Two women looking at a sculpture made from recycled wood and wool.
National Art School
2 March, 9.30am – 4.30pm


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Learn all about the ‘readymade’ to transform ordinary and discarded materials and objects to create your artworks. Incorporate simple construction techniques to reimagine these materials and objects for a new aesthetic or functional purpose. Get creative with materials, meet new people and problem-solve to design new images and objects!

Tailored for teachers across all subject areas, take up the challenge to reduce the impact on the natural environment to transform everyday objects into creative new assemblages and sculptures. Learn how to construct assemblages and sculptures from a range of found and recycled objects, transform everyday materials into unique artworks.

The readymade, found or discarded object inspires artists to rework, reinterpret and reuse materials that are thrown away. Learn how to utilise the tools and construction techniques required to fabricate new artistic forms and concepts, adding layers of metaphoric or literal meaning. With demonstrations and exercises you will learn safe handling and work practices for cutting, shaping and connecting different objects. Start collecting your own cache of objects of various shapes and sizes, including discarded plastics, fabrics, wood, metal, wire, containers and second-hand items such as toys, appliances, clothing and jewellery.

Take up the challenge to interrupt the waste cycle by reusing old objects; reduce the impact on the natural environment as you realise your vision in thought-provoking, creative ways.

The National Art School is one of the leading visual arts tertiary institutions in Australia. Within the grounds of the historic Darlinghurst Gaol, you’re invited to access the world of art and design through a series of practical art making workshops.

Completing this workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 4.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Image courtesy of The National Art School