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The Home School program at Casula Powerhouse provides a comprehensive, creative curriculum for home-schooled children aged 6-14. The Home School program is now in its 3rd year offering a creative learning curriculum throughout the year (4 terms). It simultaneously provides a syllabus for ages 6-9 and 10-14 with both primary and supplementary programming over 5 (4 hour) sessions each term.

Term 4 programs commence Monday, 22 October 2018.

For enquiries or for more information about our educational programs
email ppe@casulapowerhouse.com
phone 9824 1121

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Click here to book workshop subscriptions for Term 4


Wednesdays (Unless stated)
24 October, 7, 21 November and 5, 19 December | 10.30 - 12.30pm
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions (All materials included) | Click here to book

Ages 6-9

# If LOOK THINK TECHNOLOGY is booked in combination with its additional workshop both of these will be available at a reduced price of $180.00

LOOK THINK TECHNOLOGY provides opportunities for students aged 6-9 to learn through hands on creative activities in either robotics, computer programming, electronics, or Science. Combining a range of curriculum areas such as Science, Technology, English, Art, Maths and, Digital media these workshops encourage younger children to become reflective learners, take risks and to question. We want all children to have an opportunity to learn in a fun hands on way

Hands on learning provides children with a better ability to engage in the subject they are learning. Children have a better ability to recount concepts more easily when they are doing. LOOK THINK TECHNOLOGY fosters problem based learning to encourage students to work together creatively. Each week’s class will begin with a group discussion of the investigation, supported by works on display and reference images, while also thinking about the design process. Each week will conclude with a round table discussion and sharing of reflection. All materials will be supplied.

WEEK 1 | Gears make things work – Ever wondered how things move? Using various hands on learning tasks we will investigate how carnival rides work, how bikes use gears and energy is passed through a device.

WEEK 2 & 3 | Cardboard inventions – This is a two week task where we will make contraptions out of recycled cardboard. What can we make? A boat that floats, a racetrack that bends, a robot that walks?

WEEK 4 | Let’s make bridges – students will investigate the various types of bridges used in our everyday lives and work to construct their very own bridge. The challenge will be for students to make a bridge sturdy enough to hold different objects.

WEEK 5 | Light up decorations – finishing the year with making cool led light up hanging decorations that students will use electrical circuits to make and can then take home.

LOOK THINK TECHNOLOGY is presented by John Kemp from Create to Learn. Create to Learn presents annual robotics and animation workshops in school holidays as well as the WOW Festival. John is an enthusiastic and experienced educator who has been inspiring children with hands on learning for the past few years. John is a big kid himself loving to investigate how things work and being innovative with his teaching.

Letting off S.T.E.A.M. (10-14)

Wednesdays (Unless stated)
24 October, 7, 21 November and 5, 19 December | 10.30 - 12.30pm
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions (All materials included) | Click here to book
Ages 12-14 

# If LETTING OFF STEAM is booked in combination with its additional workshop both these will be available at a reduced price of $180.00




Letting off S.T.E.A.M for ages 10-14. In this inclusive art and science program this course will provide older students with innovative ways to examine connections between art making and the sciences. Students will be encouraged to explore in both traditional and new media whilst learning about art history and theory. Students will create artworks in an engaging and exciting environment to increase their confidence in visual thinking and discover their own artistic identity.

Term 4 | Brief Overview by the week


Marine Wildlife – creating underwater marine creatures through art.

Students will start term 4 with the exploration of marine biology – focusing on underwater wildlife. Through books, slides and other resources, students in groups will gather information and will present their research. Working with sculpture, students will create their very own sea creatures.

Artists: Lynda Draper, Ramalama Creatures, Hine Mizushima


Technology in music. Students will be immersed in the world of music and how it affects emotions. The class will start by discussing how music and technology is integrated in art through studying various artists. Sound waves seen through Abelton, a music software will also be further discussed. Artworks are created through aural exercises by hearing different types of sounds and music.

Artists: John Cage, Abelton Software


Paper Engineering – Creating 3D paper art sculptures (pop up paper works and other paper art). Fusing measurement and engineering to create art through paper mechanisms. The class will start off with some ready-made templates to work with, then in groups through problem-solving, will create their own versions of paper pop-ups sculptures or foldable art. The class will end with a presentation on how they created their works.

Artists: Ben Avlis, Shin Tanaka

Week 4| ART

Understanding exhibitions and gallery spaces. Students will engage with the current CPAC exhibition, given an in-depth tour including why the works are presented in a certain way – a simple guide to curating including activities relating to gallery spaces. Back in the studio, students will be looking at and discussing contemporary art, a run through of more daring artists and an art work to be created relating to the exhibition. Through class discussions, activities and art making, this lesson will hopefully help students realise gallery spaces in an objective and subjective view.

Artists: current CPAC exhibition TBA

Week 5 | MATHS & ART

Abstraction through measurement and randomisation: Mixed media

Students will explore how shape and size can create artworks. Through looking at artists from the modernist era and contemporary, students will create work based on size – from the miniature to the very large. Groups will create large scale portraits working outside the studio, and back at the studio, working individually, students are to create miniature pieces.

Artists: various miniature food artists, Joshua Smith, Fintan Magee

Letting off S.T.E.A.M. will be facilitated by Florence Araniego.

