PLAY workshops

Manly’s Big Draw collaborative installation

Led by artist and co-creator of BIG Kids Magazine Lilly Blue, families are invited to Manly Art Gallery & Museum to participate in the creation of an interactive community installation called ‘HUMAN - a collection of individual self-portraits stretching across a giant page’. Experience the art of collaboration in what will be an engaging process and amazing outcome. Supported by Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society.

When: Sun 18 Sept, 10am – 2pm

Where: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly Free entry

Contact: 9976 1421,

Image courtesy Lilly Blue.






 Lily Blue Big Draw

Teen School Holiday Photography Workshop - Extra class by popular demand!

Be inspired to see the world differently and be introduced to the art and craft of photography. Young people aged 10 – 14 years will look at the elements of composition and design, light, viewpoints and much more.  Shoot together and print out your best photos to take home. Presented by photographer and tutor Sally Mayman.

When: Friday 30 Sept, 9am – 3pm

Where: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly

Cost: $60 all materials and morning tea included, lunch is not included

Bookings essential:  9976 1421 or





Life Drawing Studio 

Be part of the special festive Life Drawing Studios. You don’t have to be an expert, just keen to have a go – and a great night out. Hosted by Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society in the inspiring surrounds of the Gallery. Open to all, BYO materials, refreshments served.

When: Tues 13 and 27 Sept, 7.15 – 9.15pm

Where: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade, Manly

Cost: $10 Members, $17 Non-Members





Kids’ Art Adventures Creative Workshop

Children 5 – 10 years are invited to join the fun! Learn about a variety of art-making practices through hands-on activities, creating your own artworks while being inspired by the art on display at Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

When: Sun 11 Sept & 9 Oct, 10.30am – 12noon

Where: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade, Manly

Cost: $24, materials and refreshments included

Bookings: 9976 1421, (20pp max each session)

Image: Recent KAA workshop at MAG&M.





Kids Art Adventures

Introduction to Social Media Workshop

Social Media should be fun and rewarding! Presented by Eramboo Director, Robby van Dalen, this workshop is specially designed for artists to help promote their profile and artwork. If you have just started using Social Media or find it too confusing or overwhelming, then this is for you. We will look at 3 of the most used social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and how best to utilise each of their unique characteristics and services. Rob will explain their functionality and how they can benefit artists. If you haven’t set up any Social Media, there will be time to do this, so bring your smartphone or tablet with you and make sure it’s charged because you’ll be using it! Rob is a Web Designer, Social Media Consultant and Photographer and assists his clients in those areas of business. He is also General Manager at a Software company which provides software services for the Finance Industry.

When: Tues 20 Sept, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Where: Eramboo Artist Environment, 304 McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills

Cost: $30


Contact:, 9450 2550






Vividness and Voice: A Workshop for Young Writers 12-18 yrs

Award-winning author Zena Shapter invites you to develop your scene-setting skills and writing voice in this FREE half-day workshop. Ensure your readers get pulled into the world of your story, then don’t let them out! Whether the world you’re creating is set on today’s Earth or tomorrow’s universe, Zena will share with you the secrets of writing vivid prose. Want your writing to stand out from the rest? Zena will show you how to tap into your experiences and twist them into making your writing unique. Don’t miss out! Places limited.

When: Wed 28 Sept, 10am – 1pm

Where: Manly Library Meeting Room, Market Lane, Manly

Bookings: 9976 1747,

Free event







Art in Quarantine Kids’ Workshop with Mandy Pryse-Jones

We will immerse ourselves in art-making in the beautiful surrounds of North Head accompanied by the stories of the Quarantine Station. Led by Out of Quarantine exhibition local artist, Manly Pryse-Jones. 7-12 year olds, limited to 25 participants.

When: Tues 27 Sept, 9am - 3pm

Where: Former 3rd Class Showers, Wharf Precinct, Q Station, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly

Cost: $60

Bookings: Julie Regalado, 9466 1566,

Image detail: Mandy Pryse-Jones. Courtesy the artist.





Mandy Pryse-Jones Boree Ahead


Where: The G Spot, 3/30 Greycliffe Street, Queenscliff


Burst Your Bubble 

Students will have the chance to blow a glass bubble (10-15 minutes). No previous experience necessary. This can be booked or on a drop in basis.

When 24 & 25 Sept 10am - 4pm in conjunction with Open Studios weekend

Cost: $10 


Come Blow Your Form

This is a simple vase blowing lesson. Students are assisted to make a simple drop vase by arranging colours on the marver; the teacher will then pick those colours up & cover with clear glass, blow the first bubble and then student will blow to size, hang and put into kiln to cool slowly. Vase can be collected the next day. This is usually done in pairs. (45- 60 minutes). No previous experience necessary. Booking recommended but drop in possible.

When: 24 & 25 Sept 10am - 4pm in conjunction with Open Studio weekend

Cost: $75 


Weekend Glass Blowing Intensive

This 2-day workshop is the perfect beginning to discover the excitement of working with hot glass. Join us for a weekend foray of fun into the mysteries of the age-old art form of glass blowing. Conjure images of the first Syrian blowers, Greek and Roman artisans and on to Venice, the Art Nouveau movement. The workshop explores the basics of glassblowing and is aimed at beginners. Anyone who wishes to learn glassblowing at the furnace is invited to participate. No experience is required. Students will learn how to gather and marver, shape and blow glass and how to use the appropriate tools through basic exercises and practice. Use of colour will also be explored. Several short demonstrations and plenty of background information will be given. Bookings essential.

When: 1 and 2 Oct, 10am - 4pm

Cost: $550


Glass Casting Intensive

This is a unique opportunity to study with Sallie Portnoy in her studio by the sea. Take home a wealth of knowledge and several new cast sculptures. Have an inspiring weekend getting the creative juices flowing. This 2-day workshop will take students on an intensive journey into the creative possibilities of kiln cast glass. The instructor will demystify the casting process by teaching how to model and form positives in clay to make simple open moulds. The use of Gel-Flex rubber will also be demonstrated. This course will cater to all levels of ability.

When: 1 & 2 Oct, 10am - 4pm

Cost: $420


Image courtesy Sallie Portnoy










Sallie Portnoy




When: Mon 26 Sept to Fri 7 Oct, 10am - 3pm

Where: If u like ART studio, 1a Powells Rd, Brookvale

Bookings essential & full timetable: Daphne 0409 569 483


Fun Clay Animal Making Workshops

Kids aged 5 to 14 create a sea or land animal using clay during this fun half or all day holiday workshop. Animals created include owls, cows, turtles, dolphins, seals and sharks.

Cost: $75 - $80 incl materials


9th Young Artists Painting Prize - Entry Workshops

Presented by If u like ART and open to all budding artists aged 6 to 16, this annual competition provides the opportunity for youth to showcase their artistic talents. Entry is possible by creating a 'free choice' canvas painting at one of our all day Sept/Oct holiday workshops. $5,000 in prizes to be awarded.

Cost: $85 incl materials & entry fee


Sewing Workshops

Develop your hand sewing skills by making a pillow and blanket or a funky cushion or an animal softie. This fun workshop is for ages 9+.

Cost: $85 incl materials


Fashion Illustration Workshops

Are you interested in fashion? Do you want to learn how to draw fashion figures and clothing. Are you aged 9 to 14? if yes, then you will love this all day creative workshop.

Cost: $78 incl materials 


Street Art Workshops

Kids aged 7 to 14 create their very own unique street art canvas painting during the Sept/Oct school holidays using fluoro paints, stencilling and ink dripping. It's heaps of fun!

Cost: $78 incl materials 


Image courtesy the artists.










If you like art