Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Back to Basics 2011 - 3rd Workshop Now Available

Due to the popularity of the Back to Basics Workshops we will be running a THIRD series onJanuary 23, 24 and 25th! Call us on 9890 1867 to reserve your place!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

There are only 5 days left to do your holiday shopping at Zart!

Only 8 DAYS until Christmas!!

Have you started your holiday shopping? If not, be sure to stop into our Customer Service Centre and pick up some goodies for artists of all ages BEFORE 1pm December 22nd! If you can't make it in today remember we are open tomorrow from 8:30am - 2pm!

We will be REOPENING January 9th 2012! The Customer Service Centre will be closing at 5pm on Thursday January 12th and 19th.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Zart Education PD Insert Term 1.12

Check out 2012 PD opportunities and reserve your place before the end of the year by contacting us on
(03) 9890 1867 or

Term 1 2012
For more information visit our website:

Don't forget about this amazing deal!

January 2012

"Back to Basics" 2011: Back to Basics 1
9:20am - 3:00pm
Tuesday 17th January, Wednesday 18th January and Thursday 19th January 2012

February 2012

"Back to Basics" 2011: Back to Basics 2
9:20am - 3:00pm
Thursday 2nd February, Friday 3rd February and Saturday 4th February 2012

School Displays – Australian History
9:20am - 3:00pmTuesday, February 14th  2012

Limited Budget Art
4:20 - 7:00pm
Thursday, February 16 at 4:30pm

Thinking Curriculum
9:20am - 3:00pmSaturday, February 18th 2012

Copic Marker Rendering
9:20am - 3:00pmTuesday, February 21st 2012

Art in Letters
9:20am - 3:00pmWednesday, February 22nd 

CRT Easy Art Ideas
4:20 - 7:00pmThursday, February 23rd 2010

Costume Design and Construction for Community Festivals
9:20am - 3:00pmSaturday, February 25th 2012

Ceramic Monsters with Vipoo Srivilasa
9:20am - 3:00pmMonday, February 27th 2012 

Making Connections Between Art- Making and Appreciation
9:20am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 29th 2012

March 2012

London Olympic Games
4:20 - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 1st 2012

Botanic Gardens
9:15am - 3:00pm
Friday, March 2nd 2012

"Back to Basics" Construction
9:20am - 3:00pmSaturday, March 3rd 2012

London Olympic Games
9:20am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 6th 2012

Planning Assessment and Reporting in the Visual Arts
4:20 - 7:00pm

Thursday, March 8th 2012

School Garden Art
9:20am - 3:00pmWednesday, March 14th 2012

Early Learning Painting (repeat)
4:20 - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 15th 2012

Street Art (repeat)
9:20am - 3:00pm
Saturday, March 17th 2012
Recycled Newspaper Masks

9:20am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Print On Clay Workshop – Hodge Inkjet Method
9:20am - 3:00pm
Saturday, March 24th 2012

Observational Drawing
9:20am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 27 2012

CBCA Authors and Illustrators - HAMLET - STAGED ON THE PAGE
5:30 - 8:00pm
Thursday, March 29th 2012

April 2012

London Olympic Games
4:20 - 7:00pm
Thursday, April 19th 2012

London Olympic Games
9:20am - 3:00pm
Monday, April 23rd 2012

May 2012

"Back to Basics" Clay
9:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday, May 5th 2012

"Back to Basics" Textiles
9:20am - 3:00pm
Saturday, May 26th 2012

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Only 22 days until 2012!

It seems like we blinked and November disappeared! Luckily we fit in three workshops, the AEV Conference, and several product presentations! Photos from these events can be viewed on our Facebook page!

Now we are already 9 days into December! Have you started your holiday shopping? If not, be sure to stop into our Customer Service Centre and pick up some goodies for artists of all ages!

Just a reminder we will be CLOSED from December 22nd at 1pm and REOPENING January 9th 2012! The Customer Service Centre will be closing at 5pm on Thursday January 12th and 19th.
The annual DATTA Conference was held Wednesday and Thursday of this week at Ashwood College. Thanks for the opportunity to exhibit and run a workshop again this year. We enjoyed speaking with all the teachers who attended and were VERY impressed with the number of "non-drawers" who attended Tania's Copic Marker workshop and created numerous masterpieces! No need to fret if you missed out on this workshop - Tania is available to visit your school and run staff or student sessions. She will also be running a workshop here at Zart in Term 1. Please contact us for further information 9890 1867.

