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5+ years

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

What is a Puppet? 
Too Hot for Spots 
Flying Seeds 
Nests 
Floating Worlds 
ArtClub 
Monster Madness 
Story Web 
Inflatables     

What is a Puppet? (puppetry)

Artist: Joe Blanck

Learn the basics of how to make a puppet out of things you have around the house. What is a puppet? Answer is … anything can be a puppet! A cardboard roll, a sock, or even a piece of string.

All you need are the materials, movement and your imagination. Learn quick, easy and affordable ways to make all kinds of puppets and (most importantly) find out how to bring them to life.

Then make a puppet from a T-shirt and gloves, add some eyes, a nose and some ears and have fun creating his or her character.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June, 2.30pm to 4pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Too Hot for Spots (digital story book)

Artist: Mini Goss

Find out how author and illustrator Mini Goss makes books, such as Too Cold for a Tutu and Too Hot for Spots by making 3D toys and inserting them into the digital world. Then create your own digital story book featuring your favourite toy!

Bring along a toy or two, write a short story (and with Mini's help) paint and construct a 3D scene for your character to inhabit. Using an iPad and a publishing app, you will photograph your scene, add the words and hey presto - you've got your very own book featuring your very own toys. (ArtPlay will supply some iPads but if you have your own, please bring it along.)

Some of the artwork created by children in this workshop will feature in an exhibition at ArtPlay (alongside Mini’s work).

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 2 July and Thursday 3 July, 10.30am to noon
Exhibition Launch: Sunday 13 July, 3pm to 4pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Flying Seeds (sculpture)

Artist: Kathy Howloko

Marvel at the design of seeds that 'fly' their way to new places. Discover a wonderful world by examining and investigating samples from the huge range of seeds that will be on display on the nature table.

You can make your own flying seeds by learning to design and make paper sculptures. Test them out by launching them off the ArtPlay mezzanine and watch if your seed flutters or falls. Adapt and improve your design to make a great flying seed sculpture.

Age: 6 to 12 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 2 July, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Nests

Devised by: Ken Evans, Gillian Howell and Rebecca Russell
Featuring: musicians Gillian Howell and Adam Simmons, and facilitator Rebecca Russell

Have you ever sat in a nest? Do you know what treasures they hide?

Come to the giant nests at ArtPlay to discover the enchanting music they conceal. Nests is all about musical discovery.

A soundtrack of birds, trees and running streams will evoke an inspiring musical environment. Instruments hidden inside large eggs – beautiful, unusual instruments that you can’t wait to pick up and play – will fill the space with evocative sounds as you interact with the musicians and each other.

Age: 6 to 8 years
Dates and times: Friday 4 July, 1pm to 1.30pm; 2pm to 2.30pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

Floating Worlds (bubbles)

Artist: Justin Dwyer with Briony Barr

How do bubbles and outer space fit together? Find out in this exciting workshop.

Learn the art of bubble-making with a difference. Find out what secret ingredients are needed, make your own bubble wand and play with bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Then watch as Justin feeds the bubble mixture through a special industrial strength bubble machine that fills the bubbles with smoke as they pop out and up into the room. These are no ordinary bubbles!

Brainstorm your ideas with the group about what you would like to tell the aliens from outer space about our world. Or figure out what questions you would like to ask the aliens about their world.

Then you will be videoed and your message projected onto a smoke-filled bubble. Wow!

Invite family and friends to come back on Sunday 13 July to see everyone’s messages to the aliens!

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Thursday 10 July, Friday 11 July, Saturday 12 July, 10.30am to noon; 1.30pm to 3pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $12 per child

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

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davis

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

We encourage you to stay with the program for the duration of 2014 so you can be part of a group exhibition at the end of the year.

This season explore a range of art practices including sculpture, photography and street-art mosaic.

Featured artists are: Alexander Calder, Helen Nodding and Invader

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 19 & 26 July and 2, 9 & 16 August , 10am to 11.30am
Register your interest: email artplay@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Cost: $85 per child

Monster Madness (craft)

Artist: Katie Evans

Romping, stomping, snarling, slurping, burping, bumping MONSTERS!

They can be scary or snuggly, big or small, but no two monsters can ever be the same. If you could make your own monster, what would it look like? Would it be friendly or ferocious? Would it have rolling eyes and sharp teeth or cute fluffy ears and long antennae? So many ideas for so many MONSTERS!

Join the creative team at ArtPlay for a feast of monster magic – romping, stomping and bumping away while you gather horns and eyes, ears and teeth to create the ultimate monster. There’ll be lots of materials to choose from and lots of ideas to share.

Age: 5 to 10 years
Dates and times: Sunday 10 August, 10am to noon
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $5 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Story Web (character development)

Artist: Clare Trevelyan, Hamford McDonald and Victor Holder

Come and develop your storytelling skills by creating a giant, a three-dimensional story with life-size characters, and a web that joins them all together.

Hang moments of your characters lives from the web and discover what happens when your characters meet each other.

First in small groups, we will make a visual representation of our characters using paint and other arts materials.

Then we will make up our characters’ names, what they like doing, whom their best friends are and what their biggest dreams look like. And what will happen when two characters meet? Will they get along or won’t they?

To bring it all together we will link all the characters together physically with elastic and hang paper tags describing their interactions to create a story.

Age: 7 to 10 years
Dates and times: Sunday 17 August, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Inflatables (visual arts)

Artist: Kieran Stewart

You are invited into the fantastic and fun world of inflatable sculpture. Take a peek into all things 'air-filled' to find out about inflatable objects and what they are used for.

Then (as part of the group) plan your own sculpture by drawing shapes and cutting and sticking with lightweight plastic to construct an inflatable object. Turn on the fan and watch your creation take shape.

The techniques are easy to learn and the materials are readily available, so you can keep on creating at home.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 6 September, 2pm to 3.30pm and Sunday 14 September, 10.30am to noon
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

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