Kids invited to get creative at Parramatta Artists Studios

Young artists, aged 5 to 12 years, and their families, are invited to come and flex their creative-thinking muscles at Parramatta Artists Studios these school holidays with an exciting one-day event on Saturday 29 September, from 10am to 3pm.

The Future Artists Club program includes a wide range of activities for budding artists, from exploring a moving forest art installation to making musical instruments and creating hand-woven pieces. City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said he was proud to support this wonderful program that nurtures and inspires young artists.

“Art plays a vital role in stimulating children’s creativity and this unique program demonstrates the value that Parramatta Artists Studios offer to the wider community. Not only will the kids be entertained, they will also be able to learn from professional artists,” Cr Wilson said.

“It is wonderful to see artists such as Rosie Deacon, Jessica Bradford, Rebecca Gallo, Tom Blake, Linda Brescia and Mitch Vane sharing their talents and insights with the next generation.” To start the day, local social enterprise cafe Darcy St Projects will offer a carefully selected range of forest-inspired coffees for parents to taste, as well as a number of kid-friendly iced tea blends.

Well-known children’s book illustrator Mitch Vane, of the much-loved Little Lunch series, will present a brainstorming workshop exploring urban forest creatures, while Rebecca Gallo and Tom Blake will show participants how to combine collage with drawing and sculpture to create an imaginary world.

Kids will also be able to get their faces painted, make their own binoculars and camouflage costumes, and imagine a future where they could have a dog’s sense of smell or the sonar locating skill of a bat.