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Welcome everyone to Term 4 of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) Home School for 2017. Term 4 2017 concludes the second full year of the HS program and it gives me great pleasure to produce this education program  that 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 and I look forward to seeing you again throughout 2018

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 4|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 additional workshops to extend the learning focus to both morning and afternoon sessions.

Term 4 programs commence Wednesday 11 October

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

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Wednesdays (Unless stated)
11, 25 October | 8, 22 Nov | 6 Dec
10.30 - 12.30pm
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions (all materials included)
Ages 10-14

In this term students will investigate the relationship between identification and representation through imagery of themselves. The students will be introduced to the concepts of personal symbols and visual metaphors as modes of communicating aspects of their individual identities. 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 4 Brief overview by week

Week 1 | Self-portrait with mirrors
Students will be lead to produce a deep detail rendering of their facial features. As a group the students will look at a brief history of portraiture with examples by Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Kahlo

Week 2| Altered self-portraits:
Students will revisit the concept of portraiture as showing the physical representation of an individual and will then be invited to extend this understanding through the altered self-portrait. The students will look at the works of artists such as Warhol, Close and Picasso and consider how the material application of medium affects the reading of the image.

Week 3 | Objects and symbols of importance
In this workshop students are invited to bring an object from home with which they identify, this may be a particular story, a family heirloom or a favourite toy. This workshop will involve studying the relationship between the students and the objects and methods with which to portray this. Focus artists will include Kahlo, Munch, Ensor, Magritte and Dali.

Week 4 & 5 | Creating your own symbol
Following the discussion of the previous weeks, students will be encouraged to create a symbol that they are able to identify with. Students are welcome to use symbols from nature, religion and individually designed motifs that visually portray elements of the student’s personality. This will be explored as a final artwork that will combine self-portraiture with the students personally created symbol. All previous artists will be revisited in this session.

LOOK THINK CREATE 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.


Wednesdays (Unless stated)
11, 25 October | 8, 22 Nov | 6 Dec
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions (All materials included)
Ages 10-14

INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE will provide a 2 hour dedicated workshop to scene description, context and script analysis, prior to role play and group seminar situation. Each class will be facilitated by theatre professionals

Term 4 Brief overview by week

Week 1 | Introduction |The Tempest
Continuing on from the previous success of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V and Macbeth, we're going to explore Shakespeare through one of his silliest yet heart-warming plays, The Tempest. The Tempest is the story of shipwrecks, island hijinks, plots to overthrow Kings, love at first sight, and discovery. Week 1 will involve a walk-through synopsis and understanding the text.

Week 2 | Character and text
We will continue our investigation of The Tempest, exploring the relationship of the main characters; Alonso, Prospero, Miranda, Ariel, Caliban and Ferdinand. This will form part of the ensemble work that we will share for our final showing.

Week 3 | Scene work
Casting of scenes. Read through and understanding the script. Participants will take on characters from the play and begin to analyse and develop scene work for our final showing, concentrating on delivering Shakespeare's language with understanding, clarity and expression.

Week 4 | Production rehearsals
Rehearsals will continue on The Tempest, staging the scenes, detailing the vocal and physical performance work. Small costume and prop elements will be introduced.

Week 5 | Final Production
We will work towards specificity, focus and finessing our interpretation of The Tempest in preparation for our final performance at the end of this session. We will apply the earlier ensemble work to create interesting scenes with everyone involved supporting each other’s work.

INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE Term 4 will be facilitated by theatre professional Scott Sheridan.

Scott is a graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Theatre credits include: Bell Shakespeare; Hamlet, Actors At Work.  Sport For Jove Theatre Co; The Importance of Being Ernest, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Tempest. Melbourne Theatre Company/Daniel Sparrow Productions; Rupert, which toured to Kennedy Centre in Washington as part of the World Stages International Festival. Black Swan State Theatre Company; The Importance of Being Ernest, Arcadia, When the Rain Stops Falling, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Griffin Theatre Co: The Witches. Barking Gecko Theatre Co: In a Dark Dark Wood, Trains of Thought Critical Stages; Stones in his Pockets. Darlinghurst Theatre; Drake the Amazing. Film and TV: Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, Careless Love, AE:2 Gallipoli Submarine, Short Film: Undeadicated (writer), Unwanted Friend (co-writer), The Beehive.Scott is a proud member of Equity.

