School Holiday Program

Join us for Tread Lightly this September-October school holidays!

Tread lightly on the earth with the City of Melville Cultural Service’s September-October school holiday program. We’re excited to work with amazing local practitioners and artists to bring you a suite of activities that are sustainable, reflective and minimize impact. 

We want our workshops to reach our community and set aside free places in all paid workshops for low-income earners. Please contact creativeworkshops@melville.wa.gov.au to access one of these places.  

Visible mending with Rose Megirian 

Give a favourite item of clothing new life with visible hand-stitching. Rose Megirian of Many Peaks Assembly will teach timeless hand-stitching and embroidery techniques as she leads you through the process of using visible stitch work to reinvent and reinforce worn out clothing.

Artist bio: Rose Megirian works under the name Many Peaks Assembly, designing and creating unique garments, contemporary jewellery, refined homewares, art works and precious objects. Understanding the most effective way to minimise harm is for all of us to consume less overall, her focus is on creating highly functional, timeless pieces of the highest possible quality. Additionally, attempting to build meaningful or emotional connections between objects and their owners in order to minimise need or want for replacement.

Dates: Friday 1 October and repeated on Saturday 2 October
Venue: Mandoon Helena space, Goolugatup Heathcote
Ages: 12 – 16 year olds
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm
Fee: $20 – all materials supplied but BYO mending

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Booking information: Participants attend this workshop independently without their parents / guardians. Parents will be required to sign participants in and out of the workshop, and complete a child participation consent form prior to attendance. All staff have Working with Children clearance and will supervise children throughout the duration of the workshop. 

To bring with you: 

  • Something to mend
  • Water bottle​
  • Snack / lunch

Paper art party with Sally Bower

Join Sally Bower to create your own collaged masterpiece using recycled papers. Utilising simple paper-cut techniques, Sally will show you how to use shape and colour to create your own dinner-plate or party-time inspired cut out artworks to take home with you.

Artist bio: Sally Bower has a background in fashion and visual arts. Working as an artist for the last ten years, Sally Bower is inspired by humour, perception, and movement. You may know her work from Stackwood markets and workshops, collaborations with Many Peaks Assembly, La Paleta, textiles with Ruby Talbot Dunn or spied an applique jacket around town or a soft sculpture as part of the FAC Animaze exhibition.

Dates: Thursday 7 October
Venue: A H Bracks Library and Creative Space
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm

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Dates: Saturday 9 October
Venue: Mandoon Helena space at Goolugatup Heathcote
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm

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Fee: $15 – all materials included

Booking information: Participants attend this workshop independently without their parents / guardians. Parents will be required to sign participants in and out of the workshop, and complete a child participation consent form prior to attendance. All staff have Working with Children clearance and will supervise children throughout the duration of the workshop.

To bring with you:

  • Water bottle
  • Snack / lunch

Gumnut creations with Ariane Roemmele

Be inspired by the colour in the world around you! Use pens, paint and pattern to create your own gumnut necklace or decorations to take home.  

Artist bio: Ariane Roemmele is an artist, art teacher and workshop facilitator. Nature is one of her inspirations, and making her art in an earth friendly way is the most important way she can care for our planet. She has been fascinated by gum nuts ever since reading Snugglepot and Cuddlepie as a child. 

Dates: Tuesday 28 September and Friday 8 October 2021
Venue: A H Bracks Library and Creative Space 

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Dates: Friday 1 October and Tuesday 5 October 2021
Venue: Bull Creek Library 

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Ages: 5 - 8 year olds
Time: 10.00am-11.00am
Fee: $5 per child – all materials included

Booking information: Children must attend these workshops with an adult but tickets only need to be purchased for children. 

Printing on fabric with natural and found materials

Explore the process of creating your own printed designs using found and natural materials as well as traditional block-printing techniques. Working with artist and maker Bori Benko, participants will explore the world around them to gather ideas, inspiration and printing supplies and then use these in creating one-off prints they can take home. 

Artist bio: In her 30 years of art practice Bori has explored many art forms — printing and painting technics, photography and film. Across the wide span of practice and media, Bori's art has always been an instrument of introspection and creative transformation. Alongside her artistic practice, she created her brand, Bori Benkő, comprising of various one of a kind and limited edition series of clothing, accessories and homewares with materials that she had woven, coutured and dyed with natural dyes.   

Date: Monday 4 October 2021
Venue: Goolugatup Heathcote

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Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021
Venue: A H Bracks Library and Creative Space 

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Ages: 8 – 12 year olds
Time: 10.00am-1.00pm
Fee: $25 – all materials included

Booking information: Participants attend this workshop independently without their parents / guardians. Parents will be required to sign participants in and out of the workshop, and complete a child participation consent form prior to attendance. All staff have Working with Children clearance and will supervise children throughout the duration of the workshop. 

