Artist in residence

James Parker's Workshops

James has considerable experience in running workshops for school age children. His workshops are interesting and exciting and will add to your school arts curriculum.

The aim of each workshop is to enhance awareness of various art forms and to develop skills in the use of art techniques and materials.

Focus of the workshops is to encourage thinking outside the box, investigation and exploration, enjoyment, technical procedures, safe use of materials and experimental use of materials.

James believes that the process of creating is as important as the finished product.

Will travel to remote and rural locations.

NEW Workshop series for 2019

I have developed a new Diorama lesson with a 2-prong attack.

1, Learning skills in regard to foreground, midground and background and how to use them in both a practical and a design sense.

2, Construction techniques, take your classes dioramas to the next level using 3d and 2d elements. Build 3d trees, characters, with a huge variety of interesting materials. All boxes custom made the same size, strong able to be painted and glued without falling apart.

Diorama project can be used with any theme.

Developed using only images drawn by the children and painted by the school community, James does not include any of his art within the murals.

> Gallery style. (Interior only) This mural includes art history lesson appropriate to any grade.
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> Exterior

Chimera logic is an imaginative drawing game and construction project.
Drawing; using various medium; graphite, crayon, ink, pencil, Posca pens, dirt and fingers, pigments.

Also, James' studio is now set up for one off art classes limited to 4 participants. Adults and children.

For all enquiries please ring 0404 064 602



James in London receiving the Drawing Inspiration Award awarded by Campaign for DrawingJames in London receiving the 2011 Drawing Inspiration Award awarded by Campaign for Drawing. James was one of the artisits involved in Carclew's The Big Journal – Big Draw project.
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James also was awarded the 2012 Art and education ministers award for an Artist in Residence.
"Awarded to an Artist with demonstrated success in working with teachers and students in Department schools..."
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  • This workshop sits well as an activity during literacy week and book week. It involves the students learning about the history of artist’s books, the various styles of books, and the creation of their own books.
  • There are different styles for the different ages of the students:
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      Junior Primary - Small concertina and pop up books built around a template of your choice, e.g. Books have been made to look like, hairy nosed wombats, spaceships, penguins, dragons, motor cars, comets, the three little pigs, drums. The pages open up on these books to become roads, tongues, flames, exhausts.
    • Primary - These books are a little more complex, there are origami books; we learn Chinese and Japanese style stitching of the spine, large format screen and concertina books, poetry anthologies, as well as the template books


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    Junior Primary - We look at library books made of collage such as Eric Carle. Students make collages of a still life that is brought into the classroom, James teaches them to really look at what is in front of them. He shows them how to draw with scissors, and how to layer a picture.
  • Primary - Students look at the history of collage and of its cousins, montage and assemblage.
    Students are shown how to draw with scissors and how to use the suitcase of collage material that James brings along.
    They learn how to think of pictures as purely colour and texture. The students have a group exercise in three dimensional assemblages where they have to work within time and theme constraints.
    Students explore scale, texture, colour and narrative.
  • High school - Students learn about artists that have used the technique.
    They learn the basic technique and then go on to experiment with variations on the theme such as multi-layering, transparencies, combining with bookmaking and experimental materials
    More in depth use of assemblage.
  • These workshops work better over a longer period to get the full benefit of the medium.



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    James has professional experience in a wide variety of printmaking methods. He can offer print making lessons using his new traveling press. This press prints to A3 size and will accommodate relief, etching, monotyping and dry point print-making techniques.
  • MONOPRINTING - The most versatile printmaking experience for your students.
    • Non toxic and water-based inks are used.
    • All ages of students can achieve exciting and quality works.
    • It is inexpensive to set up.
    • Can be done in a 1 hour lesson (though longer is better
  • DRY POINT - A technique for older students that requires more time.
    • An inexpensive technique.
    • Uses oil based etching inks.
    • Students create a professional style print on a small scale.
    • Students learn about intaglio printmaking techniques.
    • James incorporates a short history of printmaking and brings along an extensive collection of examples.



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  • This workshop is generally themed and constructed to the school's needs and linked to any of the above workshops. Prints are used as a part of the finished product.
    Workshop includes Books as sculpture and Three dimensional collage.
  • Children learn about:
    • Materials
    • Tools
    • Safety
    • Site planning and preparation
    • Design
    • History
    • Found object sculpture
  • DIORAMAS - these are not just shoe boxes and cellophane. James uses, plaster to create landscapes, teaches the children how to construct miniature props, trees, water effects, and how to wire up electric lighting (9 volt) in the spaces. The dioramas can be themed to any classroom project.



  • Students learn 3D set construction for claymation animation.
  • Workshops teach students:
    • How to make props and sets out of everyday objects.
    • Construction of rocks, trees and hills etc
    • Water effects, lighting effects and rigging.

All of which are easy to achieve.


What happens in a Workshop?

• Introduction
• Brief historical background of art form and reference to main exponents of mediums
• Sharing examples
• Introduction to safety issues involved
• Introduction to materials
• Demonstration of techniques
• Questions
• Students’ hands on experience of technique
• Clean up
• Debrief and questions


Group sizes?

Maximum 30 students per class
Maximum 3 classes per day, class duration approximately 2 hours

How much does it cost?

Workshops cost $400 per day plus materials (plus travel costs outside of metropolitan area)

Special Programs

James can provide professional development classes for teachers and the wider community. These workshops introduce teachers and parents to a variety of techniques easily adapted to the classroom.


James has recently worked with these schools:

  • Craigmore South P.S.
  • Edenhope College (Victoria)
  • Encounter Bay Lutheran P.S.
  • Goolwa P.S.
  • Kalangdadoo P.S.
  • Nangwarry P.S.
  • Naracoorte Nth P.S.
  • Naracoorte Sth P.S.
  • Magill P.S.
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  • Mary McKillop P.S.
  • Miltaburra A.S.
  • Padthaway P.S.
  • Para Vista Preschool
  • Para Vista Primary School
  • Penola P.S.
  • Uleybury Cluster of Schools
  • Yunta Rural School



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