Arts Up Front


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Saturday 7 May 2022 at Dickson College

Arrival from 8.30am for a 9am sharp start

Coffee and tea available all day and lunch/morning tea provided

Sign in at first workshop and collect your registration pack at that workshop room.

Info desk out the front for any queries etc

Limited capacity in 2022 due to COVID19. 120 participants only. Link for registration will be available here Tuesday 29 March from 8am

This year we will not be able to host a key note presentation, however we will still be holding three workshops throughout the day. Ticket price includes your choice of three workshops, morning tea, lunch, tea, coffee and a limited edition Arts Up Front Showbag.

Conference cost:

Arts Up Front is an accredited PL provider. 5 hours of TQI can be accredited for this conference

Workshop information


Kym Degenhart & Shekiraela Healy from Bom Funk
‘Primary Dance & Cheer’        (Middle/ upper primary focus)

This workshop of Primary Dance and Cheer will provide teachers with short dance routines and class activities ready to take straight into their classrooms. Explore popular styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Contemporary and Cheerleading techniques. Get children excited to participate in dance, even the boys!  Tips provided to help you get the most out of your Primary Dance experiences!

Amy Orman
Musical Theatre Triple Threat     (Upper secondary/ college focus)

Amy relocated back to Australia after living and working as an actor, singer and dancer in New York and Chicago for 13 years. After graduating from The Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre she performed in various musicals, television shows and commercials. Before returning, she was a singer in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring, The Rockettes. Amy has also worked as a director, choreographer and taught students of all ages in many musicals as well vocal & dance classes. 
Join Amy as she delivers some tips for producing successful musicals in schools and participate in a practical workshop incorporating activities to take back to your classroom.

Amy Minchin
Indigenous Contemporary Dance     (All year levels)

Amy Minchin a proud Gamilaori Woman, 2015/2016 Miss NAIDOC winner and 2015 Highly Commended Indigenous Business of the year winner is a 2011 NAISDA Graduate. Amy explores Indigenous Culture through contemporary movement and ways to incorporate this into classroom environments.

Visual Art

Sui Jackson
Creative Papermaking    (Upper Primary/ Secondary focus)

Paper making - primarily reusing old paper from the classroom, but will cover other organic materials, inc. local grasses, and rag. Introduction on pulping, using Deckles and moulds, inclusions, watermarking, and solid sculpting. Hands on workshop which will  see participants leaving with a few sheets of paper they've made themselves, and the skills to implement this exciting process into their own classrooms.

Sarah Richards
Murrawuy Journeys (all year levels)

Founded by contemporary Aboriginal artist Sarah Richards, Marrawuy Journeys has a vision of healing as individuals so that we can heal as a country. Having a creative outlet allowed Sarah to undergo a journey of healing and through Marrawuy Journeys, Sarah creates opportunities for others to experience the same.

This year’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme is ‘Be Brave, Make Change’ and Marrawuy Journeys Be Brave, Make Change workshop provides participants an opportunity to reflect, create and share what this year's NRW theme means to them whilst also contributing to their overall wellbeing.

Tom Campbell
Home-Space Storytelling Cardboard Sculpture (upper primary/ secondary/ college focus)

Home-space Storytelling is a spatial thinking and sculptural communication workshop structured around ideas of familiar locations and home spaces. The workshop involves a series of sculptural thinking and communication exercises designed to connect participants with reflective making around what constitutes a ‘home space’ for them. Storytelling through words and physical objects is a key element of building shared experiences between people and participants will be guided through making a small physical object as a container for their stories about home.

Sally Holliday
Positive Poster Lab (Upper Primary/Secondary/ College focus)

Posters are communication tools that have been used in myriad contexts to promote, provoke and ponder. A poster can be a call to arms to get behind a cause, or provide some helpful reassurance in tough times. Posters impart messages through carefully chosen words (tone of voice) and catch the eye through considered composition (aesthetics). Positive Poster Lab invites you to do some mindful making exploring these concepts. Together we’ll carve-out space in which to play and create, exploring practical tools and techniques to create impactful posters

Ruth Oliphant
Exploring Glass in the Classroom (Secondary focus)

Join glass artist and high school art teacher Ruth Oliphant to discover the possibilities of using glass in a high school art room. This workshop will focus on using existing equipment to create fused and slumped artwork. It will include lessons on how to cut glass, making a fused postcard sample, a kiln schedule to program your school kiln to fuse and slump glass and a list of suppliers to purchase tools and equipment from

Jackie Neill
Join a Canberra Crowd illustrated Community book making project  (all year levels)

Want to involve your school, group, class in a live and authentic literacy/art project that will produce an online book created by a genuine cross section of Canberra Community? The workshop will delve into the details, divulge the background set up process, and give you loads of ideas on how to participate in this project that is hands on, can be put in place immediately, is nice and slow and far reaching and can engage an entire school.