To bring with you: 

  • Water bottle
  • Snack / lunch

Writing from the heart with Raewyn Caisley

How do you find your own unique voice? Inspired by Raewyn Caisley’s book Rocky and Louie, explore ideas of place and belonging to country and develop authentic writing skills that facilitate truth telling and writing from the heart.

Artist bio: Raewyn Caisley was born in New Zealand but has lived in Australia, in Fremantle, WA, for more than half her life, with her husband Terry and their son Jack. Raewyn is the author of books for younger readers that include bestselling Aussie Bites and Nibbles titles, and the picture books Hello From Nowhere and Something Wonderful. Hello From Nowhere won the 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Australia and New Zealand, was shortlisted for the 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards and the WA Premier’s Book Awards, and was a CBCA Notable Book in 2015. Something Wonderful was short-listed for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for children’s Literature, won the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia book of the Year Award, and was a 2017 CBCA Notable Book.

Dates: Wednesday 29 September
Venue: A H Bracks Library and Creative Space

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Dates: Wednesday 6 October
Venue: Civic Square Library

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Ages: 8 – 12 year olds
Time: 10.00am-11.30am
Fee: $15

Booking information: Participants attend this workshop independently without their parents / guardians. Parents will be required to sign participants in and out of the workshop, and complete a child participation consent form prior to attendance. All staff have Working with Children clearance and will supervise children throughout the duration of the workshop. 

To bring with you: 

  • Water bottle
  • Snack / lunch

Storytelling with Alton Walley

Join Alton Walley for interactive storytelling sessions based on Dreamtime Stories from the Noongar people. Learn about elements of Noongar culture, and engage children's imaginations through the use of traditional storytelling, instruments and artefacts.

Artist bio: Alton Walley is a Whadjuk, Wilman, Kaneang Nyoongar man from the South-West of Western Australia. Alton has been heavily immersed in his culture since he was a young boy, being fortunate enough to have access to, and engage with, a wealth of knowledgeable cultural figures. He has been dancing and playing music with the Middar dance group since he could walk, performing locally, nationally and internationally.

Alton’s true passions are embedded in his culture and the Arts. This led to him to a Tourism and Australian Indigenous Studies major at Murdoch University whilst working a Cadetship with Kings Park and Botanical Gardens. Alton aims to continue to develop his skills in an array of fields, consulting and penning various projects in the film, television, theatre and creative arts industries. He believes that his strong Nyoongar identity, alongside his passion for cultural representation and education, has guided his journey and aided in his achievements to date.

Date: Saturday 2 October 2021
Venue: A H Bracks Library + Creative Space

Date: Monday 4 October 2021
Venue: Bull Creek Library 

Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021
Venue: Civic Square Library 

Date: Thursday 7 October 2021
Venue: Willagee Library 

Ages: Children and families 
Time: 10.00am-10.30am 
Fee: These are free events with no booking required

Other school holiday activities at the libraries

Lego Challenge

Join in the Lego challenge and build a nature, animal or environment themed creation. 

Have your creation photographed for a chance to win!

Two prize group categories: 5 - 7 year olds and 8 - 12 year olds

Our Lego Challenge competition is subject to Terms and Conditions.

Sessions held at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, Bull Creek Library, Civic Square Library and Willagee Library.

Free events but bookings essential.

Reserve place/s at September sessions

Reserve place/s at October sessions

Brilliant Bookmarks

Personalise your reading experience these school holidays, craft and create a variety of bookmarks. 

Venue: AH Bracks Library + Creative Space
Date: Thursday 30 September 2021
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Free events but booking essential

Ages 5-8:  Reserve place/s

Ages 9-12:  Reserve place/s

Clay Candle Making

Create multi-coloured clay candles and decorate a jar to match.

Venue: Bull Creek Library
Date: Thursday 7 October 2021
Time: 10.00am-11.00am

Ages: 5-12

Free event but bookings essential

 Reserve place/s

Easel Art

Create a tiny work of Art

Venue: Civic Square Library
Date: Wednesday 29 September 2021
Time: 10.30am-11.30am

Ages: 5-8

Free events but booking essential

Reserve place/s

Folding Book Art

These books are not just for reading. Fold these books to create a wonderful piece of art. 

Venue: Willagee Library
Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021
Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm

Ages: 5-14

Free event but bookings essential

Reserve place/s

Teddy Bears Picnic

Grab your favourite teddy bear and join us for a special Teddy Bears Picnic Storytime, with lots of singing and dancing guaranteed.

This Storytime session will be held outside, weather permitting, so you and teddy will need a hat!

Venue: Civic Square Library
Date: Monday 4 October 2021
Time: 10.30am-11.30am

Ages: 2-5

Free event but bookings essential.

Reserve place/s

School Holiday Activity at Wireless Hill Museum

Flora Fabric Bag Printing for Kids!

Have fun with artist Kaitlyn Elsegood making prints on calico bags using natural bush materials.

Venue: Wireless Hill Museum, Telefunken Drive, Ardross
Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm

Ages: 7-12

Cost: $10.00 per child, bookings essential

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