Last night the 2012 Term 1 Gallery was officially opened by  Rebecca Holmes from Mullauna College (pictured right).  We had a great turn out and appreciate your support at this busy time of year! If you couldn't make it you've got plenty of time to visit the space as it will be up until March!

Wishing you a happy and safe festive season from all of us at Zart. We are looking forward to seeing you in the new year!
We also had the chance to catch up with Kate Thornburn of Camberwell Grammar and present her with her "lucky 100th Facebook fan" book prize! Fiona Astridge was our 125th Fan and has also received a book. Stay tuned to Facebook for more random loyalty giveaways and rewards programs still to come in 2012!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2012 Term 1 Gallery Opening

The 2012 Term 1 Gallery display is now ready for viewing! Students, parents and staff from exhibiting schools are invited to join us Thursday 8 December 2011 for the official opening of the gallery from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Please call 9890 1867 to RSVP.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

From Doodle to Design

Did you know that student that doodled rather than day dreamed remembered 29% more than daydreamers?

"Doodling can aid a person's memory, by expanding just enough energy to keep one from day dreaming" (Andrade, J. (2010), What does doodling do?. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24: 100–106. doi: 10.1002/acp.1561)

Could doodling be the key to keeping your students engaged?

Check out some of our workshop participants creations below and follow the link to our Facebook gallery to see the full album!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Alcove Art Shop - Christmas A'fair

Come join us TONIGHT for the opening of "Christmas A'fair" at the Box Hill Community Art Centre! Support local artists and purchase lovely handmade gifts for your friends and family this holiday season!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How to Make Magiclay Finger Puppets By Lee Martin

Follow the link below to see how Lee Martin has used Zart Magiclay to make finger puppets!
How to make Magiclay Finger Puppets

How have you used our products? Drop us an email and include images and your work might be featured on our blog and Facebook Page!

Sneak Peak of Events in 2012

We are excited to announce that talented artist Vipoo Srivilasa will be running another workshop February 27th 2012! In this hands-on workshop you will creat your own Ceramic Monster. Under the guidance of Vipoo, participants will get a rare opportunity to learn about the techniques he uses to create his decorative creations.

A light lunch will be provided.

Please contact Zart Art (03) 9890 1867 to reserve your place!

The CBCA and Zart Art are also thrilled that Nicki Greenberg will be discuss her extraordinary graphic reinterpretation of Hamlet on Thursday, March 29, 2012 · 5:30pm - 8:00pm! Her book is the joint winner of the CBCA Picture Book Award in 2011and provides new insights into the themes and intentions in Shakespeare's most philosophical play. The evening includes light refreshments, book sales and signing.

Limited to the first 70 respondents. Cost: $30 (CBCA members) or $40 (non members)

Bookings: Phone CBCA on 1300 360 436 or email Bookings are essential so book in early to avoid disappointment.   
Be sure to check the PD section of the 2012 Catalogue to see when different PD opportunites will be offered during the year!

Zart Art Products in the Herald Sun

Did you see our Zart Art Colours and Cardboard Dragons in Sunday's Herald Sun? We did and thought this article presented the perfect opportunity to remind you that MSDS sheets for our products are only a phone call away - call us on (03) 9890 1867! You will also find some of them available as a PDF through a search in our eShop. 
Follow the link below to read the article and let us know what you think! How do you address OHS issues in your artroom?
Safety Regulations taking the fun out of schools


Congratulations to Kirsty Petschel from Mentone Grammar! She won our raffle prize, a set of 300 Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels, by completing an entry form at the AEV Conference! We look forward to seeing how she puts them to use!

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's been a busy week!

Wow! It's almost the third week in November and we've already been so busy!

As mentioned the 2012 Catalogue is now out. If your school hasn't received one yet please let us know. Remember when you are ordering the prices now EXCLUDE GST. We've added many new products to our range including some very useful and already popular Visual Communications books and workbooks!

Our Customer Service Centre has been transformed and several sections have been moved to accommodate new stock and initiatives we are starting up! The Badge Making Machine is up and running and we are having fun experimenting with different materials so we will be able to provide you the best advice during your booked time! The book nook has now moved to a quiet spot at the back of the shop so feel free to get comfy and explore our collection and many new additions!

On Thursday, Tania ran our inaugural Early Childhood/Years Christmas workshop. It was a full house but we all got in the spirit and created yummy sugar plums, sugar plum fairies, felt tress and wreaths, and reindeer all in 2.5 hours!

