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A water colour painting of three seals under water

Benny the Seal’s Underwater Adventure with Anney Bounpraseuth

24 September 2023

In the Centre for Creativity

Sydney Opera House Presents

Workshops

Sunday Morning Free Creative Play

Ages 7 - 11 | Learn how to draw Sydney Opera House’s mascot Benny the Seal in this drawing and painting workshop for all the family.

Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.

Brene Brown, Professor & Lecturer

If you love nature and the sea, this workshop is for you!

Especially if you love Benny the Seal who hangs out on the Opera House steps! We will use some fun watercolour painting techniques including drawing with candles, creating rainbow puddles and melting salt crystals to create an underwater world for your seal artwork. Plus, we'll learn some fun facts about seals and play seal trivia.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

 

Meet the artist

Anney Bounpraseuth

Anney Bounpraseuth is an Australian-born artist of Laotian heritage who reinterprets matriarchal traditions through painting, textiles, and sculpture to assert self-determined identity.

Bounpraseuth describes her kitsch, vivid and intensely patterned aesthetic as Cabracadabra or ‘South East Asian mum-style’ in honour of her mother Chockeo who came from Laos to Australia as a refugee migrant, raising her family in Cabramatta, a suburb of South West Sydney. Bounpraseuth cites her mother's clashing wardrobe and interior decorating style with fake flowers, imitation antiques and mismatched textiles as her main artistic influence.

Bounpraseuth has been featured on ABC TV and iView, ABC Radio National, FBI Radio’s Canvas program and Frankie Magazine. In 2019, she was a finalist for the Hidden Rookwood Sculpture Exhibition and Prize. She has presented in various galleries across NSW with solo exhibitions at Fairfield City Museum and Art Gallery and Bankstown Arts Centre. In 2018, she curated the February ARTBAR at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sunday Morning Creative Play at the House

The Sydney Opera House’s Creative Play program cultivates children’s creative thinking skills through a series of artist-led making activities that inspire, nurture critical thinking skills, collaboration and making with others. Creative Play spans an eclectic mix of multidisciplinary alumni, all dedicated to exploring ideas driven by performance playfulness.

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