News & Events

Here you will find the latest news and upcoming events of our New Star Art School.

Holiday workshops

On November 30th, 2010

Holiday Workshop

Photos from several workshops held at Box Hill Community Arts Centre during January 2011.

Holiday Workshops (23/9/10 – 27/9/10)

On September 29th, 2010

A full wall of colourful works by the children attending the school holiday class has won accolade from impressed viewers. During the short, five-day holiday course, the children have learned and tried different styles of art expression, and enjoyed the pleasure of artistic creativity.

The youngest of the participants is only 5 years old.The first lesson was about Chinese traditional ink painting. Most of the children were introduced to this subject for the first time and they learned how to paint not only birds with peony flowers, but also characters in Chinese traditional operas. They held the brush in complete focus, and stroke by stroke they savoured the wonder of the effect their ink produced on the rice paper. Almost instantly, beautiful peony flowers and exaggerated Beijing Opera knights appeared before their eyes. The children were all very excited, saying it was like playing ink games.

The idea of printing was even more novel to them. The children themselves designed the subjects (pictures), cut out the stencil with scissors and using a paint roller printed the design on a piece of coloured paper. When they lifted the paper from the block, they were amazed at the magical effect.

The last lesson was painting portraits. Working on a canvas mounted on an easel, the children experienced the pleasure in seeing themselves being great artists. For the first time they stood before the easel, full of confidence, expressing themselves in all sorts of ways to produce colourful works of individual characteristics – move over Picasso, some works looked childish, some exaggerated, and others stylish.

Both parents and children are delighted with the results of this holiday workshops which has not only enabled them to learn improved artistic skills but also broadened their vision, bringing them the pleasure of creativity and the joy of success.

Students’ Exhibition

On September 6th, 2010

2010 Melbourne-Anying Cup Children’s Art Competition

On July 23rd, 2010

An art competition of such scale has not been seen in Australia for many years. People came together to witness the fruits of Chinese Australians’ art education. The 800-plus art works selected demonstrate the blooming of Melbourne’s gardens of arts, which is worthy of celebration. The competition organisers, Anying Foreign Exchange and Chinese Age Media Group, have made significant contributions in providing children a platform to display their artistic talents, and also have been a model of cooperation and interaction between business, media and education to serve the wider community.

38 students from New Star Art School won prizes and awards. The children’s achievement is a testament to their teachers’ hard work, and also reflects the successful art education of New Star Art School.

We would like to share these student’s works and their creativity.

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Latest Student City Exhibition

On June 21st, 2010

14th June – 23rd July

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2010 ‘Drawing on Nature’ Exhibition

On June 1st, 2010


New Star Art School’s 2010 children’s’ EARTH — Drawing on Nature exhibition will exhibit at Manningham gallery during the Cultural Diversity Week 2010
(17/3 – 10/4/ 2010)

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Loving Nature – Student Shopping Bag Design Exhibition

On March 1st, 2009

In 2009, New Star Art School conducted the project “Loving Nature” to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week.  Students designed shopping bags using the theme “Loving Nature”, and exhibited them at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre during Diversity Week (15/3/09 – 22/3/09).

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“Loving Our Rivers” – Students’ Creation for the 2008 Calendar

On February 2nd, 2008

John McCallum, founder of National Rain Day together with Yaping Jiang, director of New Star Art School with 150 children to paint their awareness of “Love Our Rivers”, these beautiful imaginative works have created energy of nature being in balance. The premise the children worked on was, “when we think, imagine and create images of healthy happy rivers then we experience life giving rains and everything in and around the rivers is fully sustained”

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“Harmony & Diversity” student exhibition

On March 1st, 2007

“Harmony & Diversity” Australian-Chinese Young Artists’ exhibition is organised by New Star Arts School and Multicultural Arts Victoria. About 100 Australian-Chinese young artists (aged from 4 to 18) are involved this project. 88 works are selected and displayed at the exhibition. Through visual images, these young talents express their feelings and experiences of living in our multicultural society. Read more »