The AEV Annual Conference was held at Oakleigh South Secondary College on Friday and Saturday. Thanks to everyone who stopped in to say hello, bought a few goodies and entered our raffle to win a set of 300 Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels!The winner will be announced on Monday 14 November 2011.

Thanks to everyone who has "liked" us on Facebook! We will keep this site up to date with the latest news, tips and photos from school, gallery and workshop visits!

Tania is running our last workshop of the year Doodle to Design on November 23rd! There are still spots available so ring up and come join us and end the year on a "Zarty" note!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Badge Making Machine at the Zart Customer Service Centre

Badge Making at Zart
The Badge Making Machine is now available for use in our Customer Service Centre. Simply phone use to book a time and receive your booking number. Select and purchase your choice of badges and accessories and we will have everything ready for you to make your badges/magnets! (Please see page 127 of our new catalogue for options and pricing details!)

Stop into the Centre to see all the experiments we have been working on!

Preparing Your Badges
You will need to bring along all your artwork for each badge/magnet. Completed designs must be on paper only - the Badge Making Machine does not work with cardboard. Use the templates in our catalogue as a guide to prepare your designs.
1. Select your badge size/s
2. Make sure your artwork is slightly larger than the badge/magnet size. Refer to the catalogue to see specific dimensions and how much of the artwork will be wrapped around the back of the badge.

During your Session

When arriving for your session be sure you are on time and have all your artwork ready. We do not offer photocopying services. There are written and visual instructions near the Badge Making Machines to assist you! And of course Laura, Nathan, Joanna and Dee will be on hand to help you out!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The New Catalogue is Here!

Have you checked your mail today? The new catalogue is out! Check out our new products, 2012 PD opportunities and Gallery Snapshots from 2011. Please note we now only list one price listed - which EXCLUDE GST.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Story Forest at the Fitzroy Library

Fleur McArthur recently sent us these images of a project she coordinated with the Fitzroy Library as part of the Term 3 school holiday program.

Through consultation with staff , she devised a "Story Forest" to be created within the library. As the community is very culturally diverse, the symbol of a tree became universal. When creating the forest, staff, children and adults were encouraged to draw, collage, write or illustrate their favourite story, create a new one or simply explore colour and line.

The result was the creation of 18 uniquely themed one metre high. The "Story Forest" has truly come to life within the library, in a vibrant and colourful Artwork.

The trees are currently on permanent display within the library, and were created using Zart Art products.
Thanks for the images Fleur!

Foliage Frenzy from St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

We were very excited to receive these images from Kerry Rider who teaches at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School in Ascot Queensland! Her Year 6 students used the Zart Art papier mache masks as a base for their Foliage Frenzy creations! The modifications made by each student have greatly transformed the masks into unique disguises used in a production. Can you guess which mask they started with? Kerry has informed us that they will be used in a special presentation in Term 2 next year. However we will be lucky enough to feature them in the Term 3 Gallery! We are looking forward to having these incredible pieces and to seeing  Kerry again at our workshops next year! Thanks for sending us your images! It's always exciting to receive artwork from our out of state customers!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October Wrap Up and November Preview

October was a busy month for Zart Art! We started off with our clearance sale during the first week and had our consultants running the 2011 Celebrations workshops all around Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales during the rest of the month. Last week Zart Art and the CBCA held an Authors and Illustrators talk focused on families. Our presenters, Mitch Vane, Anna Walker, Lucia Masciullo and Stephen Michael King gave us very personal insights in to how family plays an important role in their text and illustrations. Thank you to everyone who attended the workshops and clearance sale! There are still more bargains available in our retail centre, but be quick before they are all gone!

If your budget is closing early and you are still undecided how to spend it, Zart can offer you a "Manual Goods Credit" - where your school is billed for a nominated sum and then you have 12 months in which to spend it as you wish.
While all of these wonderful events have been happening our teams have been working behind the scenes to prepare the new 2012 catalogue! Your school should be receiving one soon so keep checking your letter box. The catalogue will now only list one price for goods (excluding GST). The term schedule of workshops has also been included to help you plan for next year.

Just a reminder we have two more workshops to be held in November, the Early Childhood/Years Christmas on the 10th and Doodle to Design on the 23rd!

We are looking forward to the AEV conference on November 11th and 12th and hope to see you there!

