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KATIE MCKINNON - the editions

TEENS ART CLUB online with Katie McKinnon | Term Four 2020 Wednesdays 4.15-5.15pm


KATIE MCKINNON - the editions

TEENS ART CLUB online with Katie McKinnon | Term Four 2020 Wednesdays 4.15-5.15pm


A series of weekly art workshops in Term Four 2020, recommended for teens aged 12+, facilitated online by Australian artist Katie McKinnon. The duration of each workshop is 50 minutes.

Start date - 14 October

Workshops 14 October, 21 October, 28 October, 4 November, 11 November, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December, 9 December 

Final workshop for Term Four - 9 December 2020.

Professional artist Katie McKinnon will lead a series of nine fun and inclusive workshops throughout Term Four. Exploring experimental abstract painting techniques, tips and tricks, to create beautiful, intuitive original work.

Art Club members will:

  • Develop their skills painting and sketching on art paper, kraft paper, canvas and linen.
  • Discover the empowering, mood-enhancing magic of a regular personal art practice, keeping a mindful art journal and sketchtaking.
  • Explore and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the Australian natural world.
  • Examine the lives and styles of pioneering, contemporary, abstract artists. 
  • Enjoy Katie's friendly, encouraging, inclusive style of support and mentoring - and have a lot of fun!

The workshop will encourage teens to connect with their creativity. To champion their natural ability and believe they can. To direct their focus to the process and not the outcome. To be present in the simple joy and wonder of painting, establish a sense of pride in achievement, accept the flow and organic nature of painting, the unique skills of ourselves and others and build emotional resilience. To find and develop their own unique style to encourage their ongoing art practice. 

Attendance to each workshop is strictly limited. Term cost for a series of eight 50 minute workshops is $185. Price includes GST, online tuition, and raw linen delivered for the final workshop of the term.

Estimated cost of materials is $60, although most households will already have many of the necessary materials. Materials to be sourced/assembled directly by teens and their parents or carers. A full materials list will be sent to all attendees upon registration. Should you have any questions, please reach out to


Please prepare in advance from this list. Try to make do with materials that are available from your home. Experimenting with new, found materials is fun. It is not important to have every item. One option from each bullet point is necessary. The other items are just suggestions to further your practice.

Australian Art Supplies stores offering delivery services are listed below the materials.

ESSENTIAL MATERIALS (select one option per bullet point)

    A5 or A4 10 sheet Canvas pad AND/OR thick art paper OR a draw and wash pad OR watercolour paper. 
    20 sheets total. 

  • 1 x 300x300mm stretched canvaS
    A range of colours of watercolour or acrylic paint in a tube OR liquid acrylic paint or coloured pigment ink and food colouring. Your own selction of pencils, crayons, oil pastels, Sharpie markers, textas, soft artist pastels that you have a home.
  • Scissors and glue stick. 
  • WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT. In a tube is best OR flowing liquid acrylic OR white pigment ink.
  • Disposable gloves - one box
  • CUPS. Disposable or plastic cups OR glass jars, at least 3. Plus one cup of fresh water.
    Small spray bottle, recycled perfume atomiser or mister, filled with water. Large spray bottles will also work, please set nozzle to a medium-fine/slow mist.
  • Clean kitchen sponge/scourers x 4
  • Paper towels, wet wipes or wet cloths for cleaning
  • Dishwashing detergent and microfibre cloth or face washer.

Whatever items you have from this list, found at home (just a few, not all):
paddle pop stick, wooden skewer, glitter - especially silver, gold and blue shades, salt or salt flakes, clean sand, bottle tops, cling wrap, doilies, fabric scraps or cut up pieces of old clothing, coffee filters, egg poaching bags, empty tea bags and their swing tags, textured paper towel, cupcake wrappers, facial tissue, recycled packaging like coffee lids and soft plastic, bubble wrap, painters masking tape, found objects and leaves, sticks and pebbles from the garden.

If you can, find a visual art diary at home. This can be an old exercise book, scrapbook, notebook, sketchbook, pad of art paper, or printer paper stapled or bound together like a book. Be creative and think sustainably. What can be re-purposed or reused? This will be our MINDFUL ART JOURNAL, and we will use this to prompt an ongoing daily art practice, mindfulness and gratitude.

Prepare your space with a splash mat or drop cloth covering your table, and the floor if necessary. 
It is essential participants protect their hands with kitchen rubber gloves, waterproof garden gloves, or vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves if available (best). Food colour in particular is highly pigmented and will temporarily stain skin.
Wear old clothes that can get a little painty, a big shirt or an apron. Tie long hair back. Please bring an open mind and a growth mindset. Our workshops will focus on the process of intuitive painting over outcomes, trying new things, being gentle with ourselves and others, practicing upcycling and sustainability, being present, really enjoying our creativity and having fun.


Artshed Online 

Melbourne Artists’ Supplies – order by phone and they will arrange delivery to the local Melbourne area. Melbourne 9639 6622  -  Hampton East/Moorabbin 9553 3663  -  Brunswick 9387 1331

Officeworks, Bunnings, Australia Post outlets, larger conventional supermarkets and smaller independent supermarkets also carry art and craft supplies and food colouring. Most offer contactless home delivery services.

Teens should be supervised by a parent or carer during the workshop. Care will be taken by the workshop facilitator to encourage gentle and careful art practice, however art practice can sometimes get a little messy, so please ensure you take the recommended steps to protect your clothing and property.
If your child is unable to attend a scheduled workshop due to illness, or if there are technical difficulties with the broadcast, we will arrange for you to join another workshop.

Please keep noise (music, pets, younger children) in your home to a minimum to ensure all participants can hear the workshop. Workshops are facilitated via ZOOM. Participants should log in 5 minutes prior to the start of the workshop, to ensure their equipment is working, and to connect and chat with Katie and the other workshop participants. Should you have any questions, please reach out anytime to

Learn more about Katie McKinnon, her art and design practice at