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5+ years

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

Sun Prints (cyanotype printing)

Artist: Eleanor Louise Butt

Follow in the footsteps of the great photographic artist Man Ray and be inspired by ‘Rayographs’ using the exciting method of Sun Prints.

Bring in interesting small objects from your garden such as flowers, leaves, feathers, even dirt - flat objects work best - to create an image.

Learn about arranging objects in patterns to create a composition, then place them on light sensitive paper and see what happens!  (The blue molecules embedded in the paper are sensitive to ultra-violet light so when the sun hits the paper it will react and leave a silhouetted impression of your objects).

Take home a beautiful cyanotype print to frame for your wall.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Sunday 16 August, 10.30am to 12noon; 2pm to 3.30pm
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.

Each week explore the work of a particular artist – mainly living artists – and look at how they describe the world we currently live in.

Experiment with a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, collage, photography, land art, mosaic, textiles, plaster, clay, plastic toys as well as sticks and wood.

Week 1 (18 July) – Giacometti
Make a plaster animal sculpture inspired by the melancholy sculptures of Swiss artist, Giacometti.

Week 2 (25 July) – Invader
Look at the work of French mosaic street artist, Invader & create your own mosaic piece of work.

Week 3 (1 August) – Morandi
Discover the quiet, subtle paintings of Morandi and paint in his style.

Week 4 (8 August) – Ranbir Kaur
Explore the traditional of rangoli, an Indian temporary ground art and be inspired by Ranbir Kaur’s interpretation of this tradition that uses fruits, vegetables & grains to create your own.

Week 5 (15 August) – Enrico Baj
Explore the work of Italian sculptor and painter, Enrico Baj and construct sculptures from wooden off cuts using hammers and saws.

Age: 7 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 18, 25 July and 1, 8, 15 August 10am to 11.30am
Bookings essential: Sold out
Cost: $85 per child

Exploring Sound

Artist: Michael O’Dwyer

Explore the world around you through sound.

In this workshop you will explore sound in various ways including listening to atmospheric sounds as well as creating soundscapes.

Find out about sound maps and create symbols to represent different sounds; play with the Federation Bells to compose a music score; and listen to the hum, clatter and splash outside through headphones (and a hydrophone for under water listening). Learn how sound travels and how it is contained.

For the finale and with your newfound knowledge, grab a whistle, xylophone or thumb piano and play in our improvised orchestra!

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 9 August, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child


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.