Bush Studio

Region: Metropolitan North | Ryde / North Turramurra
Year 3 to 10 students
Local arts program Public schools Visual arts
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Students in Years 3 to 10 are invited to participate in a suite of immersive visual arts programs at Environmental Education Centres. 

    Opportunities to observe, interpret and respond to their immediate environment will inform students’ art making practice across a variety of mediums. 

    The following visual arts opportunities are available:

    Year 3 and 4 visual arts immersion workshop

    Students in Year 3 and 4 are invited to spend the day immersed in, and be inspired by, the unique urban bushland setting at The Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre in this visual arts enrichment program.  They will experience and examine the local natural and man-made objects, patterns and textures to create original artworks that reflect their own experiences and feelings about this juxtaposed environment. Students will view the work of Australian artists who have created in similar environments and spend the day making, creating and learning new visual arts skills. Media used will include drawing, painting, printing, mixed media, textiles and collage. 

    The workshop is delivered by a specialist visual arts teacher and Field of Mars teachers. This full-day workshop is designed to extend participants' skills and artmaking experiences beyond the classroom. Students who display a higher level of engagement in visual arts will benefit from this extended opportunity. 

    Year 7 and 8 visual arts camp

    Bush Studio visual arts camp provides an opportunity for public school students in Years 7 and 8 to be involved in an engaging, challenging and stimulating visual arts program led by an experienced visual arts teacher. 

    The aim of the camp is to provide students an opportunity to observe, interpret and respond to their immediate environment at Ku-ring-gai National Park, Bobbin Head. Students will learn strategies to explore their immediate experience of the landscape to create preliminary works as departure points for resolved studio-based artworks.

    Bushwalking in the Ku-ring-gai National Park will provide exciting opportunities for students to directly observe and visually document the subtle nuances of the natural environment using drawing and mixed media. Students will investigate ways to create sculptural works using natural found objects and use these sculptures to facilitate the making of drawings and monoprints. The program will culminate in an exhibition for families, friends and teachers.

    Year 9 and 10 artist in residence

    Bush Studio: artist in residence is a visual arts camp for students in Year 9 and 10, especially those considering further studies in visual arts. Students will be given the opportunity to work alongside a carefully selected artist to observe, interpret and respond to their immediate environment at Ku-ring-gai National Park, Bobbin Head. 

    2023 artist in residence, Patrick Shirvington, is an accomplished children’s book illustrator and artist. Shirvington’s work investigates his relationship to the natural world through drawing, believing the practice of drawing is fundamental to the cognitive process and to opening doors to the unseen. Working with a variety of mediums, his artmaking looks at the natural world surrounding us, firstly bringing attention to the picture surface, followed by a deeper revelation. 



    Lily Ferres
    Arts Coordination Officer


    Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre
    Field of Mars Reserve
    220 Pittwater Rd
    East Ryde NSW 2113

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    Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre
    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
    Bobbin Head Road Picnic Area
    North Turramurra NSW 2074

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