Saturday Club Term 2 2018

This term we are looking at Musicology and Art and the sessions planned are as below:


Our presenter Iran is writing a thesis about the sound of a Japanese instrument, the koto.  She makes electronic musical instruments that use movement to create sound, and researches the way instruments work. She has played music in Australia, the US and Iran and teaches sound theory, the cultural uses of music, sound in interactive media such as video games. She has been at the University of Adelaide since 2012 and her  personal website is

Saturday May 12th 2-4pm for ages 8-12

Session 1 – In this session we will discuss how sound works, what makes some sounds more musical than others, and how tuning works. We will use daily objects to show musical ideas and talk about where instruments originally come from. This session will help the students understand the relationship between actions and sound, and music and its environment.

Saturday May 26th 2-4pm for ages 8-12

Session 2 – We will show how music has changed over time and its relationship to place. Students will be able to see how instruments from different parts of the world interact, and why classical music sounds the way it does. By the end of the session, the students will be more aware of eras of discovery of music in the world, inventions that changed the music world, and what makes all cultures have music.

Saturday June 16th 2-4pm  for ages 5-8

Session 3 – The students will see how tuning works, and how to make music from anything. They will see that music is everywhere. In this session, we will show the students that the music they hear has a purpose, and they will be able to identify what is happening in the music and why. The students will make a musical instrument from daily objects, and make their own piece of music.

Saturday June 30th 2-4pm  for ages 5-8

Session 4 – In this session, we show the students how to pick the age or the region of a piece of music, and how to see how the ideas of music have changed over the centuries. The students will also be more aware of the different kinds of sounds they hear in their daily life, and how music is inspired by them.

Impressionist Painting Workshops

Presenter Claire Richards illustrates picture books with a colourful watercolours and ink. Her latest book Jack and Mia by Robert Vescio, was created completely on the computer but she still likes to work with messy paints. She loves drawing animals and looking at historical paintings. Claire is a qualified teacher. She has taught art to children and adults for over ten years and encourages each person in their unique style.

Saturday 12th May 2-4pm for ages 5-8

Sketch animals and other moving things!

Sketch movement like the impressionists. Learn a little history and be inspired by the colours they used. Shade shadows and solid shapes to create your own unique picture. Create a tonal sketch and then paint on small piece of timber like the artists in 1888.

Saturday 26th May 2-4pm for ages 5-8

 Paint a pointillist painting!

Learn about the basics of colour theory through mixing colours on the page. Be inspired by pictures by impressionists and paint a big watercolour still life. Use the pointillist technique to show light and texture in your picture.

Saturday 16th June 2-4pm for ages 8-12

Shadows and movement in a landscapes

Sketch movement and light like the impressionists. Look at how they were radical in their painting style and subject choices. Shade shadows, reflections in water and other naturally occurring obscured images. Show movement and action of animals and people with brush strokes and selected details. Finish by painting a landscape on small piece of timber like the artists in 1888.

Saturday 30th June 2-4pm for ages 8-12

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