Wood Whittling – Make a bird

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  • Location: Arts and Ecology Centre, Tanawha 4556 Queensland

January WingIt! Workshops:
Workshops are held at the Sunshine Coast's family friendly conservation reserves. Workshops fill quickly so follow the booking link now to secure a spot.

Children will learn the basics of whittling as they work a stick to look like a bird head/neck, then paint and decorate it to make it their own species of wondrous bird! These are simple stick structures, gently stuck into the earth that come alive with a little colour and imagination.

Wood Whittling – Make a bird
Wednesday 17 January
11.30 - 1.30pm (2hrs) Age: 8 to 17
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden

Celebrated, local artist Miles Allen invites you to take a closer look at the forest À oor and marvel at the majestic bower of the Satin Bowerbird. Come along to this natural sculpture workshop where we learn about this special, native bird then construct and decorate (with blue) a bower of our own. Participants will gain an appreciation of the complexity and dexterity involved in making a bower, and create an ephemeral bower ‘village’ to be enjoyed by visitors to the Garden.

Be a Satin Bowerbird
Thursday 18 January
Workshop 1: 9 - 10.30am (1.5hrs) Age: 6 to 17
Workshop 2: 11.30 - 1pm (1.5hrs) Age: 6 to 17
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden

Local environmental artist Jono Bateman invites participants to this hands-on exploration of real bush habitats. Come and learn about different native bird habitats and then explore your new knowledge through paint and mixed media. Be inspired by new creative techniques that articulate the Voice of Nature.

Voice of Nature
Friday 19 January
Workshop 1: 9.30 - 11am (1.5hrs) Age: 8 to 17
Workshop 2: 12 - 1.30pm (1.5hrs) Age: 8 to 17
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden

Wing It! Children's Holiday Program
12 - 15 December 2017, at the Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha
3 - 5 January 2018, at the Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha
9 - 12 January 2018, at the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
16 - 19 January 2018, at the Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha

Local and visiting artists will set children’s imaginations soaring with Wing It. This workshop series is all about birds. Choose sessions which delight those interested in

  • weaving
  • carving
  • paint
  • print
  • sound recording
  • sculpture
  • story.

Please note

  • workshops are age specific
  • full payment is required upon registration
  • maximum three children per registration.

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Natural Impressions
Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 January
Daily workshops: 10am - 2pm Age: 5+
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Please note: No registration necessary, participation is free
Come and visit Michele Knightley’s exhibition Banksias and Beyond, and learn many fun and easy ways to make art inspired by nature.

Workshop 1: Sonic Explorers Remote Sensing Soundscapes
Tuedsay 9 January
9.30 - 11.30am (2hrs) Age: 8 to 17
Workshop 2: Sonic Explorers Record the World
12 - 2pm (2hrs) Age: 8 to 17
Rainforest Discovery Centre Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Listen to the rainforest like you never have before. Sonic Explorers takes children on a journey discovering the world of acoustic ecology through cool technology and exciting science.
Participants will explore rainforest soundscapes from around the world and learn how we can monitor environmental changes through bird song. Dr Leah Barclay will teach children about ‘environmental field recording’ with special microphones that mimic human ears as we explore the rainforest through sound.

Bird Scratchings
Wednesday 10 January
Workshop 1: 9.30 - 11am (1.5hrs) Age: 8 to 12
Workshop 2: 12 - 1.30pm (1.5hrs) Age: 8 to 12
Rainforest Discovery Centre Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Local artist and environmental educator Karen Shaw invites you to come and play with printmaking. Learn the techniques of dry point etching and create an original print of one of our unique, local, rainforest birds. Participants will explore the key features of each bird and a simple printmaking process by etching onto plastic. Participants will take home a finished print suitable for framing and their etching plate to use again.

Be a Satin Bowerbird
Thursday 11 January
Workshop 1: 9 - 10.30am (1.5hrs) Age: 6 to 17
Workshop 2: 11.30 - 1pm (1.5hrs) Age: 6 to 17
Rainforest Discovery Centre Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Celebrated, local artist Miles Allen invites you to take a closer look at the forest floor and marvel at the majestic bower of the Satin Bowerbird. Come along to this natural sculpture workshop where we learn about this special, native bird then construct and decorate a bower of our own. Participants will gain an appreciation of the complexity and dexterity involved in making a bower, and create an ephemeral bower ‘village’ to be enjoyed by visitors to the Reserve.

Birds Storytelling
Friday 12 January
Workshop 1: 9.30 - 11am (1.5hrs) Age: 4 to 12
Workshop 2: 12 - 1.30pm (1.5hrs) Age: 4 to 12
Rainforest Discovery Centre Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Award winning author, artist and musician Gregg Dreise (Kamilaroi and Yuwalayaay descendent) will take children on a journey to his childhood bush environments to share storytelling.
Don’t miss out on this adventurous workshop interwoven with music, fun, daggy jokes and most importantly a good yarn. After exploring Gregg’s books such as Silly Bird, Kookoo Kookaburra and Mad Magpie, children will make their own bird creations to take home using ochre and feathers.


Parrot Party - Soft Sculpture
Tuesday 16 January
9.30 - 11.00am (1.5hrs) Age: 6 to 12
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Create a plastic softie of your favourite parrot using plastic discards.
Explore soft sculpture techniques with visiting environmental artist Nadine Schmoll, then bring your bird to life with paint. Learn how to identify Australian parrots and apply this knowledge to personalise your creation.


Feathered Friends - Sculptural Assemblage
Tuesday 16 January
12 - 1.30pm (1.5hrs) Age: 6 to 12
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Sculptural assemblage is a fun artistic technique that uses three-dimensional elements to create non-traditional sculpture. Environmental artist Nadine Schmoll will guide you through the process of experimenting with everyday waste materials such as plastic to create a portrait of your favourite bird.


Bush Birds
Wednesday 17 January
9.30 - 10.30am (1hr) Age: 4+
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Join Carly Garner from Natureweavers in this crafty workshop for younger children. Children will work with straw and yarn to make their very own bush bird in À ight. Learn how to form a birds’ body, wings and features to make one-of-kind bush birds, and bring them to life with your imagination.

 

Arts and Ecology Centre :
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha
07 5459 2702
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