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Term 4 Program 2013

September 6, 2013

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 4 Program.  It’s bursting at the seams this year! Lots of visual art and literacy and a great big BMHEN Market Day coming our way! Living Learning’s workshops are held at the Mid Mountains Community Centre in Lawson and run from 11am-12 on Tuesday mornings (unless stated otherwise) with time to connect and play afterwards. Everyone is welcome to come along at lunchtime for a catch up whether or not they attend the workshop. Our sessions often book out so book as early as you can to ensure your place. For all bookings and queries contact Julie at

Living Learning workshops are Home Education Association Inc. Events

8th & 15th of October – Learn how to write your own novel in a month! An introduction to Nanowrimo

Every November hundreds and thousands of people of all ages from around the world dive into novel writing.  Nanowrimo, originally short for National Novel Writing Month, has become an international event.  My son and I have taken part over the last two years and can’t wait to participate again this year.  October is a great time to prepare the foundations of a novel and in this 2 week workshop series we will explore the basics of creating a story (character, plot, dialogue, and setting) using activities based on the  Nanowrimo Young Writers Program  Workbook.  A printed copy of the full (“100% Awesome NON-LAME”) workbook will be provided to all participants.  These workshops will be suitable for all levels of writing ability, as we will use discussion and drawings to workshop our ideas and map out our plan.  We will be ready to write (or dictate) novels in November should we choose to take up the challenge! Living Learning will donate  proceeds to The Office of Letters and Light, the “tiny but mighty” non profit organisation responsible for this exciting event.  For more information on Nanowrimo and their Young Writers Program you can visit their websites here: and here:

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Cost: for the 2 week series $27 HEA members, $30 non members (includes workbook).  To book please email Julie at  Payments will be due by the 24th of September.

What to bring: coloured pencils and a sense of fun (essential).  One of your favourite novels to show and tell what you love about it (optional).

22nd October – Artist Trading Cards with Louise Kirby from River Girl Art

Come along and create awesome mini works of art!

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Artist Trading Cards or ATC’s as they are known are really fun creative little art works that you can make for yourself or make to trade with others.

There is a whole world of ATC traders out there, a quick search online will bring up many examples and many swaps people are organizing and have participated in. Swaps are often set up on a theme like – winter, stars or animals with everyone making a set number of cards and them swapping them amongst each other and eventually you build a collection of lovely handmade cards.

ATC’s can be made from anything the only rule is they need to fairly flat and they need to measure 64 mm × 89 mm ( 2+1⁄2 by 3+1⁄2 inches)

In this workshop we will be using recycled cereal boxes to create a variety of cards some of the techniques we will do are – collage, painting, oil pastels, doodling and folding interactive cards.

All materials will be supplied and kids just need old clothes or a painting shirt, younger kids might need help with cutting.

Some useful information about ATC’s

About Louise

Louise Kirby is a mixed media artist focused primarily on works on canvas and intricately decorated handmade journals.

Living in the verdant coastal region of northern New South Wales, Australia, Louise draws inspiration from nature and her beloved Clarence River, as reflected in her frequent use of cool  watery colours.  A deep gratitude for all life offers her, the loving kindness she extends to nature and all living creatures and her honouring of the Divine Feminine are expressed through her art.
Louise also brings the therapeutic power of art to local and online communities by gently and professionally encouraging and nurturing the creativity of others.  She teaches at  the Grafton Art Club, Clarence Valley Council’s ‘Out of the box’ program , Simply Crafts, Yamba and online at One Little House.  Louise’s work has been exhibited at the Grafton Regional Gallery, the Jacaranda Art Exhibition, the Lower Clarence Art and Craft Exhibition and the Bentley Art Prize. 

Louise works playfully and intuitively, creating luscious and soothing works. She loves to share her enthusiasm and joy in creating. You can visit Louise’s website here:

Cost: $18 for HEA members, $21 for non members. Payments will be due 8th of October.

Just a reminder as well that Louise is also running a Koi fish Drawing workshop for children on the 24th of October, and a bookmaking workshop for teenagers and adults, on the 23rd of October, both at Wild Valley Art Park.  Email if you are interested in attending any of these events with this talented visiting artist.

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29th October – Blue Mountains Home Education Network Annual Market Day!

