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9+ years

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

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: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 18, 25 July and 1, 8, 15 August 12.30pm to 2pm
Bookings essential: Sold out
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.

At Performance Club we explore 'performance' in its many forms.

As an ensemble, we play lots of theatre games, explore movement, voice, sound, music and make "stuff." In the huge ArtPlay studio, we have access to all kinds of art and theatre making materials at our fingertips…

Most importantly it’s about developing the skills of the performers (that's you!) and how you (yes, you!) would like your ideas presented in the most "awesome" way.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 18 and 25 July and 1, 8 and 15 August, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Bookings essential: Sold out
Cost: $75 per child

Pools and Reflections (collage & sculpture)

Artist: Nicola McClelland

What’s your favourite place?
Do you have a favourite object?
What’s important to you right now?

In this workshop, you will brainstorm which images represent some of your favourite things and share with your parent (or fav adult) what was important to them when they were your age.

Bring in a few objects, photos, maps or momentos from home (or work with the artist’s images) to create a collage that represents your story. Add paint, if you want to; then seal the paper with PVA. Now it’s time to transform these 2D collages into 3D pool sculptures using folding techniques and air dry clay as a base.

You will also have a chance to light and photograph your artwork, experimenting with shadows and group compositions (bring your own camera or phone). Then take your works home and re-arrange them time and time again to tell a different story!

Please bring a small bag or box to take your sculpture home in.

Age: 9 to 12 years and parent (this is a child and parent collaboration)
Date and times: Sunday 2 August, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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