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9+ years

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

Co-evolution (drawing & animation)

Artist: Ju Yuen Chew and Zhen

Explore the themes of creation, destruction and metamorphosis in this one-day collaborative animation workshop.

Consider the different forms animals have evolved to solve common challenges such as locomotion, eating and sensing the world.  Be inspired as a group to create and draw your own large-scale creatures using charcoal, and see where they take you!

The visuals for the animation will be created by large scale charcoal drawing and erasing, whilst the soundtrack will be constructed using recordings of your voices.

You will be sent a link of the animation (after post production editing by the artists) within a week of the workshop.

Please note: As a requirement for participation, parents/guardians will need to give permission for children to be filmed during the drawing process, and consent to the production of a short video in which the children may (briefly) appear within the wider visual context of the animation.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Friday 9 January, 10am to 4pm (please bring lunch and snacks)
Book essential: book online 
Cost: $55 per child

Polymonsters (print)

Artist: Hayley Rivers

What do you get if you cross a fly and a spider? A “flyder” of course!

History has a long tradition of creating mismatched creatures. What would happen if you started mixing and matching your own crazy creature? What would you choose? What super powers would they have?

Once you have designed your creature, learn how to carve your own beastly print. Use different images of mini beasts and other animals as a starting point to your design before carving out the image onto rubber. You can then print multiple copies of your designs and even use them as cards!

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 14 January and Thursday 15 January, 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essential:  book online

MSO ArtPlay Open Workshops (music)

Artist: Gillian Howell and Musicians of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The MSO ArtPlay Ensemble is a performance group of 28 children and four musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The Ensemble is open to children playing orchestral instruments, and participation is not dependent on prerequisite levels of musical experience or knowledge.

The MSO ArtPlay Ensemble involves composing music as well as performing, with each project leading to the creation and performance of a new piece of music. Ensemble members, chosen from the Open Workshops held at the beginning of the year, are asked to commit to three further workshops throughout the year.

MSO ArtPlay Ensemble 2015:

  • Workshop 1: Monday 30 March and Tuesday 31 March
  • Workshop 2: Monday 29 June and Tuesday 30 June
  • Workshop 3: Monday 21 September and Tuesday 22 September

MSO ArtPlay Ensemble participant cost is $350 for the 3-workshop package. These workshops can be enhanced by purchasing tickets to the above listed MSO Main Stage performances, which are directly linked to the music studied in the workshops. Further information will be provided upon confirmation of a place in the Ensemble. Financial assistance is available for up to four places in the MSO ArtPlay Ensemble.

The MSO has been associated with ArtPlay since its inception. For further information, please email education@mso.com.au. or call (03) 9626 1198

Age: 9 to 13 years
Open workshops dates and times: Saturday 7 February and Sunday 8 February, 10am to 11am; 12noon to 1pm; 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essential: via the MSO Box Office on (03) 9929 9600 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.
Cost: $10 per child

Granny Skills (food)

Artist: Snack Habitat

Bring your own granny or other adult along so they can share their stories and help you create some fabulous batches of jams, pickles and edible art with Rebecca Sullivan (safe-guarder of Granny Skills).

If you have any spare jars with lids in the cupboard, bring them too so they can get filled with something tasty.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 1 March, 2 to 4pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $15 per child

This is a collaborative workshop between child and adult.

Performance Club (physical theatre series)

Artist: Heidi Weatherald

Physical theatre tells stories through movement, body language, hand gestures and sometimes even with objects. As a group we will be devising our own stories as each week we tackle a different theme or idea.

In this series of Performance Club we explore ‘live art' by drawing inspiration through music, everyday objects and the visual arts.

Week 1 (21 February) – Sculpture
Shape our bodies and voices to communicate a story... and use both inside and outside spaces

Week 2 (28 February) – Objects
Use characterization and puppetry to manipulate objects into life

Note: no workshop on 7 March due to Labour Day long weekend

Week 3 (14 March) – Music
Explore body percussion and draw inspiration from violin, drums (plus a few surprises) to create sound scapes for stories

Week 4 (21 March) – Imagery
Put it all together and perform our ‘live art’ in a public space

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 21 February, 28 February, 14 March and 21 March, 2.30pm to 4pm

Bookings essential: book online

Cost: $55 per child

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davis

In this first season of Art Club for ArtPlay in 2015 we will explore different approaches to art in the work of Paul Yore, Andy Goldsworthy, Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Gower through sculpture using recycled materials, temporary land art, Pop Art and collage.

Week 1 (21 February) – Paul Yore
Melbourne artist Paul Yore collects plastic junk and creates elaborate sculptures that look like shrines. We will use his work as inspiration to make our own sculptures from recycled junk.

Week 2 (28 February) – Andy Goldsworthy
We will meet in the Alexandra Gardens (weather permitting) to explore the ideas of English artist Andy Goldsworthy who creates temporary sculptures from objects he finds in nature and then we will create our own land art.

Note: no workshop on 7 March due to Labour Day long weekend

Week 3 (14 March) – Andy Warhol
We will look at the work of the ’Pope of Pop Art’, Andy Warhol and see how nothing was too mundane a subject for his art. We will then create our own paintings of everyday objects.

Week 4 (21 March) – Elizabeth Gower
Elizabeth Gower is a Melbourne artist who uses junk mail to create beautiful collages that evoke this city. Inspired by her work we will create our own collages.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 21 February, 28 February, 14 March and 21 March, 12.30pm to 2pm
Cost: $70 per child
Bookings essential: book online