Small Art Adventures | Term 4

Small Art Adventures | Colour, Contrast and Creativity with Michelle Day

Small Art Adventures | 5-7 years
Colour, Contrast and Creativity with Michelle Day

Saturday 10-11:30am or 1:30-3pm

19 October – 23 November 2019

Let’s go on an art adventure into the world of magic, music and the mystical unknown using techniques of painting, modelling, binding and building, exploring colour and contrast to create clay mythical creatures, magical shimmering works on paper, flamboyant Halloween masks and fun musical instruments from recycled materials. We will learn and talk about how art can be inspired by music and magic and listen to music and sound clips for inspiration while making. We will finish the term with a jingle, a shake, a bang and a twang in a wondrous concert from our little creators playing their new recycled musical instruments for parents and friends. And perhaps the magic of our tunes will inspire our colourful mythical creatures to dance along with us.

About Michelle Day

Michelle Day

Michelle Day is an Australian based sculptor and installation artist. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several prestigious grants. Michelle completed her MFA (by research) at Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Art in 2017 and her Bachelor of Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art & Design in 2009 in Textiles and Sculpture. Michelle’s work focuses on the organic world and the wonders of nature – the beautiful and the uncomfortable. She often creates her work from translucent, delicate materials paired with illumination. Michelle believes in the importance of nurturing the unique imaginations of young creators and fostering learning through play and tactile making. In her workshops, she offers the opportunity to experiment freely, which she believes enriches people’s ability to problem solve, be self-directed and think creatively in all aspects of their life as both children and adults.


Week 1 (19 October)
Magic and Mystery
Do you believe in magic? Let’s explore what makes an artwork look or feel magical, and make some shimmery artworks on board using some interesting techniques with paint, glitter and water to create swirling, swaying, shimmering landscapes and abstract paintings inspired by magical fables.

Week 2 (26 October)
This week we will explore ideas around Halloween and the mystical unknown. We will have fun exploring how Halloween is celebrated in different cultures, such as in Mexico and Japan, and make Halloween masks and flamboyant accessories inspired by our cultural discoveries. We will also look at artists who are inspired by mystical and spooky themes.

Week 3 (2 November)
Mythical Creatures: Modelling
Now let’s explore mythical creatures in Europe and Asia and create our own imaginary creatures from clay and play dough. We will learn basic modelling techniques for air-drying clay and about useful tools for creating surface texture and contrast.

Break week (9 November)
Optional bonus experience: Design Week Open Studios
Artists throughout Canberra will be opening their studios to the public for a unique peek into what they’re making and how they make it. In Michelle’s studio, you will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of her making her sculptures at 11:30am and there will be tactile material tours for children until 3pm.

Address: Studio 14, ANCA, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson ACT

Week 4 (16 November)
Mythical Creatures: Colour
We will complete our mythical creatures, which will now be dry and ready for colour. We will paint our clay sculptures and explore pattern and colour contrast to create mythical creatures that are so alive with colour that they jump off the table! We will listen to music while painting and will choose three pieces that we feel relate to our imaginary creatures. We will explore these pieces of music through our artwork next week.

Week 5 (23 November)
Music and Sounds
Let’s listen to music that relates to and animates our mythical creatures. We will listen to the three pieces of music that we chose in week 4. After talking about each piece, we’ll make works on paper and use collage and paint to respond to the piece of music we like the most. We will then explore some other sounds through audio clips and identify whether we think the sounds were created in the night or the day. We will express how these sounds make us feel through works on paper using pastel, watercolour and collage, and illustrating what we imagine is making each sound.

Week 6 (30 November)
Musical Instruments
We will finish the term with a jingle, a shake, a bang and a twang. Let’s make some fun and creative musical instruments from recycled materials and have a concert for our parents and friends. Perhaps the magic of our tunes will inspire our colourful mythical creatures to life to dance along with us?



All materials will be provided.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop. Please indicate your class time preference (10am or 1:30pm) 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.

Terms and conditions

  • Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
  • No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info

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

Image in header by Rosalind Lemoh.