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5+ years

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

Art and Big Ideas
Reinventing the Wheel     
Doodle and Print
The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things
Couch Guerrillas
Playground Beasties

Art and Big Ideas (philosophy)

Artist: Alex Desebrock, Damon Young and Dan Goronszythe heads of children sitting in a circle with a string circle joining them 

Do you know what philosophy is? It means ‘the love of wisdom’, and Plato wrote that philosophy begins with wonder.

Lots of things can make us wonder and in this fun workshop, you’ll start with art, drawing, building and dancing. Let your creativity be your guide, as you play with big ideas.

'Maybe (  ) Together' artists Alex Desebrock & Dan Goronszy, and philosopher/author Damon Young will help you along the way.

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Thursday 2 October and Sunday 12 October, 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essential: book online - Art and Big Ideas

Parents are encouraged to leave the space for this workshop.

Reinventing the Wheel (construction)

Artist: Edna Primoratz Child holding a hand crafted train made from a toilet roll with cotton wool steam

Experiment with materials, ideas and movement to plan, design and construct your own moving machine (with no engine).

'Re-invent the wheel' as you learn how to construct your own machine out of recycled materials. Lids become wheels, boxes become bodies and string become pulleys for your contraptions, as you transform inanimate objects into a moving machine. Then take home your invention to show your friends.

Age: 5 to 10 years
Dates and times: Thursday 2 October and Sunday 30 November, 10.30am to noon
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essential: book online - Reinventing the Wheel 

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

Doodle and Print (3D printing)

Artist: xyz workshop a yellow and grey robot holding lollies

Doodle your own fairy tale characters and let 3D printing bring them to life.
You will sketch characters inspired by three iconic Melbourne locations and learn the basics of how 3D printing works and how it can be used.

Then cut, create and colour the set for your characters to inhabit as you watch your drawing being converted from lines on paper into a 3D object. Introduce your character to their newly created environment and see what happens.

You can take your new creation home and find another special place for them to live.

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 11 October, 11am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essential: book online - Doodle and print 
All children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult.

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davistwo rocks with foliage, joined by string

ArtClub is a series of visual arts workshops at ArtPlay. Each week explore the work and ideas of an artist and use this as inspiration to experiment with materials and techniques, while developing skills and confidence in your own self-expression.

This season at ArtClub is top secret. The ArtClubbers and Sue are busy with lots of work to do before the ArtClub exhibition launch on Sunday 30 November at 3pm.
What will be revealed? Come along to find out.

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 25 October, 1,8,15 and 22 November, 10am to 11.30am
Cost: $85 per child
Bookings: ArtClub is currently sold out

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things (installation theatre)

Artist: The Seam, Drop Bear Theatre and Zoë Barryclose up of a boy wearing spectacles with tiny figurines

Do you have a favourite tiny thing?

Using clay and illustration, storytelling, magnifying glasses, projection and mirrors, come and investigate the secrets and stories that precious little objects hold. You will invent magical tiny objects through sculpture, projection and lighting.

Parents and grandparents - you can recreate your favourite, precious things, share your stories and create new ones together with your child or grandchild. Part treasure hunt, part storytelling theatre, part museum, become a scientist of the imagination, as you create a fantastical museum of tiny things.

These workshops are part of the development of a new theatre performance called The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things - your involvement in the workshop will help create the show. The work is inspired by and will be co-directed by Östen Burkum, the original Boy Who Loved Tiny Things. Östen is 9 years old and lives in Minnesota, USA.

This workshop is part of the ArtPlay New Ideas Lab program where artists are supported to develop new work for children and families.

Age: 7 to 10 years
Dates and times: Sunday 26 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 4pm and Sunday 9 November, 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $15 per child 
Bookings essential: book online - The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things

This is a child and adult collaboration - we particularly encourage child and grandparent pairs.

Couch Guerrillas (movement)

Artists: Nerida Weller, Sarah Fiddaman, Adrienne Chisolm, Deborah Prentice

2 soft dolls and 1 hard doll stand on their heads on a couch
Do you like playing on your couch? What are your moves? What does your couch become in your imaginary games? Join dance and design artists to explore the way we all use the family couch. We will discover how to put our moves together to tell a story. And we will also put our heads together to design the ideal family couch - however fantastical!

These workshops are part of the creative development of "Couch Guerrillas", a dance theatre show reflecting family life in the lounge room. You can come back and see the show... and the couch in 2015!

This workshop is part of the ArtPlay NEW IDEAS LAB program where artists are supported to develop new work for children and families.

Age: 6 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 29 November, 10.30am to 12noon; 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essential: book online - Couch Guerrillas
Cost: $15 per child

These are family workshops, for children and adults to participate together.

Capacity 15 children with at least one adult each

Playground Beasties (visual arts)

Artist: Gregory Alexandera child's drawing of a 'beastie'

The ArtPlay playground panels are in need of some sprucing up and we need you!

Artist Gregory Alexander will lead you through the process of creating strong colourful images and designs. Then, become the artist as you develop your own animal beastie design for the panels.

Using a variety of stimuli such as stories, music and pictures, you will create drawn creatures (real and imaginary) to decorate the panels. You will be introduced to a variety of drawing materials and ideas to create the artwork.

Please note: This is a two-part project. You are welcome to come back in January to continue the process by making stencils and using paint to build on the work done in December. Once completed, the final designs will be digitised, printed and adhered to the ArtPlay playground panels.

Age: 6 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 13 December and Sunday 14 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $15 per child  
Bookings essential: book online - Playground Beasties

Parents do not need to stay for this workshop.