November 29th is the last day to visit the Term 4 Gallery as it will be swapped over to the Term 1 display the next day. The opening will be held on Thursday the 8th of December from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Keep checking back for the latest updates and “Like” us on Facebook to stay informed of sales, photos, news, events and workshop opportunities!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Annual Clearance Days and Product Demonstrations

6-8th October 2011 Annual Clearance Days

 Come into the Centre, not only to save $s but see our amazing Student Gallery Term 4 exhibition at the same time. Bring your camera as there are some truly incredible artworks on display.

Zart Art & Craft Clearance 3 Day Sale!
Run outs, end of line, samples, damaged stock - Below cost prices! Plus specials on current floor stock!

Plus door prizes & FREE Product Demonstrations:

Thursday, 6 October, 10am - 12noon

Mosaics (Mandala Art),

Copic Markers (X-press Graph-X),

Ceramics (Northcote Pottery)

Thursday, 6 October, 1pm - 3pm

Glazes (Northcote Pottery),

Coloured Pencils (Faber-Castell)

Friday, 7 October, 10am - 12noon

Mosaics (Mandala Art),

Coloured Pencils (Faber-Castell)

Friday, 7 October, 1pm - 3pm

Screen Printing (Nehoc),

Markers, Crayons & Pencils (Crayola),

Watercolour Paint & Paper (Micador)

Saturday, 8 October, 10am - 12noon

Mosaics (Mandala Art)
Magiclay Creations

Zart Art Customer Service Centre

4/41 Lexton Road, Box Hill North 3129

Thurs: 8.30am - 6.30pm

Fri: 8.30am - 5pm

Sat: 9am - 2pm

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Book Week Hands

In the Book Week 2011 workshops participants were given a packet of paper hands to ask their staff to decorate. Jenny from Upwey Primary School sent me these images. She even asked her grandchild to decorate one for us.
Thanks Jenny for sending me in the images and I look forward to seeing many more forwarded to me in the coming weeks.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

CBCA and Zart Art Presents Authors and Illustrators

CBCA Authors and Illustrators

Zart Art and CBCA invite you to an evening of discussion around books FEATURING FAMILIES, it will be chaired by Suzanne Thwaites, and the speakers are Mitch Vane, Anna Walker, Lucia Masciullo and Stephen Michael King.

Date: Thursday 27th October Time: 5.30pm until 8.00pm Venue: Student Gallery Zart Art N.B. Limited to the first 70 respondents. Cost: $30 (CBCA members) or $40 (non members) Bookings: Phone CBCA on 1300 360 436 or email Bookings are essential so book in early to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mont Albert Primary School Arts Festival

Mont Albert Primary School is proud to announce the forthcoming Arts Festival – “One World, Many Stories.”

This will be a new and exciting opportunity for students to showcase their achievements in the Specialist areas.

The Festival will be held over two nights, due to the number of families attending – with A-K on Tuesday 23rd August

and L-Z on Thursday 25th August from 6 to 8pm.

All students will be exhibiting their art work in an art show and selected students will perform musical, dance, gymnastics and poetry recitals in the school hall and library. The Parent’s Club will be providing a Sausage Sizzle and refreshments on both nights.

There are no tickets required for this event however we do request a gold coin donation upon entry, to partially cover the costs of equipment hire for both nights. A program for the Festival will be available prior to the night and accessible from the school website.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Education Show 2011 - Zart Art Hamper Winner

Congratulations Satoshi Okita Year One teacher at Wheelers Hill Primary School won the $500 hamper of art resources and materials for the school just by visiting the Zart Art stand at the Education Show and filling out a form. How easy was that. Don't forget to visit us at next year's show for your chance to be a winner.
Thank you to all the people who visited us at the show and I hope the resources we were able to give to you will support your teaching in the future.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Education Show at Caulfield Racecourse 5th and 6th August 10am - 4pm

If you are visiting the Education Show on Friday 5th August and Saturday 6th August at Caulfield Racecourse make sure you visit Zart Art on stand 43 and enter our hourly prize draw of fabulous resources. All you have to do is fill out an entry form with your name, school and email address and you get the chance not only to win a resource pack but also go into the draw for the hamper of resources and products.This will be drawn at the end of the show and the winner notified on Monday 8th August.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inkjet Printing on to Clay

Jenny Hodge is having an amazing response to the article on Inkjet Printing on to Clay that is in our Zart Extra this term and on our website – the emails are coming in from teachers all over Australia – Darwin, Tasmania – everywhere. Visit Jenny's new website: We even have a date for the Zart workshop next year which is Saturday 24th March 2012 when Jenny will share her technique with you. Ring Jan on 03 98901867 for further details.
On Jenny's website there is not only the method but even a promo video of students actually printing on the clay.