Sammy Moynihan
'Theatre for Social Change'  (secondary)

In this workshop participants will gain insights about creating art in times of conflict.

From playground disputes to global warfare, theatre can be a powerful weapon for social change. Sammy Moynihan has delivered theatre workshops in Palestine, Brazil and diverse communities around Australia. In this workshop, participants will gain insights about using theatre techniques to promote social change, share personal stories and manage disputes. Participants will experience games and exercises that help us understand and overcome the darker sides of life.

Juliet Moody
'Lets Play' Creativity and Story Building through Improvisation (Middle Primary/ lower secondary)

Try your hand at spontaneous story building through improvisation. Packed with activities, games and story starters that can be modified for your class setting, this workshop is focused on adaptable drama tools that any teacher can use. Learn fundamental short and long form improvisation skills, improve confidence, explore creative spontaneity, and develop core acting skills in a fun group session. Start with nothing, risk everything and learn to laugh at yourself along the way. Serious actors need not apply…

Christopher Carol
Kindling the Flame  (Upper secondary/ college focus)

In this participatory workshop, theatremaker Christopher Samuel Carroll will deconstruct his creative process for collaboratively devising theatre. Through active exercises and discussion, he will share experiences of his professional practice as a director, teacher, and mentor to young artists, considering how to set up the conditions for creativity to flourish. Led by the principle that “education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a flame,” this workshop will encourage participants to think about Drama as an educative space for learning-by-doing, in which mistakes are the portals of discovery, and the language of evaluation can shift from the binary of right or wrong, to an empirical approach of “What worked? What didn’t work? And why?”

Media Arts

YWCA Canberra Club house
Painting with Light and AI  (all secondary/ college focus)

Join the YWCA Canberra Youth Engagement Team in exploring the way photo media and artificial intelligence can be used in a classroom to create new kinds of art. Start by exploring NVIDIA Canvas, with AI capable of turning a simple drawing into a fully-fledged landscape. Then use motion photography and lights to paint patterns in the air, captured forever on camera.

Academy of Future Skills, ACT Education Directorate
Education Innovation Exploring the integration of Art and STEM through (Middle primary to Lower secondary focus)

This session explores the links between Art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), providing practical, tried and tested examples of units of work. The Academy of Future Skills Team works to support ACT public school teachers in implementing STEM in their classrooms. Join Amy and Tim from the Academy as they get you making, thinking and creating and sharing practical ways to explore STEAM in the classroom. We will showcase digital technologies, maker projects and delve into the General Capabilities, especially Critical and Creative Thinking, and look at look at the natural relationship between STEM and the Arts.

Justene Taylor Cannon
Filming in the Classroom (Primary and Secondary focus)

Learn how to get your students filming in the classroom in this hands on practical workshop.  Start off by learning the basics of shot composition and the practicalities of how to physically get students filming.  Complete practical filming activities that can be used in your own classroom to get your students filming pieces that are both interesting and well-constructed!  Join in the discussion on technology and ways to overcome the ‘equipment fear’ that often comes with filming.  BYO phone with camera, you are going to need it to create your own 30 second-1 minute piece!


Major Matt O'Keeffe
Getting the best from the Band  (upper primary and secondary/ college focus)

Want to get the most from your band? Drawing on extensive experience as both a freelance musician and as member of the Australian Army band for nearly 20 years, Matt will explore ways in which you can develop your ensembles through teamwork, tonal development and fun. This workshop will closely examine the fundamentals of good ensemble playing and equip participants with some practical tools applicable at every level of music making. Bring your instruments to get involved!

Jarrod Schindler
What does this “Kodaly” label really mean? (All year levels)

Philosophy or pedagogy? Method or mantra? Rigid or responsive? Do Re Mi? What does this “Kodaly” label really mean for music education? This workshop aims to show you how the original mission to avoid cultural catastrophe has changed over time, and how this evolution can be applied in a myriad of educational settings. Take home some practical lesson activities and sequence ideas for your contemporary multi-cultural classroom and understand why “doing music” instead of “learning about music” is more important than ever.

Dan Graetz-
West African Drumming (Upper Primary/Secondary/ College focus)

Join with Dan Graetz from Red Hill School to learn some basic cultural understanding and a rhythmical arrangement on the djembe and dundun drums from West Africa. Dan has 15 years' experience in primary schools teaching drumming and leads the highly successful Wassa Wassa community at Red Hill.  Join Dan for a high energy, collaborative session.

More information about workshops will be posted here closer to the opening of registrations on the 29 March 2022.  Keep an eye on our facebook page for current developments.

Cancellation Policy:
If, after booking, you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place.
Please advise substitutions via email at least 24 hours in advance to ensure correct name tags are available."
The person attending in you place will attend your selected sessions, or may swap to any available session. Email with substitutions.

We know that the world has changed and there is always going to be uncertainty around events in the age of a pandemic, so here is our approach to making this work:

For further information please contact the conference organiser, Renee Newton. or 6142 0480