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After a three-month hiatus between delivering programs and switching to online learning, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) in Ballina has announced the recommencement of the Bright Sparks Creative Kids Art programs at Ignite Studios.

The Art Station School Holiday Art program will be running in the second week of the upcoming school holidays, from Wednesday 15 July to Thursday 16 July, delivering two days of creative arts workshops.

Kids can learn how to paint with Narelle Bretherton or delve into the world of mixed-media collage with Karma Barnes.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the usual holiday program has changed to a single three hour art session from 10am to 1pm each day, with a maximum of 10 participants per session.

On Wednesday 29 July, the Bright Sparks After-School Art program will recommence, focusing on the ‘Art of Nature’ with facilitator Cara MacLeod.

Students will learn about making art with nature and create botanical inks, natural handmade brushes and plant-dyed paper. They will also create artworks from plant rubbings and print with plants.

Classes will be happening every Wednesday from 4pm to 5.30pm, from 29 July to 23 September.

NRCG has worked with the Ballina Shire Council to develop a Covid-19 Safety Plan to comply with all current Public Health Orders outlined by the NSW Government, to ensure the safety of participants who attend workshops at Ignite Studios.

Payment is essential to guarantee a place (all materials are included), and children under 8 will not be allowed due to limited places and to ensure social distancing.

All classes will be held at Ignite Studios, which is next to the gallery at 60 Crane Street, Ballina. You can book online via the NRCG website or phone 6681 0530.

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