Christmas Holiday Art Activities for Children – Fantasy Art

A 4 hour fantasy art drawing and painting workshop for children ages 9+

  • 9am – 1pm
  • morning tea will be provided
  • after being taught a range of drawing and painting techniques, inspired by artists Roger Dean and Bobby Chiu, the children will produce a drawing onto A3 cartridge paper or an acrylic painting onto an A3 size canvas, ready to take home and proudly display.
  • all equipment and materials are provided
  • wear old clothes or bring an apron or old t-shirt
  • COST $70.00

A maximum of 8 students in the workshop – bookings are essential and payment upfront is required to secure your child’s place.

Cosy, air conditioned studio and your teacher will be Lesley Smitheringale, BA Honours in Design

This 4 hour workshop will appeal to both boys and girls which will be action packed with oodles of tuition, techniques and inspiration  for your young creative. The students will complete a fantasy artwork which can be either a drawing or a painting.


The same Workshop is being held twice over the Christmas holidays on:

  • Saturday 22 December from 9am – 1pm
  • Friday 11 January from 9am – 1pm

For children ages 9 and up which will be tailored to accommodate the different ages and skill levels of the children attending.

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Here’s what we’ll be covering:-

  • looking at examples of fantasy art, in particular Roger Dean, Bobby Chiu & Brian Froud.
  • drafting out ideas for the characters in the fantasy painting such as aliens, half-human half creature, dinosaurs, mermaids, faeries, gobins, unicorns, dragons etc and how the creatures move – fly, walk, swim etc
  • drafting out ideas for where the characters live such as outer space, volcanic terrain, swamp, rainforest, jungle, ocean etc
  • composition, scale, form and how to achieve distance, focal point
  • painting demonstration of techniques using brushes, sponges etc to create effects, textures such as scales, fur, feathers, metallic, veins, wings etc and how to achieve depth and 3-D realism
  • drawing demonstration of techniques to achieve tones for depth and realism and creating textures as above
  • overview of colours – light, dark, complementary, warm, cool and choosing a colour palette for the artwork
  • the correct way to build up layers in a painting
  • putting all of that together to produce their own fantasy art drawing or painting


Cost includes:

  • all drawing and painting art materials
  • wi-fi is available and it’s a great idea for students to bring a fully charged Ipad, tablet or laptop to research their ideas
  • hand-outs, books and photos for research and ideas
  • morning tea will be provided plus a little Christmas treat
  • varnishing and cord on back of canvases, ready to be taken home and proudly displayed
  • COST $70.00


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What do the children need to bring?

Fantasy Art Workshop for Children in Redlands

  • wear old clothes or bring a big t-shirt or apron to protect their clothes if painting
  • fully charged IPad, Tablet or laptop for researching ideas (not compulsory but soooo helpful)
  • a packed morning tea if on a special diet


Can parents stay during the workshop?

  • sorry there is no room in the studio


What if I have to cancel the Workshop after booking and paying for it?

Sorry, I don’t offer refunds as there is organisation of time slots and materials needing to be purchased in advance

  • firstly see if you can swap it to the other time slot this workshop is being held
  • use it towards some weekly art lessons instead in 2019
  • is there a sibling or friend’s child who could come instead?


Please make sure you have filled out an enrolment form for your child for the appropriate workshop.

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To secure your child’s place in the Workshop payment is required at the time of booking.

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2 Responses

  1. Leonie Iborg
    | Reply

    Hi there,
    Are you running a fantasy Art class over the December school holidays 2018?
    I noticed it was for Easter 2017 on your site but nothing updated.
    It looks amazing and my 12yr old daughter would get a lot out of this workshop.
    I look forward to your reply.
    Kind Regards

    • Lesley S
      | Reply

      Hi Leonie,
      Thanks so much for your interest in the Fantasy Art Workshop. Yes! I do plan on running some 2018 – 2019 Christmas Holiday Workshops including the Fantasy painting. Please check back again in a few of weeks when I finalise the programme. Also make sure to like Engaged in Art Classes on Facebook to keep up-to-date with news and events in the Studio.

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