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Welcome everyone to Term 3 of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) Home School for 2017. After a hugely successful start to 2017 the HS program continues innovate and respond to participants and as such has established itself as critical component of the educational structure at CPAC. Thank you to both parents and students for your continued support that makes this possible.

Public Programs at CPAC has been continually working in close collaboration with Home School organisers to produce an extended range of creative learning workshops.  For Term 3|2017 we have produced a further series of developmental art workshops that continue to coordinate creative learning for wide age range in a single weekly visit to CPAC. Both of these programs offer additional workshops with some new workshops to extend the learning focus to both morning and afternoon sessions.

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Look Think - Word Image | AGES 10 - 14

Term 3 | Wednesdays | 10.30 am - 12. 30pm
19 July | 2, 16, 30 August |13 September
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions, all materials included
Ages 10 - 14

This term students be exploring the context and relationship of Images and Words in art making through a series of mixed media skills based workshops. Over the course of five weeks students complete five ‘text’ based projects ranging from the surrealist ‘automatic’ texts to the production of a collective artist book. Each week’s class will begin with a group discussion of the investigation, supported by works on display and reference images, while also drawing parallels to contemporary cultural examples. Each week will conclude with a round table discussion and sharing of work. All materials will be supplied.


Term 3: Brief overview by week:

Week 1 | Guided visualisation with response:

After listening to a guided imagery exercise the class will have the opportunity to respond in both images and words. We shall discuss the way that images and words can overlap and where they differ. When does one form of writing become another form of art?

Focus Artists: Barbara Kruger, Xu Bing, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner

Week 2 | Automatic text:

Students will be introduced to Surrealism and automatic poetry. After a discussion students will be given a collection of random words to work with in this lesson. The students will be expected to create a narrative that can be either illustrated or responded to as a single image/collage.

Focus Artists: Andre Mason, Andre Breton

Week 3 | Choice of own text and creating illustration:

Students will be asked in the previous lesson to choose a piece of text that they can work with in creating imagery. It may be an illustration of the text, a pictorial continuation of a narrative or a response piece to the text. Text will ideally be poetry, song lyrics, short section of a theatrical piece or section from a novel. Maximum of 5 pages.

Focus Artists: Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Jim Henson and Brian Froud

Week 4 | Artists Books

In this class students shall receive a piece of text that they will illustrate or reassemble and collate to complete a class Artist’s book. Contributions will be mono-printed to allow each class member to receive a copy of collective work.

Focus Artist: Ed Ruscha, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle, Hans Haacke

Week 5 | Reduction poetry

Students will receive a piece of text and asked to eliminate or redact sections to create a new text. Discussion will centre on creating something new, taking possession of text and imagery and their experiences of exploring the relationships between text and imagery.

Focus Artist: Tom Philips, Bruce Nauman, Rosalie Gascoigne, Candy Jernigan


Look Think Word Image is facilitated by Dianne McClaughlin.
Dianne is an artist that is interested in the inherent qualities of artmaking as a tool of communication and realisation. Di has been awarded for works in both traditional and modern printmaking techniques as well as sculpture and has exhibited throughout the greater Sydney region. Having completed a Masters of Fine Arts in print media from Sydney College of the Arts in 2013, Di is now undertaking an art therapy traineeship through Western Sydney University.


If either LOOK THINK or LETTING OFF STEAM are booked in combination with their additional workshop both these will be available at a reduced price of $180.00

LETTING OFF S.T.E.A.M : SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING ART MATHS | AGES 6 - 9

Term 3 | Wednesdays | 10.30 am - 12. 30pm
19 July | 2, 16, 30 August |13 September
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions, all materials included
Ages 6 - 9

Letting off S.T.E.A.M is an inclusive art and science program at Casula Powerhouse for children for 6-9 yrs. Over five two hour sessions within CPAC’s rich visual environment, this course will provide younger children with innovative ways to examine connections between art making, the sciences and art history. Explorations in term 3 includes Twirling Twig mobiles + Alexander Calder and Wizard’s Brew + Louise Zhang. So come and let your children let off some S.T.E.A.M throughout 2017.


Week 1 | Science + Art

*             Slime

*             Wizard’s Brew

*             Lynda Benglis.

