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5+ years

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

 

Dance-Draw-Dance

Artist: Inbar Niv from Yellow Dance Spot

Imagine a shape that is everything and anything - a shape that is of your own creation, one that is one thing at breakfast, and something peculiarly different at lunch, and then all new again at dinner.

Inspired by a quirky book, you will create your very own unique shape. First draw the shape, then dance the shape and finally become the shape in its many forms. Then… take it home!

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 5 September, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Paper Tape Torch

Artist: Jessica Wilson

Create an atmospheric world using lashings of butcher’s paper, hundreds of meters of masking tape and the architecture of a massive room.  What kind of environments can you make by attaching paper to the walls or furniture around you?

Now bring your environment to life by adding sound and light. Learn how to make different sounds with paper by crumpling, ripping and tapping and discover different ways to light up your sculpture.

Then create a paper puppet character to inhabit your space.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 12 September, 10.30am to 12noon; 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Games That Tell Stories (drama)

Artists: Simon Bedford and Roslyn Oades

Once upon a time…

Come explore the world of games and storytelling as together we test out a fun-filled collection of games built around classic storytelling quests.

Bring your imagination, courage and spirit of adventure.

Your experience in this workshop will help shape the final production of this new interactive storytelling game.

This project is part of ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab program, where artists are supported to create new work for children and families.

Age: 7 to 8 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 23 September, 2.30pm to 4pm; Saturday 26 September, 10.30am to 12noon
Bookings essential:  book online

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 26 September, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $15 per child

Please note this is a children’s only space – no adults allowed.

Archi-Loom (weaving)

Artists: Chaco Kato and Dylan Martorell, Slow Art Collective

Help to create a large interactive 3-dimensional installation made from bamboo poles and woven materials that will fill the ArtPlay space.

The artists will help you to explore different weaving methods to create colourful patterns with rope, wool and other materials as you weave across and between the bamboo structures. Together these structures will form the Archi Loom!

This is a collaborative artwork that will evolve over one week in the ArtPlay space.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October, 10.30am to 12noon
Bookings essential:  book online
Cost: $15 per child

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

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davis

Join a series of fun, visual arts workshops that run throughout the year at ArtPlay.

In this series, you will work towards creating an exhibition that will feature in the ArtPlay gallery on the theme of “Lost” that will feature as part of a special event on 22 November.  Explore sculptural and installation techniques to create a collaborative work.

You will also have the chance to work with ArtPlay’s Performance Clubbers!

Age: 7 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 10, 17, 24 October and 7, 14 November, 10am to 11.30am
(Please note: no workshop Cup weekend)
Special event: Sunday 22 November, 2pm to 3pm
Bookings essential:  contact ArtPlay 
Cost: $85 per child

Grow Lab (construction)

Artists: Ben Landau and Lucille Sciallano

Make your own botanical creations using colourful drinking straws.

Will you make long, pink seaweed which stretches over the ocean floor? Or a wide shady tree which gives elephants shelter?

When trees grow, the branches split into two (and two again) to make more and more branches, and eventually even leaves. This scientific process has rules that we can copy to make our own trees.

Play together or alone, it’s easy to invent and create real or imaginary plants.

This project is part of ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab program, where artists are supported to create new work for children and families.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Sunday 18 October and Sunday 25 October, 10.30am to 12noon
Bookings essentialbook online 
Cost: $15 per child

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

Songs of Sudan and Australia (singing & dancing)

Artists: Ajak Kwai and Simon Lewis

Listen to stories of growing up in Africa from Australian/ Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai, accompanied by musician Simon Lewis. Find out about Dinka culture, including singing and dancing, then have a go yourself!

You will also learn songs written by Ajak with children from Melbourne.

Ajak sings in Arabic, Sudanese and English with her style ranging from the traditions of the Upper Nile to gospel singing, and most recently a fusion of African roots with the grassroots of Australian music. She sings about freedom, peace, love and ... cows.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Sunday 18 October, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $12 per child

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

Little Big Shots: Australia's International Film Festival for Kids

ArtPlay and Little Big Shots present a selection of films for younger children (taken from the Festival in June 2015).

An inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled festival, Little Big Shots features the best in local and international children's shorts and animations.

The films screening in Little Big Shots inspire discussion of world cultures, different languages, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values. Better still, we guarantee they will make kids laugh, whoop, think and create.

Package 2: Featuring 7 films including Jack directed by Quentin Haberhan 2013 (The Netherlands) and Lune directed by Toma Leroux and Patrick Delage 2014 (France)

Package 2

Age: 3 to 7 years
Dates and times: Sunday 8 November, 11.20am to 12noon
Bookings essential:  book online
Cost: $9 per person (adults must purchase a ticket)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

In A Deep, Dark Forest (interactive game)

Devised by Simon Bedford and Roslyn Oades

Once upon a time in a deep, dark forest elves were hiding in the shadows, using their cunning to avoid being frozen by the light.  Come step into the story…

Simon Bedford and Roslyn Oades transform ArtPlay into an enchanted forest as they create a brand new life-size immersive game for children.

Played in the dark, this unique experience sees a group of children working together to complete a special quest and bring to life a classic storytelling adventure.

This project is part of ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab program, where artists are supported to create new work for children and families.

Age: 7 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 28 November, 10am to 11am, 12.30pm to 1.30pm and Sunday 29 November, 10am to 11am
Bookings essential:  book online

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 29 November, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $20 per child

Please note this is a children’s only space – no adults allowed.

Vegetable Soil Moulding (sculpture)

Artists: Cass Smith and Samantha Grover

Join sculptor Cass Smith along with soil scientist Samantha Grover as they take you on a journey from soil to plate through playful sculpture!

Soil is a life-giving material. It has within it the building blocks that construct the diversity of life around us. There is a physical connection between soil and the crops it yields.

Explore this theme by making sculptures of fruit and vegetables using soil and a fun mould-making process. Will you make a mushroom? …Or an apple? What fruit or vegetable will you make?

This workshop celebrates the International Year of Soils and World Soil Day on 5th December 2015; and is running in conjunction with events at Federation Square.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 5 December, 10.30am to 12noon
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Art and Soil (Painting) 

Artist: Eleanor Butt and Samantha Grover

Get your hands dirty with artist Eleanor Butt and soil scientist Samantha Grover to explore the creative possibilities of painting with soil, and to get you thinking about what soil does for us and why we should respect it.

To find out more about soil, listen to Samantha reading from her new children’s book Look, really look, at Soil.

Then with Eleanor’s help, choose an animal that lives and depends on healthy soil. Play with different types of clay pigments and create your very own painting out of soil!

This workshop celebrates the International Year of Soils and World Soil Day on 5th December 2015; and is running in conjunction with events at Federation Square.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 5 December, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Re-Used, Recycled, Up-cycled ART (visual arts)

Artist: Ana Rita Pires

This is a new take on Christmas… read on to find out more…

Be inspired by a whole lot of City Of Melbourne Christmas decorations from years gone by to create a brand new up-cycled artwork. Choose from a range of visual arts activities to re-use materials in a variety of ways such as creating stencils, making collages or painting on unusual canvases.

You never know, you may even walk away with some gifts to give away!

Age: 6 to 12 years
Date and times: Saturday 12 December and Sunday 13 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

Please note that parents are not required to stay for this workshop.