During these school holidays, kids got hands-on creative and enjoyed a dose of inspiration from some of Australia’s most well-known contemporary artists, with the Kids’ Urban Art Workshops at Wollongong Central. It was a rare opportunity to mix it one-on-one with the biggest names in urban art disciplines.
These free workshops broadened children’s knowledge of art techniques, expanded their scope of what is defined as art and what is possible, and develop their artistic ability. They catered to kids aged 5-16 years, and offered experiences with disciplines including aerosol painting, illustration, paste-ups, and stencilling.
The hour-long Kids’ Urban Art Workshops were led by a group of five handpicked artists. Sydney-based Phibs is one of the most respected and renowned names in graffiti and street art, with his public art works prolific across the globe. Camille Walsh is a Blue Mountains visual artist, freelance photographer and workshop facilitator. Evan Newby has worked in the animation and illustration industry for over twenty years, while also running classes on techniques and skills in drawing and animation. Poncho Army is the artistic pseudonym of Trina Collins, a Wollongong artist who owns and operates the local Anchors Aweigh Art Studio. Natalia Zajaz is a printmaker, cartoonist, street artist and author from the Blue Mountains.
Curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented with Wollongong Central, these workshops provided children with a unique insight into the world of the artist and make them into one too!
There were three workshops held daily, with starting times at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.
Week 1 – Monday 9 January – Friday 13 January
Week 2 – Monday 16 January – Friday 20 January
Wollongong Central, Level 3 Gateway, near Dymocks
As an added element, the Kids’ Urban Art Workshops featured traditional graffiti installations on giant wall structures, created by workshop artist Phibs.
Phibs, Camille Walsh, Evan Newby, Poncho Army, Natalia Zajaz