Art Club

Join us for more exciting and inspiring art adventures based on Library collections, and develop new skills to apply to your own artmaking.

This club is ideal for budding primary school-aged artists, who want to try  new ideas and get excited about the stories behind the paintings at the Library. It’s fun, highly interactive and led by Andrea, our fabulous art educator.  

Art Club is held fortnightly during term time on alternate Thursdays at 4 pm. 

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Term 4 2022

This term, Art Club continues exploring the treasures of the State Library exhibition Imagine … the Wonder of Picture Books. This exhibition showcases original artworks of many illustrators and it will be on show until August 2023.

If you can’t make it in to see it, we will be taking a close look at more of these amazing artworks and trying out some new techniques to expand our own artmaking skills. We hope you can join us!

Book cover - Fire

27 October 2022 — 4pm  

Spotlight on Bruce Whatley ­– Fire

Working from the real thing and doing the research is what makes for great artworks, according to Bruce Whatley, illustrator of the children’s book Fire, written by Jackie French. We’ll experiment with the idea of using both hands to make art and having different outcomes with each, just like Bruce. Collect some items from your garden to use as subjects this week – a leaf, seedpod, beetle or other insect would be great.

Book cover - Dry to dry

10 November 2022 — 4pm

Spotlight on Liz Anelli – Dry to Dry

Let’s get into some earthy starts! We’ll investigate how Liz Anelli worked her magic to create the images for her book Dry to Dry. We’ll see where a few smudges can take us as a starting point for developing an idea. Then you’ll create your own aerial artwork that will have you soaring.

Book cover - Paperboy

24 November 2022 — 4pm

Spotlight on Bethany Macdonald – Paper Boy

Random collage materials are a great place to start when making an artwork. We’ll look at the artworks of Bethany Macdonald and see how the movement of a cardboard shape or textured surface can take you into a whole new world of ideas. Grab that gluestick and scissors and raid the recycling for this one!

Three folded paper books

8 December 2022 — 4pm

Spotlight on Zines

We’ll revisit the ‘zine’. It’s time to put all that learning about authors and illustrators into making our own book. We’ll look at how you can make a simple storyline that you can illustrate into a mini book – in fact, endless mini books. So much fun for the last 2022 session – don’t miss it!

Art club manifesto