Indigenous Australian Art

In researching other resources for teachers wanting to teach Indigenous Australian Art I was sent this contact by one of our consultants.

Baluk Arts
Tracey-Lea Smith
Baluk Arts Indigenous Artists of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula
PO Box 4137
Rosebud Vic 3939
Phone 0411171818

Tracey-Lea Smith and one of their Indigenous Directors/artists are available to visit schools to discuss, assist with planning curriculum, cultural appropriateness etc. on a consultancy basis. Their rate for this service is $150hr including GST. They also offer arts workshops to schools for $425 inc GST for three hour session.

They also recommend

Jan Roker

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dreaming with Open Eyes

I attended the opening of Pamela Irving's Dreaming with Open Eyes exhibition at The Light Factory in Eltham and was blown out by the breadth of her talent. The big bold bright colours of her paintings can't help but bring a smile to your face. The quirky titles will make you giggle, so if your day needs brightening up I can highly recommend this exhibition.
I also found this article in The Age that you might be interested in:

Congratulations Pamela, your commitment and passion never fails to amaze me
Jan Roker

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Zart Student Gallery Term Three

The Term Three Student Gallery is up and ready to be viewed. This exhibition will be on display until September 13th. Bring your camera to capture this amazing collection of creative works from students from Prep to VCE. If you cannot make it in to the student gallery visit it online at

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Indigenous Art Forum

Sixty teachers joined in a lively discussion at Zart Art last night. Maybe no concrete answers but a clear message that as teachers we need to research the topic of Indigenous Art before launching into any practical art activities. Thanks must go to Marg Stephens, Ellen Jose, Jane Byrne, Darryl Smith and Max Darby for initiating discussion and sharing with us their insight into teaching and understanding Indigenous Australian culture through the visual arts. The number of teachers attending this forum, in the middle of report writing was testament to the interest this topic holds. We hope this blog will be a venue for continued discussion and sharing of information and links in the future. If you were at the forum or if you would like to share any great links or resources on this topic please do so. I will update this blog with some of the links and organisations mentioned last night.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kids Studio Holiday Program

Kids Studio Holiday Workshop for children aged 5 to 12 years old, accompanied by an adult. Join your child in a fun hour at Zart Art in Box Hill. In this workshop you will create a portrait of dad to give to him on Fathers Day. Imagine his surprise at seeing himself framed in a picture. Book now for Wednesday July 13th from 10am until 11am, ring Mari on 9890 1867 as numbers are limited. Cost $25 for the kit used in the workshop and the workshop is free.

Book Week 2011 One World, Many Stories

Across the Story Bridge - Book Week 2010This week Zart Art launched its series of Book Week workshops in Bairnsdale, Sale, Leongatha and Roxburgh Park. During June, July and August we will be conducting a workshop at a venue near you in Metro Melbourne, country Victoria, Tasmania and at Zart Art in Box Hill. Go to to see what is available. To those who attended the workshop I would love to hear your feedback on the book and the activities completed in your workshop.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pinwheels for Peace 2011

I just came across this website,
and thought it would be a great idea for schools to become involved in on an international scale. Similar to the Spore Project which has been great to see all the Victorian, Tasmanian and Canberra Schools added to the photo gallery of mushrooms Well done to all the schools who have participated.

Dreaming with Open Eyes

An exhibition worth noting in your diary, see this fabulous collection of Pamela Irving originals. Young and old will love her work so definitely worth the trip to Eltham.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Week Information Evening

Join CBCA and Zart Art in August for a discussion on illustrating non fiction books. Four illustrators will share with you the techniques they use. A must for all teachers interested in children's literature. Please phone CBCA on 1300 360 436 to secure your placement. Bookings are essential. Limited to the first 70 respondents.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Zart Student Gallery

The Term Two Student Gallery will be dismantled on June 21st so don't miss out on seeing this collection of inspirational student artworks. The Term Three collection will be ready for viewing on June 23rd and on exhibition until September 13th. Come along with your camera to capture the creative outcomes from students in Primary and Secondary art classes. I would love to hear your comments if you have been in to see the current exhibition.