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9+ years

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

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 methods to illuminate and animate your sculpture. Finally create a paper figure to inhabit your space and see what stories unfold.

Bring lunch and snacks.

Invite your parents to come back at 3.30pm to enter the shadowy room full of installations that we have created together.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 13 September, 11.30am to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $25 per child

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: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Thursday 24 September, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essential:  book online
Cost: $15 per child

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

Archi-Loom (weaving & construction)

Artists: Chaco Kato and Dylan Martorell from the Slow Art Collective

Learn about the basics of modular structural design to help create Archi-Loom, a large interactive 3-dimensional installation made from bamboo poles and woven materials that will fill the ArtPlay space.

You will learn how to use bamboo poles to create structures; plus 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.

It’s all about being playful and making it up as you go along… to discover how this beautiful creation evolves!

Please bring a drink and a snack.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October, 1.30pm to 4pm

Please note: Must attend both sessions – this is a two-part workshop

Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $25 per child

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: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 10, 17, 24 October and 7, 14 November, 12.30pm to 2pm
(Please note: no workshop Cup weekend)
Special event: Sunday 22 November, 2pm to 3pm
Bookings essential:  contact ArtPlay
Cost: $85 per child

Performance Club (physical theatre series)

Artist: Heidi Weatherald

Join a series of fun performance workshops that run throughout the year at ArtPlay.
In this series, you will work towards creating an interactive experience on the theme of “Lost” that will feature as part of a special event on 22 November.

Explore 'performance' in its many forms to create this collaborative work.

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

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 10, 17, 24 Oct and 7, 14, 21 Nov, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
(Please note: no workshop Cup weekend)
Rehearsal: Sunday 22 November, 11am to 2pm
Special event: Sunday 22 November, 2pm to 3pm
Bookings essential:  contact ArtPlay
Cost: $90 per child

Grow Lab (construction)

Artists: Ben Landau and Lucille Sciallano

Have you ever noticed how a tree grows? It starts out with the trunk, and branches off until it reaches the leaves!

Grow Lab explores the scientific principles of this type of splitting, called bifurcation. We’ll learn about the different types of bifurcation, and formulate them into rules to invent new kinds of trees. You can then test these rules by constructing prototypes from colourful drinking straws, and build botanical inventions from roots to leaves.

On Sunday 1 November, you are invited to return to ArtPlay for Grow, where you will invite children and families to help fabricate your creation according to its bifurcation rules.

Please bring a drink and a snack.

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

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 25 October, 1.30pm to 4pm
Please note: Participants are invited to arrive at 10.30am to assist with Grow event on Sunday 1 November
Bookings essential:  book online
Cost: $15 per child

Book Sculptures

Artist: Nicholas Jones

Create new stories from old by transforming old, unwanted books into works of art.

Learn some secret folding and cutting techniques to turn an unloved book into a beautiful small sculpture. You will be guided through a number of ways to re-read a book with intriguing results guaranteed!

Bring five hardback books of around 250 pages each to use in the workshop.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 8 November, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

Learn to DJ!

This event is part of Melbourne Music Week

Artist: Eleanor Butt aka DJ Ms Butt

Under the instruction of one of Melbourne’s highly experienced and celebrated DJ’s, learn exciting skills and tricks such as scratching, mixing and special effects.

You will have guided tuition on professional DJ equipment in a small group of six for a fun hands-on experience.

At the end of the workshop, jump on the decks to perform a short DJ set and of course, dance (if you want to…)!

Please bring a USB with a selection of 5-10 of your favourite dancing songs.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Date and times: Sunday 15 November, 10.15am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.45pm; 1.30pm to 2.30pm; 3pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $20 per child

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

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 28 November and Sunday 29 November, 3pm to 4pm
Bookings essential:  book online
Cost: $20 per child

Please note this is a children’s only space – no adults allowed (the space will be darkened but not pitch black).

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.