Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Just Getting into the Swing of Things....

....and the term will be over 15 Days!!

January and February were gone in a blink of an eye as Zart was a hive of activity!

The Back to Basics workshops were held three times this summer and new and returning art teachers worked with Ann Bidstrup and Dee Zabel to power through the basic skills and techniques needed in the artroom. Teachers left exhausted but more confident in tackling the artroom and curriculum! There are still several other Back to Basics workshops scheduled in Term 1 and 2 focusing on Construction, Clay and Textiles. There is still room in many of our PD opportunities left for Term 1.  Please see our website for more information.

February is our busiest time of year filling orders and serving customers in the retail centre. It was great to see the continued support of our returning customers and exciting to have so many new customers interested in our PBL range as well!

The Free Product and Ideas Presentations are wrapping up next week. If you missed out on these make sure to check the Zart Extra at the start of 2014 for more information. See the winners of our free half day workshops in the next Zart Extra, these names were drawn from the 200 attendees who we met at these sessions this year.

Pamela Conder ran a very special workshop at the end of February in hopes of raising awareness of orangutan conservation.  Participants raved about this unique opportunity to share in Pamela's passion for these creatures and her artistic expertise. They left with a collection of ideas of how to incorporate activites  into the curriculum in their schools' and encourage awareness of conservation and protection of orangutans.  To read more follow this link to Pamela's article in the Term 1 2013 Extra.

In association with Earth 4 Orangutans and Pamela Conder, Zart would like to invite primary and secondary school students to create works of art in all media, giving their interpretations of orangutans and how they live. Selected work will be exhibited online and the project will culminate with an exhibition "Different Like Us" to be held in June 2013 at  Zart's Gallery in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia. On the 20th of June student artists, parents, and friends will be invited to the opening of the exhibition where students will be invited to offer their work for sale to support Earth 4 Orangutans, a project to create protected accommodation within a wild setting for Sumatran orangutans which will be the nucleus of a Conservation Education Centre in northern Sumatra. All work is to be submitted via email to jan@zartart.com.au before 1st June 2013. We hope you will join us in supporting this worthwhile cause. For more information please email jan@zartart.com.au

This week starts the 2013 Authours and Illustrators Series brought to you by the CBCA and Zart. There are still places availlable for this talk so please make sure to register with the CBCA!