Come and celebrate National Home Ed Week with your local home ed community. There is plenty to see and do including free workshops in drama, music and art; circus activities; Art and Projects Exhibition; live music; a kids open mic session; loads of handmade goodies and preloved home ed resources; Home Ed support and info; and more.  The market day will run from 11am-2pm

BMHEN has got preparations underway but would love some more hands on deck.  If you are able to help out in anyway please email to let us know.  Thank you so much.

And finally, if you would like a space for a stall to sell on your home ed materials or handmade crafts you can talk to Ria on

Looking forward to sharing in another wonderful Market day with you all!

5th November – 17th December

For the last 7 weeks of term we will have a Literature through Drama series running for 7-11 yrs; as well as an Art and Environments series for 4-6 year olds.

Literacy through Drama for 7-11 yrs

with Georgia Adamson

Australian and international research has shown that the use of drama with quality literature is a highly effective way to improve childrens’ critical literacy. Georgia has worked in this area for 5 years through her ongoing association with the School Drama program, run by Sydney Theatre Company in partnership with the University of Sydney.

Using Shaun Tan’s mysterious and evocative text, The Lost Thing, this 7-week workshop series will focus on developing students’ descriptive language. Follow-up activities are provided each week that allow children to process the imaginative, physical and empathic experiences they have in class into written work.

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Running for 7 weeks, the workshops will commence on Tuesday 5th November and conclude on Tuesday 17th December, and will run from 11:15am – 12:15pm.

While it is not a problem if children have read The Lost Thing previously, it is recommended that you don’t re-read this book to them or view the short film before the workshops.

Cost: $88 for the 7 week series for HEA members, $95 for non members.  Please email Julie to book: Payments will be due by the 23rd of October.

Art and Environments – for children 4-6 yrs

with visual art teacher Rachel Hall

Would you like to create fun and exciting artworks about environments both natural and person made? Have you been longing to work collaboratively with other artists?

For a 7 week series ( 5th of November to the 17th of December – 11:15am-12:15pm) 4-6yr old children are invited to come on an Art Tent adventure with Rachel and Julie to discover a world of installation, sculpture, collaboration and exhibition. We will create pieces with clay, we will build an entire city together and we will explore the worlds of animal habitats and the fantasy of fairy habitats. We will conclude with an exhibition and all artists will have an opportunity to discuss their work with their peers.

As with previous Art Tent workshops, handouts with summaries of key ideas and relevant Foundation Statements will be provided. Please ensure your artists are dressed ready to get messy. It can sometimes be very disappointing to have paint stains on our favourite frocks and trousers. KLAs we will cover include Creative Arts, English, HSIE, Design and Tech and Science.

Hurry and book NOW. Places are strictly limited. We are aiming for an intimate and connected learning space.  Workshops will be based in the meeting room opposite the Joy Anderson Hall.

Cost: $72 for the 7 week series for HEA members, $80 for non members.  Payments will be due by the 23rd of October.  Email Julie to book your place:

Enjoy Spring and Summer in the Mountains everyone, look forward to seeing you soon.


Julie x

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Leigh Mckechnie permalink
    September 6, 2013 3:35 am

    Hi Julie-Ann, Please book Lydia in for all activities open to her age group. I think that’s everything except for Georgia’s course as Lydia is not 7.

    Cheers, Leigh

    Sent from my iPhone

    • September 6, 2013 3:44 am

      Sure Leigh, great 🙂 Will send out payment details as each event approaches. Best wishes x

  2. Rach & Cam permalink
    September 8, 2013 8:51 am

    Hi Julie,

    If I haven’t left it too late… can we please book into ALL of term 4 at Living Learning? Art for Maddie and Luka. Novel writing and Trading Cards for Maddie.

    Thanks Julie.

    Rach x

    • September 8, 2013 9:01 am

      Sure Rach, I have your names down, and will send out payment soon. Thanks!
      Julie x

  3. Gail Oakey permalink
    September 9, 2013 12:53 pm

    Can I book Joel, who is 6 onto the Art Tent activity please? It sounds wonderful. Thanks

    • September 9, 2013 8:26 pm

      Sure Gail, Thank you! I have your name down and will send out payment details a little closer to the date..
      Best wishes,

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