Zart Conference 2022 offers two days of practical and inspiring online professional learning for art educators.

Each day begins with an Acknowledgment of Country by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di Kerr and introduction by host Shelley Ware. After this, the featured Keynote Speaker Session will take place. Take a short break, then join a Practical Session for the afternoon.

There are five practical sessions to choose from each day, to be selected when booking. Each session comes with a Materials Kit which allows you to participate in real-time with your artist. Also included are downloadable resources written by Mariah Calman – so you can take the Conference back to the Classroom.

Once the practical session concludes, sit back and choose from one of the two incredible Keynote Educators to round off your day.

Day 1 – September 12

TANIA Di BERARDINO | Draw and Stitch

Sep 12, 12:00pm-1:30pm

In this workshop we will be creating ‘Art ‘from the EVERYDAY; explore and look at what we find in front of us every day, your breakfast table, your workstation, kitchen, classroom.

JUZ KITSON | Expressions In Clay

Sep 12, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Gain a strong foundation in practical skills, technical knowledge and contemporary ceramics practices. During the workshop participants will be guided to create a personalised collection of works.

KIM LEUTWYLER | Self Abstraction

Sep 12, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Participants will tap into their inner palette to create an abstracted portrait, and will focus on abstract painting, creating surface, energy of colours, gestural mark-making and various painting tools and techniques.

DAWN TAN | Creative Watercolouring

Sep 12, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Participants will learn about watercolours, the nitty gritty of the medium itself, as well as some easy-peasy tricks when painting. We’ll then look at our favourite packaged snacks and create a fun and exciting piece.


Sep 12, 12:00pm-1:30pm

In this workshop you will learn a number of craft techniques such as stitching, stuffing and using wire to shape soft forms to create your own life-sized sculptures. The humble Vegemite jar and prawn will be recreated in felt as 3D objects in this fun and very hands on workshop.

Day 2 – September 13

GEMMA O'BRIEN | Paint Your Pronouns

Sep 13, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Words have power, especially when it comes to expressing your identity. In this workshop participants will bring their pronouns to life with lettering, colour, scale and pattern.

WENDY MURRAY | Documenting The Dérive

Sep 13, 12:00pm-1:30pm

During this workshop, artists will create their own drawing, in the style and spirit of Murray’s Daily drawing series. You will follow Murray on a dérive through a section of the city – seeing it through the eyes of the artist.

NATALIE RYAN | Sculpting Stingrays

Sep 13, 12:00pm-1:30pm

During this workshop participants will learn a range of sculpting skills whilst making a stingray. Using reference imagery, participants will work with air dry clay to create their sculptures.

MYLYN NGUYEN | Miniature Garden Shed

Sep 13, 12:00pm-1:30pm

In this workshop, participants will create a miniature garden shed. The focus is on the fundamentals of making miniature scale paper buildings; creating texture, cutting and gluing techniques.


Sep 13, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Gain a deeper insight into Kyra's diverse and evolving artistic practice, as you are expertly guided to create your own woven artwork.

Day 1 – September 12

Keynote | JULIE RRAP

Sep 12, 09:30am-11:00am

Tracking through her early major works, Julie Rrap will take the audience on her career journey as one of Australia's major contemporary artists for over 35 years. to Art… Rrap will discuss her current work and projects and how women bring new imaginations to Art…freshening up perceptions of art history, reinvigorating, rewriting and reestablishing the story of Art.


Sep 12, 2:00pm-3:00pm

My goal is to share with you ways to be your very best art teacherin' self for your students, whether you are on a cart, virtual or in the classroom.

Day 2 – September 13

Keynote | PANEL

Sep 13, 9:30am-11:00am

Join artist, author and podcast presenter Tai Snaith as she discusses the work and lives of some of Australia's most impressive young leading contemporary Women artists.

Educator | CINDY FOLEY

Sep 13, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Creativity, Change and The Radical Imagination. Art’s critical value is to develop learners that think like Artists which means learners who are creative, curious, that seek questions, develop ideas, and play.


Sep 13, 2:00pm-3:00pm

We believe in creating pathways to art through experiences that connect with learners’ own stories and ideas, inviting audiences to come together and see our world in new ways through the sharing of perspectives