Madame Werewolf’s Halloween Spooktacular 2023

This year we hosted a Halloween spooktacular to coincide with our regular Tuesday afternoon kids’ art classes.  Hosted by the indominable Madame Werewolf and her trusty assistant Pumpkin Head and a few other skeletons and witches that emerged from the shadows for the party!     A hoard of little monsters arrived at dusk, and […]

Anime Soul – Art Exhibition and Anime Workshop

Art Mania Studio was very lucky to be asked to be a part of the City of Newcastle Count Us In festival for 2023. Count Us In is an annual festival celebrating accessible arts in Newcastle, which this year included events such as inclusive sports days, professional training days, wetlands tours, discos, ghost tours, game […]

Music & people flourish at Art Mania

Music creates special moments Sometimes there are golden moments in the Art Mania Studio. Impromptu, out of nowhere, perfect moments that tell us that we are on to something really special. At work if you can’t find Gino Palmieri teaching one of his painting and drawing classes, you’ll often find him strumming on a guitar […]

Celebrating our Indigenous community at Art Mania Studios

Indigenous art by Mungi

  FEATURING Charmaine Lehman, Gini Mac, Mungi Lock, and Sandy Lee.  To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023, we spent the last few weeks encouraging the Indigenous artists within our community to speak up and share their stories with us.   Our staff member Jade had the great privilege of meeting our artists one on one to chat, hearing and documenting stories of pride, […]

Dive into Sculptural Mosaics

When we think of mosaics, we often imagine those beautiful patterns on walls and floors. But did you know there’s a whole other dimension to mosaics? I’m talking about sculptural mosaics! These incredible artworks bring together sculpture and mosaic techniques to create mind-blowing three-dimensional masterpieces. What is sculptural mosaics? Picture this: sculpture and mosaic art […]

Tips for painting in summer

Struggling with painting in the hot weather? There are a number of things you can do to mitigate the effects of the heat when painting. Check out our expert tips below. Watercolour Painting Use a spray bottle In hot conditions your paper will dry faster than you think. Use a spray bottle of water on […]

Chew on that!

This week we had the pleasure of hosting a presentation in our ceramic studio with the exceptionally talented Coren Cranfield. Coren was completing their Big Picture project at Art Mania Studio under the mentorship of Melissa Davis and Jade Perry Hull.     Coren was able to immerse in this cross disciplinary, project based learning […]

Van Gogh Alive Exhibition

As spring weather visited Newcastle, some of us here at Art Mania celebrated with a little outing to the Van Gogh Alive exhibition at Foreshore Park. We enjoyed some social time and got inspired by the artworks and multimedia experiences. Of course I had to dress for the occasion! The exhibition was being held inside […]

Refractions: Diversity From Within

 Thank you so much to all those who came along for a fun afternoon with us, on Sunday 14th August, to celebrate the launch of our exhibition at Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture titled ‘Refractions: Diversity Within’. Our amazing artists (pictured above David, Fee, Andrew, Lara, Gini, Geoff, Opaque, Absent: Indi). Each artist […]

Making & Music: Psychedelic Fun!

The winning combination of music and art was on full show last weekend at the first of our Making and Music sessions, created and run by our amazing teacher Jade Perry. Each session explores a different musical and artistic genre, and this session was all about Woodstock era music and its close companion, psychedelic art! […]