Big Art Adventures


Big Art Adventures: Inspired by Nature with Mary Kayser

Big Art Adventures | 8-12 years
Inspired by Nature with Mary Kayser

Saturday > 10:30am – 12:30pm or 2 – 4pm

23 February – 30 March

Imagine, draw, design, paint and make your own hard or soft sculpture. Along the journey be inspired by patterns and shapes seen in nature, the animal kingdom, some endangered species and by artists that are inspired by the natural world. Draw in your own way as well as using a few simple drawing ‘recipes’. Experiment with blending colours; explore the colour wheel and mess with paint. Imagine, design, measure and plan what you would like to make in 3D. Model clay and or work with fabric to create your 3D sculpture.

About Mary Kayser >

Mary Kayser

Professional artist and educator Mary Kayser has formal teaching qualifications, a Degree in Visual Arts and over 25 years experience teaching creative art and sculpture workshops, from preschool through to adults. For the last five years, Mary has been creating and teaching the Big Art Adventures program for Belconnen Arts Centre. She is a creative nurturer who believes offering opportunities to explore individual creativity is extremely important for all ages. This drives her passion to share her many well-developed skills.

Content >

Week 1 (23 Feb)
Explore patterns and shapes; use a few simple drawing ‘recipes’ for drawing animals, then play with smudging, blending pencil marks, chalk pastels and charcoal on your choice of paper or card.

Week 2 (2 Mar)
Discover working with clay. Learn to model a hollow formed animal, from nature or from your imagination. Colour it if you like.

Weeks 3 & 4 (9 Mar & 16 Mar)
Examine the colour wheel and experiment with mixing and blending paint colours. Design, measure and plan what you would like to make for your painted soft sculpture in fabric/canvas. Create your stencil reference and colour with paint. Prepare and undercoat your canvas. Once dry, paint both sides with your animal, character or design.

Week 5 (23 Mar)
Embellish your soft sculpture with a variety of bits and pieces. When both surfaces are finished, hand-sew together, fill and complete; a sewing machine may be at hand to assist if needed.

Week 6 (30 Mar)
Completion of work and setup for the end of term exhibition.

Cost >


All materials will be provided.

Enrolment >

Please indicate your class time preference (10:30am or 2pm) by selecting one of the start dates below. Should you find that your chosen class is full, please add yourself to the waiting list on Eventbrite and you will be contacted if a place becomes available.

More info >

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.