Workshops: Primary Upwards

Speaking in Colour offers a range of innovative Aboriginal cultural and art workshops that bring Aboriginal perspectives into the classroom for your students – from primary age and upwards.

Like us to train your staff so they can do the teaching?
We host our own standardised (NESA-approved) workshops where registration is per person – visit our EVENTS page Or we can come to your centre and train your staff there – Visit our Corporate Education page

Like a cultural workshop especially for your little ones?
Please click the ‘get a quote’ button or contact us to discuss your situation. We will respond with a customised proposal and quotation for a workshop that is fun, informative and truly memorable.

Time to move (Aboriginal Dance)

Students get to learn a few dance moves, have their hands painted in ochre and develop an understand of why and how Aboriginal people utalised dance in their everyday.

– 1 presenter

45mins p/session to: Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $550 (includes GST and material’s)

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Interwoven (Aboriginal Weaving)

Students learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving, how, when and why. Students then learn a contemporary weaving technique creating a little keepsake.

– 1 presenter

45mins p/session to: Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $630 (includes GST and material’s)

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Appreciation (Aboriginal Art Appreciation)

Note activities vary depending on the materials selected.

Students learn how to be inspired by traditional aboriginal art to create something contemporary in a culturally appropriate way. Each student creates a little keepsake from the day, all materials are supplied.

-1 presenter

45mins p/session to: Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $630 (includes GST and material’s)

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Possum (Possum Skin Cloaks)

Participants learn about Possum skin Cloaks, their role in society, how they were made and why. Students get to see how a Possum Skin Cloak is made and make a possum skin arm band.

Add: Note: programs are available to make a Possum Skin Cloak.

-1 presenter

45mins p/session to: Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $630 (includes GST and material’s)

To create arm bands, costs is $5-$10 per student depending on size and numbers.

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Elders talks

Where possible the Elder who does these talks, is local to the region where the talk will be held, depending on availability.

Students have the opportunity to listen and learn from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Elder. This is often providing key note addresses, story time or even in a mentoring role.

– 1 presenter

Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, or larger groups on request, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $550 (includes GST)

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Canoe building

Students learn about the traditional practice of canoe building. Right in front of their eyes (over a 3-5hr period depending on the size) a canoe is built from stringy bark over an open flame. Safety precausions are put in place to avoid any issues. This is a mini canoe demonstration. Enquire directly or a full sized canoe.

Note in keeping with traditional lore there are particular times of year and weather conditions which determine the ability to make a canoe.

– 1 presenter

Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, or larger groups on request, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $600 (includes GST and materials)

Additional $500 to keep the canoe

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Artefact making

Students learn about a wide range of artefacts, how they are made, by who and how they are used. Students get an opportunity to touch a selection of items.

– 1 presenter

Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, or larger groups on request, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $550 (includes GST and materials)

Additional $100 to keep the artefact

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Yidaki (Didgeridoo) playing

Students learn about the Yidaki (Didgeridoo), the origin and who would use them. Students have the pportunity to listen for the different sounds and where possible have an opportunity to play (males only).

– 1 presenter

Group size max 25 students per session for min 30mins sessions, or larger groups on request, max 3.5hrs face to face teaching

Cost is $550 (includes GST)

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LOOKING FOR A NAIDOC WEEK PACKAGE?

Full day

Select 6 sessions from list above

End of day assembly performance

Assistance with rotations and planning available.

 

$5300 (includes GST, all materials)

 

Half day

up to 4 sessions from list above

Assistance with rotations and planning available.

 

$3400 (includes GST and all materials)

LOOKING CULTURAL PROGRAMs?

RESURGNACE

Facilated by Speaking in Colours expert weavers, participants are taught about the context and understanding of weaving while being stepped through the levels as appropriate.

Program 4-20 weeks ages 9+

Results in a completed sculpture or exhibition

Prices vary based on location, ages and ability of students and length of program. Contact us for full details.

This is more than just weaving it is: building identity, developing mindfulness, caring for country all while building communities.

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POSSUM SKIN CLOAKS

Faciliated by Cherie Johnson under the guidance of her cultural mentor Aunty Vicki Couzens for school aged participants.

5 day intensive with two presenters

or a 10 week program ages 9+

Resulting in making a Possum Skin Cloak.

Prices vary based on location, ages and ability of students and length of program.

Contact us for full details.

CANOE BUILDING

Program and details are provided on enquiry.

Note time of year and weather conditions determine if the project can proceed.

 

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YIDARKI

Yidarki for beginners

10 week course

Results in participants learning to play

 

Yidarki build and learn

20 week course, includes the yidarki for beginners course,

Results in each participant learning to play and make their own Yidarki.

 

Prices vary based on location, ages and ability of students and length of program. .

 

Contact us for full details

Please note travel costs incur for events outside of the Hunter NSW.

Elders and artists in residences also available on enquiry.

Prices subject to change, last updated May 2018.

 

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CLIENT FEEDBACK

  • I have engaged the services of Cherie Johnson, from Speaking in Colour, on a number of occasions to deliver Aboriginal Cultural Capacity Training to Council staff and external organisation’s staff who work among the Aboriginal community...She engages participants by first asking what they want to learn and openly invites questions throughout the presentation. Her passion and cultural knowledge is displayed by her enthusiasm…I would highly recommend Cherie Johnson from Speaking in Colour as a quality educator of Aboriginal culture and heritage to any organisation.

    Maree Edwards Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Lake Macquarie City Council
  • “Just letting you know the weaving workshop was a hit and the kids loved it. She did a wonderful job and gave some great information. Thanks for organising.”

    Kimberley Carlyle Teacher, Caves Beach Public School
  • "It was great having Cherie from Speaking in Colour at our TPL today.  The discussion around the content of the Interwoven Aboriginal Kit promoted deeper knowledge and understanding of how to embed Aboriginal perspectives into a range of KLA's.  We are looking forward to our follow up weaving workshop on NAIDOC Week as this will further consolidate our learning and understanding…We would highly recommend it other schools."

    Cath Dalais Maryland PS 2017
  • “The weaving kit from Speaking In Colour is a wonderfully designed and well thought out resource providing ample supporting material in both a practical sense as well as a theoretical sense to enable teachers to implement an Aboriginal perspective into their teaching. The lesson plans are well structured and sequenced to provide a solid and user friendly basis to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into a number of different key learning areas, whilst remaining flexible enough to allow the educator to use individual components of the kit to support the needs of their class and their current program. Overall, the weaving kit from Speaking In Colour is a great resource to use as a launch pad into implementing Aboriginal perspectives in a culturally sensitive manner.”

    Miriam Avery Reading Recovery Teacher/Aboriginal Education Teacher, Tea Gardens Public School
  • “A fabulous resource that ensures Aboriginal perspectives are woven across the Key Learning Areas in a variety of different ways. “

    Louise Groves Assistant Principal, Coal Pt Public school
  • “This education kit will provide the core of our girls cultural program that we are developing at Singleton High School. It is refreshing to be able to use of work of Cherie whom I have known since she was a young school girl. Giving back to community has always been at the centre of Cherie's life. This kit helps our girls to reclaim culture that rightfully belongs to them. Thank you Cherie.”

    Deirdre Heitmeyer Head Teacher Aboriginal Education, Singleton High School
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