Artsy Bubs – Term 1 2024 (Mon 10.30am)

Artsy Bubs – Term 1 2024 (Mon 10.30am)

$185.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Fran Callen
Mon 19 Feb – Mon 8 Apr (excluding public holidays on 11 Mar & 1 Apr)
10.30am – 12.00pm
Level: Beginners


This course is for 0 to 5 year olds and their parents, grandparents and guardians. Grown-ups and children collaborate in this fun, social, experimental class. We will explore drawing, painting and collage techniques in mix of media inspired by the work of relevant and local artists. Together we will create a group ‘tabletop drawing’, as well as work individually. We will explore drawing elements and principles, and techniques such as frottage, collage, resist, homemade scratchboards, experimental printmaking, and mixed media. Exercises are designed to build confidence and skills and to inspire creative ideas to make art at home, and to recycle and explore materials and techniques.

Art Materials will be supplied. You are invited to bring recycled and found materials for certain weeks.



(Fran will invite people to bring these for certain weeks)

  • Recycled cardboard packaging, unfolded
  • Recycled plastic food and toy packaging
  • Found and natural domestic and backyard pigments/textures such as spices, ashes, instant coffee, tea, beetroot juice, dirt, sand, salt, leaves, petals, natural charcoal (I can gather these and invite people to bring their own)
  • Sticks, toothpicks, wooden scewers, wooden forks, feathers, cotton buds etc. to dip in ink for mark making
  • Old candles (for resist)
  • Cheap or well used ‘scrubby’ paint brushes (I have a whole lot, but extras are always welcome)


Fran Callen created Just Add Water in response to her 2019 Country Arts residency to Grindell’s Hut on Adnyamathanha country, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, SA. The complete body of work has been exhibited at Yarta Purtli Cultural Centre in Port Augusta and Collective Haunt in SALA 2020, and at Hahndorf Academy in SALA 2021. Fran exhibits prolifically. Her work is regularly shortlisted in national art prizes, recently including the Waterhouse Science Art Prize in 2022, Tatiara, Center of Creative Health and Heysen Art Prizes in 2022 and the Paul Guest Prize for Drawing 2019. She currently works from her studio in Adelaide and teaches at Adelaide College of the Arts, University of South Australia and Adelaide Central School of Art.


Image: Fran Callen, Detail from a tabletop drawing, image courtesy of the artist.

Categories:Mixed MediaShort CoursesTerm 1 2024
Discipline:Mixed MediaDrawing
Experience Level:Beginner

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