Letting off S.T.E.A.M.




Wednesdays (Unless stated)
11, 25 October | 8, 22 Nov | 6 Dec
10.30 - 12.30pm
$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. So come and let your children let off some S.T.E.A.M throughout 2017.

Brief overview by week

Students will develop a list of their favorite things and translate their findings into a visual mapping of the brain. Students will be encouraged to tap into all aspects of their personality to generate a complex and layered relief form.

Artist Jack Stahel: Jack Stahel’s practice incorporates processes of drawing and collecting and can be briefly described as both informative, foreign yet familiar and fun. Imaginary Science is his fabricated field of research, and involves various creative examinations of how the human brain thinks about itself.

Students will explore the impact of technology on the human form. The workshop will offer a gateway into investigating how technology has impacted and transformed our lives and more specifically how it has altered how the body functions and how the human form moves through the world. Using a combination of found and electrical materials, students will develop a techno-cosmo replica of their own boy.

Artist Jayden Hastings: Jaden Hastings' work focuses upon the interplay of art and science - challenging the understanding of both disciplines, and moving them into new spaces for exploration.

Students explore the significance of materiality in revealing and concealing the environment. Using only highly reflective materials, students will construct a structure and examine how it responds to and converses with the space around it.

Artist Tadao Ando: Tadao Ando is a self-taught architect whose minimal aesthetic and love of natural materials like glass and concrete earned him the Pritzker Prize in 1995. His buildings are marked by a masterful command of the elements, including natural light that diffuses into interiors at just the right angles, pools of water that reflect his angular designs, and ventilation methods that mimic human breathing.

Students will be introduced to The Hollows, a large transparent sculpture by Mikala Dwyer and will be invited to create three dimensional forms inspired by their observations. A variety of transparent materials will be explored and arranged to give structure and weight to a sculpture that appears light and vulnerable, much like Dwyer’s works. The forms developed will include both positive and negative space, furthering the students understanding of compositional balance.

Artist Mikala Dwyer: Mikala Dwyer’s practice is predominantly installation-based, in which she constructs distinctive personal spaces within a gallery, using materials that have a strong association with the body.

Students will develop a mathematical drawing guided by the lines and confines of grid paper and guided by the principles of instruction drawing.

Artist Sol LeWitt: Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was important in the creation of the new aesthetic of the 1960's that was the opposite of ‘Abstract Expressionism'. LeWitt, maintained the importance of the idea and majority of his work is executed by others using specific instructions provided by the artist

Letting off S.T.E.A.Mwill be led by Lleah Smith. Lleah Smith is an artist and an educator. She holds an honors degree in Fine Arts from the UNSW Art and Design and a Masters of Art Administration. Her professional practice is split between Australia and India, she has just returned to Sydney after spending 3 years living and working in Delhi where she worked at the experimental arts organisation Khoj International Artist Association and The Design Village, an interdisciplinary design college. Since returning to Sydney Lleah has joined Kaldor Public Art Projects as Education and Public Programs Coordinator. Lleah enjoys working across spaces, places with wide and diverse demographics to facilitate valuable experiences with contemporary arts practices. She encourages her students to observe information closely, to critique and to use all their senses when exploring works of art.


Wednesdays (Unless stated)
11, 25 October | 8, 22 Nov | 6 Dec
1-2pm & 2-3pm
$100 for 5 (2 hour) sessions (All materials included)

Ages 6-9 

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.  The Clayhouse are an association of potters and ceramic artists who devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with Public Programs Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC). Kathie has extensive experience in facilitating a wide context of ceramic workshops for Clayhouse members and guests including day and evening classes for adults and children, classes for people with disabilities and tailored curriculum packages for schools in conjunction with CPAC.


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.

Term 4 brings us to an exciting finale to the year as we truly start to combine and develop the skills of magic, drama and circus bringing them to fruition.  Following on from the previous terms we are starting to understand how things work; what happens when we practice an art form and create new ideas. We will continue to open-up your endless potential-to learn as well as create. With a few tricks up our sleeves we will be tying together routines past and present for an amazing showcase as the finale to all your hard work. So come along and develop your skills for friends and family to be entertained!

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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