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5+ years

NOTE: Please see Special events and Free stuff to explore for more activities for this age group.  

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davis

In the second season of ArtClub we will explore different approaches to making sculptures in the work of Yinka Shonibare and in the work of Giacometti. We will also explore photography using the theme of Photo Alphabets.

Week 1 (2 May)

Photo Alphabets

We will explore the local environment in search of the letters of the alphabet and capture them in photographs.

Week 2 and 3 (9 and 16 May) – Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare is a Nigerian/British artist who often uses brightly coloured African fabrics in his work to create dresses or alien sculptures. We will look at the reasons why he creates these works and create our own works using these African fabrics.

Week 4 and 5 (23 and 30 May) - Giacometti

Why do Alberto Giacometti’s tall, thin sculptures of figures look so sad? Why did he want to make sad figures? Find out why and experiment with plaster, the material he became so well known for and create your own figures that express emotions.

Age: 7 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 May, 10am to 11.30am
Bookings essentialcontact ArtPlay
Cost: $85 per child

Close Encounters (lantern making)

Artists: Ken + Julia Yonetani

Make a real Japanese lantern from shoji paper and wood, and find out about all the animals and plants that used to inhabit Australia but have since become extinct since colonisation (1788). Choose an extinct species, and imagine what it looked like and where it lived. Then draw what you imagine onto your lantern to decorate it.

Before or after the workshop, visit the Park Ranger Education and Display Trailer in the ArtPlay Backyard and find out about the rare and beautiful animals of Victoria. Learn about the role habitat plays in saving endangered animals and what we can do to help in our own neighbourhoods.

The lanterns you make will be kept at ArtPlay until 6 June when you are invited to join us for a special event. On this night, all of the lanterns will be lit and hung together in the ArtPlay space. This breath-taking installation will pay respect to the extinct species of Australia in a timely reminder of the extinction crisis that we currently face on a global scale.

This project is drawn from the Japanese obon festival tradition, where the lanterns (toro) guide the spirits of the dead to their worldly home, and then back to their resting place.

Installation event: 6 June, 5pm

Ken + Julia Yonetani are collaborative installation artists who have exhibited large-scale works across the world, including a major solo exhibition in Paris (until August 2015); the Singapore Biennale (2013) and the Venice Biennale (2009).

Age: 6 to 12 years
Workshop dates and times: Sunday 24 May and Sunday 31 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essential:  book online

All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult

Multiversical (figurative sculpture)

Artist: Leonie Rhodes

Make your own sculpture of a person using colourful non-toxic clay, traditional sculpture techniques and clever tricks!

Learn how to use armatures (metal skeletons), blending techniques and easy base shape methods for creating lifelike characters.

Your character will be placed among 70 others as part of a colourful community that will become part of a collaborative exhibition.

Exhibition will be open from 5 July to 16 August.

Collect your piece to take home at the end of the exhibition.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July, 10am to 12noon; Friday 3 July, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Argus (puppet show)

Artists: Dead Puppets Society

Argus explores the attempts of a little creature trying to find a home in a world where he just doesn’t fit in.

As he journeys over vast terrains to the four corners of the earth – the ocean, the North Pole, the desert and even to a pirate ship and outer space… he learns what it means to be alive, to fall in love, to feel fear and curiosity, and what it means to have a home.

In this theatrical puppet show, the central character (made only of hands) is incredibly versatile as he has no fixed form and can be summoned, transformed and dismissed at will simply through the movements of the performers’ bodies. The entire world in Argus is built from found objects where the readily available materials are given a new lease on life in the creation of symbolic and poetic environments.

Age: 5 to 12 years
Dates and times:
Wed 8 July, 11am to 12noon, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Thurs 9 July, 10.30am to 11.30am; 1pm to 2pm; 3pm to 4pm

Bookings essentialbook online

Cost: $12 per person (please note: adults are required to purchase a ticket)

All children must be accompanied by an adult