Florence grew up in Liverpool, south-west Sydney. She has a background in the creative industry, having completed a Diploma of Film at TAFE, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts UNSW. She has travelled to Japan, and is inspired by all things kawaii and has been drawing her own characters ever since! Currently working with artists at Studio A, Florence has recently facilitated performances at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. Florence has become a very familiar face at Casula Powerhouse facilitating a range of workshops and programs from manga workshops for Draw Together to the Art School After School series.

What's Your Shape (6-9)

Wednesdays (Unless stated)
24 October, 7, 21 November and 5, 19 December | 1-3pm
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions (All materials included) | Click here to book

Ages 6-9

# If WHAT’S YOUR SHAPE ? is booked in combination with its additional workshop both these will be available at a reduced price of $180.00

What’s Your Shape? is it tall, round, square, large, sharp, flat, patterned, long, thin, rough or smooth?

What’s Your Shape? is a new innovative approach to engaging young children in creative thinking.

What’s Your Shape? is perfect way for children to create and connect their imagination to a world of possibilities.

What’s Your Shape? uses drawing as a journey to discovery and clay as flexible learning material with numerous possibilities.

What’s Your Shape? matches individual creative interests to achieving individual creative outcomes.

What’s Your Shape? builds over 5 weeks to create take-away works that are unique and meaningful.

Week 1 | Accidental Shapes | In this lesson what we create and how we create it will be left to chance – think pin the tail on the donkey meets Modern Art. Students will play a game designed to create abstract artworks that are randomly generated.

Artists: Jean Arp, Hannah Hoch and Matisse.

Week 2 | Geometric Shapes | Taking inspiration from 1960s Optical art, students will discover the possibilities of art making with grids, shapes and other geometric forms.

Artists: Bridget Riley, Anni Albers, Joseph Albers and Sol LeWitt.

Week 3 | Face Shapes | Students will combine abstraction with figures and in the process learn about the way that street artists use the magic of printmaking.

Artists: Keith Haring, Maya Hayuk, Kashink and Blek Le Rat.

Week 4 | Abstract Shapes |This lesson will take place outside, where students will investigate the energetic painterly methods of the abstract expressionist painters.

Artists: Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner

Week 5 | Sound Shapes | Students will be introduced to a variety of unconventional approaches to instrumentation and explore the world of abstract sound design.

Artists: Steve Reich, John Cage, Delia Derbyshire, Suzanne Cianni

WHAT’S YOUR SHAPE? Is facilitated by Simon Wheeldon

Simon Wheeldon is a multi-disciplinary artist working with drawing, painting and sound art. Simon’s artwork is concerned with the perceived functions of images within complex systems of signs and symbols. Simon studied fine art at Wollongong TAFE, COFA and later completed a Master of Fine Art specialising in drawing at the National Art School.


Wednesdays (Unless stated)
24 October, 7, 21 November and 5, 19 December | 1-3pm
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions (All materials included) | Click here to book

Ages 10-14

# If SUPERNATURAL SHAKESPEARE is booked in combination with its additional workshop both these will be available at a reduced price of $180.00

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy”

The world of Elizabethan England was one full of superstition. The legend goes that when King James was presented with Macbeth he was so terrified of the witches that he lost sleep for months. Shakespeare represented the supernatural and fantastical on stage regularly. This workshop will look at the famous and not-so-famous examples of the supernatural in Shakespeare’s work. Students will look at how the scenes may have been played traditionally and how we might be able to do so now.

Term 4 Brief Weekly Overview 

Week 1 | The Witches – Macbeth’s witches are terrifying and terrible. Neither good, nor evil, they encourage his despicable acts but lead him to do horrible things. This week we’ll look at the classic text and create our own witches.

Week 2 | The Fairies – Midsummer Night’s Dream presents to us the forest and the denizens of the forest. These fairies and their rulers are beautiful and powerful. This lesson will play with how these spirits of the forest might be presented on the stage, drawing from the famous representations and inspiring us to find our own.

Week 3 | The Ghosts – Hamlet sees his father, Macbeth his friend, the spirits of the dead return to prophesy doom. What do they say? How do they say it? How can we present this? In a way that’s terrifying or comforting? This class will explore this.

Week 4 | The Magicians – The Tempest introduces us to the powerful wizard Prospero and his spirit of the air Ariel. They cast spells and illusions as revenge on the group of hapless shipwrecked soldiers. We will look at the spells and incantations of the tempest and create the scenes ourselves.

Week 5 | Performance – This week we’ll prepare some of our favourite creations from the term. These may involve the text itself or even movement, dance and song, image or even design. This will be presented for an audience of family and friends.

SUPERNATURAL SHAKESPEARE is presented by Matriark Theatre. Matriark Theatre is made up of core artists Scott Parker, Kathryn Parker, Aleisa Jelbart, Nicholas O'Regan & Robert den Engelsman. Hailing from backgrounds in design, classical music, puppetry, mask and physical comedy, Matriark exists to create new theatrical works for families blending whimsical puppetry and glorious visuals together with folk tales and physical theatre. The company is committed to connecting diverse audiences with the arts, improving participation and accessibility by working with communities, schools and regional arts centres to develop, premiere and present new works.

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