Children's Art House training by NZ founder, Shona Hammond Boys Feb 2014

by Mark Both

Shona Hammoind Boys with an Opotiki Youth Mural

Shona Hammoind Boys with an Opotiki Youth Mural

What is an Art Club or Art House?
The "ArtHouse" is the heart of the Children’s Art Club educational system. A "house" where the students are able to meet outside of school hours and enjoy freedom of visualized, art based expression that is not available in a structured, formal school class room setting. An environment where the student is free to express their thoughts and feelings through an art brush, paint and paper under the caring supervision of a teacher who supports and nurtures the individual visualization expression, not try and direct an artistic outcome. "Creative Children Ensure Creative Communities "

Why an Art Club ?
Around the world, communities are warming to the idea that children need art and creativity for health and wellbeing and that it is important to growing a thriving community. According to Ms. Hammond-Boys, the impact of a Children's Art Club on the community can be easily seen in the smaller rural sectors whether the work is done in a garage, an old barn or shed. She says "We need all the Art education opportunities we can muster in the community to combat growing cycles of despair expressed by children and youth about being stranded in our societies".

Opotiki Public Youth Art Murals
The establishment of Children's Art Clubs and a Children's Art House in a town can lead to vastly improved community outcomes in cultural vibrancy, community engagement and resilience, as well as artistic competency. This has been proven to be the case in the NZ town of Opotiki where the incidence of youth graffiti and tagging has been reduced from a serious problem in 2006 with dozens of offenders to almost none in 2013. Shona Hammond-Boys was the driving force behind this success. In addition, the town has benefitted by the development of some twenty large scale murals across the town in prime locations. This had led to a civic pride and cultural tourism benefit with paid guided tours available to view the murals (pictured at left) (See
Tablelands Itinerary - Februrary 2014

Tue 4: Public Introductory Meetings - Kuranda Ampitheatre 12-2p / 5.30-7.30p
Wed 5: Individual Meetings by appointment - Kuranda - Old School

Fri 7: Public Introductory Meetings - Mareeba PCYC 12-2p / 6.- 8pm
RSVP required for Catering: or 0408 761 497
Tue 11: Public Introductory Meetings - Ravenshoe Community Centre
12-2pm, 5.30-7.30pm
Wed 12: Individual Meetings by appointment - Ravenshoe Community Centre

Thu 13: Public Introductory Meetings - Atherton Hotel - 12-2pm, 5.30-7.30pm
Fri 14: Individual Meetings by appointment - Atherton Library
RSVP required for catering: or 0400 334 002
Sat 15: Training Day 1 for potential Art Club Teachers/Co-ordinators
- Atherton Hotel Function Room 10am - 4pm
Sun 16: Training Day 2 for Art Club Teachers/Co-ordinators - as above

Registrations for Training Course: or 0400 334 002
Full details at : (see link on home page)
Enquiries to: or 0400 334 002

Participation Free to residents of Tablelands RC and Mareeba SC areas.

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