*             Louise Zhang

Week |   Technology + Art

*             Spinning Ballerinas

*             Stop Motion

*             William Kentridge

*             PES

Week 3 | Engineering + Art

*             Twirling Twig mobile

*             Skewer Structure

*             Frank Gehry

*             Alexander Calder

Week 4 | Art

*             Marbled Paper

*             Oil & Water do Mix

*             Georgia O Keefe

*             Turkish Marbling

Week 5 | Maths + Art

*             Paul Klee

*             Compass Painting

*             Cubism

*             Frank Stella


Letting off S.T.E.A.M will be led by Cayn Rosmarin.
Cayn Rosmarin is a visual arts educator with experience in both museum and school environments. She has experience and expertise in a diverse range of arts – drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Cayn is the Public Programs & Education Officer at Casula Powerhouse

COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE | AGES 10 - 14

Term 3 | Wednesdays | 1 - 3pm
19 July | 2, 16, 30 August |13 September
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions, all materials included
Ages 10 - 14


The Comic Character

Building on the skills of Commedia dell’Arte from Term 2, but also for newcomers, students will now go on a journey of creating their own characters. Learning ways to turn their imaginations into reality. The comic character will be all about having fun pretending to be something entirely different to ourselves. We will work through different ways to be on stage, playing with movement and voice and eventually create our very own characters for performance.

Week 1 | What is a character?

Is a character in movement, in voice, in costume or story? This is a difficult question to answer outright so using games, costumes and movement we will explore this question. What makes a good character? Using the natural elements, using animals and through mimicry of each other participants will expand their range of movement options as they come up with ways of embodying character.

Week 2 | Character through story.

Participants will tell stories and find ways of turning the characters from these stories into characters of their own. Stories from life, mythology and the world around us. Participants will be required to bring in a costume from home for the next session – it should be like a disguise.

Week 3 | Our Characters

Today participants get to meet their very own characters. Dressed in the costume of their choice, we will do some simple exploration exercises to discover how this character moves, talks and sees the world around them. What do they want? We will then play some simple improvisation games using these characters.

Week 4 | Finalise character – The Birthday Party

Participants make any changes to the character they want to make, trying and exploring new things. We will keep playing games, trying new ways to play with character including an extended improvisation called ‘The Birthday Party’.

Week 5 | Sitcom: A Short Performance with the Characters in Situation

The characters will be split into groups and participants will begin devising a short Sitcom performance with their characters. This will pull together the comic skills learned over the last two terms, with Commedia and character work. We will keep playing and refining for a short showing at the end of the day.


COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE will be facilitated by theatre professionals from Matriark Theatre. Their facilitators are internationally trained and nationally recognized with teaching experience in institutions and high schools across the country. They bring the expertise and energy of a seasoned Commedia troupe and regularly perform at various venues, schools and institutions around Sydney.


Clay Together + Magic Circus | Ages 6 - 9

Term 3 | Wednesdays | 1 - 2 pm & 2 - 3pm
19 July | 2, 16, 30 August |13 September
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions, all materials included
Ages 10 - 14

Clay Together will provide a series of accessible ceramic art projects designed specifically for younger children. These workshops will connect children to 3D exploration within a familiar material and additionally build confidence and techniques in hand working, pinching, glazing and decorating clay art.

Clay Together is facilitated by Kathie Raco.
Kathie is a ceramic artist and founder member of the long established Clayhouse adjacent to CPAC and has extensive experience in facilitating a wide context of ceramic workshops for Clayhouse and Casula Powerhouse.


Magic Circus is a companion program to Drama School After School at Casula Powerhouse. Magic Circus is a great way for children to express themselves and stay physically fit while having fun -improving hand eye co-ordination and critical thinking skills. The program offers an introductory mixture of skills, exercises and fun for children between the ages of 6-9.

In term 3-returning students will learn to master their newfound skills and of course we will be re-capping for new students. We will be tapping into the creative side of storytelling through props and improv character work, putting play into action with a fresh set of practical fun games and activities to get everyone thinking, moving and to develop and showcase their skills.

Magic Circus is facilitated by Rubystar!
Ruby has been performing magic and circus through the art of clowning for 15 years around Australia delighting children of all ages through interactive shows and hands on workshops. Ruby is a regular facilitator at Casula Powerhouse.

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