 March): 3 days: $240

Before care: $10
After care: $15

Meet the Artist-tutors
  • Karima Baadilla
    Karima Baadilla

    Karima Baadilla’s creative practice is informed by her personal quest to find her place in the world as a migrant settler in Australia, by exploring the emotional and psychological aspects of a person’s life. 

    In her work, Karima paints on top of old paintings in an attempt to create new spaces in existing ones. The aim is not to erase the past, but to add new perspectives and dimensions. The act of choosing to de-frame, re-paint, re-frame and then re-define an existing painting is to demand space where there is none. It adds layers of time, space, place and history instead of creating a wholly separate figurative world – rejecting the notion of ‘othering’. 

  • OPAL

    Opal is an artist, performer, facilitator and artist-in-RESIDENCE at Footscray Community Arts. Originally from Jersey, in the Channel Islands, Opal has been working in Australia and New Zealand since 2015.  

    Opal runs a fortnightly peer-2-peer space for LGBTIQA+ people in Melbourne’s western suburbs (Queer Corner) and facilitate high school workshops for cohorts of teenagers to exp lore masculinity and gender (The Man Cave). Also a giant puppeteer, Opal works regularly with Snuff Puppets.

COVID Safety

The health and safety of our staff, artists and patrons is Footscray Community Arts’ highest priority. You will be required to follow all COVID-19 protocol at the centre. Please bring a mask to wear in any indoor or outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. You will also be expected to observe to maximum room capacities, printed outside each venue. Adults will also need to show their vaccination status in line with government guidelines.


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