Small Art Adventures | Term 1

Michelle Day, Small Art

Image: Michelle Day

Small Art Adventures | 5-7 years
In the Sky with Michelle Day

Saturday 10:30am – 12:00pm

22 February – 28 March 2020

Let’s go on a wondrous art adventure high into the sky, through the clouds and beyond. Let’s explore where the aeroplanes zoom and the hot air balloons float. We’ll soar through the sky like eagles and flutter through the trees, creating and inventing real and imagine flying machines and animals. We will use recycled and natural materials and use processes of binding, cutting, moulding, wrapping, painting, drawing, sculpting with wire and soft materials and build 3D forms. We will look closely at insects, birds and machines learning about the mechanics of flight, buoyancy and propulsion. We will create bird collages, wearable art insect wings, whimsical hanging hot air balloon sculptures, recycled sculpture rockets and aeroplanes, a sparkling space installation to fly our rockets through and we will finish the term with a vibrant and celebratory kite to fly high into the sky.

About Michelle Day

Michelle Day

Michelle Day

Michelle Day is an Australian-based sculptor and installation artist. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several prestigious grants. Michelle completed her MFA (by research) at Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Art in 2017 and her Bachelor of Visual Arts at The Australian National University School of Art in 2009 in Textiles and Sculpture. Michelle’s work focuses on the organic world and the wonders of nature – the beautiful and the uncomfortable. She often creates her work from translucent, delicate materials paired with illumination.

Michelle believes in the importance of nurturing the unique imaginations of young creators and fostering learning through play and tactile making. In her workshops, she offers the opportunity to experiment freely, which she believes enriches people’s ability to problem solve, be self-directed and think creatively in all aspects of their life as both children and adults.


Week 1: Bird Collage

Let’s soar through the sky like an eagle or flutter through the trees like a wren. Let’s be inspired by the beauty and colours of birds and learn about the mechanics of how they fly. We will create beautiful bird works on paper through collage and painting and learn about different parts of birds through observation drawing and discussion.

Week 2: Wearable Art Insect Wings

Let’s discover the micro-world of flying insects and look closely at the wings of butterflies, dragonflies and other tiny flying creatures through our magnifying glasses. Through manipulating wire and fabric and using paint, glitter and fibre-tip pens we will create our own beautiful insect wings to wear.

Week 3: Soft Sculpture – Floating forms

This week we will search across the skies for objects that float and learn about how and why they float. We will create wire armatures and clad them with soft materials such as paper and fabric to create soft sculptures of hot air balloons, clouds, blimps and anything we can think of that floats in the air.

Week 4: Recycled Sculpture – Rocket Ships & Aeroplanes

Let’s cut, tape and create with recycled materials and learn about how rocket ships, aeroplanes and helicopters are propelled through the air and through space.

Week 5: Sparkling Space Installation

Let’s go above and beyond the clouds, up, up into the wondrous world of outer space. What’s floating up there? How do objects like planets and stars float and fly in outer space? Let’s learn about planets and our solar system and create a sparkling space Installation for our rocketships to fly through. We will use processes of wrapping, binding, drawing, cutting and painting to create planets, moons, stars and the sun at the centre of our solar system.

Week 6: Kites

We will finish the term creating a glorious, colourful celebratory kite to fly high in the sky. We will use processes of cutting, binding and colouring to create a series of wonderful kites that we can launch into the sky for all the parents to see on our last day.



All materials will be provided.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop. Please indicate your class time preference (10am or 1:30pm) by selecting one of the start dates below. Should you find that your chosen class is full, please add yourself to the waiting list on Eventbrite and you will be contacted if a place becomes available.

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.