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.

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