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9+ years

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

Crosshatched (Pottery)

Artist: Manohar Lal and Jagdish Prajapat, Sandra Bowkett and Ann Ferguson

Find out all about the traditional potters of Kumhaargram, India.

Manohar Lal and his son Jagdish are visiting Rajasthani potters from India.  They live on the outskirts of New Delhi in a village of over 700 potting families called Kumhaargram that means “potter’s village”.

At ArtPlay, see Manohar and Jagdish demonstrate how they make large pots on their traditional pottery wheels; then make your own small pot on these same wheels with the help of the potters.

Learn decorating techniques such as carving and painting. Then try your skills out on a small clay artwork - bowl, lamp or box - made out of found earth materials.  (At the end of the workshop both artworks will be taken away to be fired and returned to ArtPlay for you to take home at a later date.)

You will also contribute to the painting a large matka or waterpot.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 28 March; 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

Iconic Us! (multi-media)

To celebrate the Jewish Museum of Australia's Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition

Artist: Rachel Jessie-Rae O’Connor

Discover the wonderful world of Andy Warhol.

Explore Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame idea by creating portraits of your iconic self through digital video and portraiture.

Day one

Devise a look for your 15 minutes of fame video. Experiment with ideas through craft construction of costuming and by creating simple colourful backdrops in paper. In pairs create simple scripts, perform and record them on digital cameras to compose short films. Then use still camera photography to create iconic images as the basis for a large-scale portrait.

Day two

Watch the best moments of videos from Day One and view these projected in a Warhol-style montage. Use your photographic images from Day One to create Warhol-style portraits using digital projections, collage and drawing.

Take home your photographic portrait and a link of your video portrait will be emailed to you.

Please bring a snack on both days.

Special Offer: 50% discount on the Family entry fee to the Jewish Museum of Australia’s Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition if you show your booking email for this workshop until 26 May.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 8 April and Thursday 9 April, 1.30pm to 4pm

NOTE: must attend both sessions

Book essential: book online
Cost: $25 per child

Art Fashion (wearable art)

To celebrate the Jewish Museum of Australia's Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition

Artist: Rachel Jessie-Rae O’Connor

Discover the wonderful world of Andy Warhol and create your own customized Warhol style t-shirt!

Use fabric paint and markers, iron transfers, as well as silk screening techniques to create colourful garments that show off household icons such as a soup can or jar of vegemite. Experiment with colour and print placement to make unique pieces of art fashion.

Your t-shirt artwork will be yours to take home.

Special Offer: 50% discount on the Family entry fee to the Jewish Museum of Australia’s Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition if you show your booking email for this workshop until 26 May.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 12 April, 2pm to 4pm
Book essential: book online
Cost: $15 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: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 25 April, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davis

In the second season of ArtClub we will explore different approaches to making sculptures in the work of Yinka Shonibare and in the work of Giacometti. We will also explore photography using the theme of Photo Alphabets.

Week 1 (2 May) – Photo Alphabets

We will explore the local environment in search of the letters of the alphabet and capture them in photographs.

Week 2 & 3 (9 & 16 May) – Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare is a Nigerian/British artist who often uses brightly coloured African fabrics in his work to create dresses or alien sculptures. We will look at the reasons why he creates these works and create our own works using these African fabrics.

Week 4 & 5 (23 & 30 May) - Giacometti

Why do Alberto Giacometti’s tall, thin sculptures of figures look so sad? Why did he want to make sad figures? Find out why and experiment with plaster, the material he became so well known for and create your own figures that express emotions.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 May, 12.30pm to 2pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $85 per child

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 Interactive Theatre and Installation Art with the theme of Big and Small. This will draw inspiration from Heidi’s own arts practice of non-verbal theatre, object theatre (puppetry) as well as sound and lighting design.

Week 1 (2 May) - Sculpture and Set Design

We will collect everyday objects such as a broom, a mop, a bundle of coloured electrical tape and transform the ArtPlay studio into a theatrical space. Then it’s time to explore and see what stories emerge.

Week 2 (9 May) - Clowning and Non Verbal theatre

Big boots, big gum boot, big slippers, a pair for us all. Let’s put them on and let the fun begin.

Week 3 (16 May) - Interactive Theatre

We will build a new interactive space like week 1 and invite the characters from week 2 into the space together to explore some ideas; and add the element of sound. 

Week 4 (23 May) – Set Design and Story telling

Create a small space using various materials such as a cardboard box or a hanging picture frame. Make up a story for the space: in it, around it, on it, through it, then test it out by performing the story for each other.

Week 5 (30 May) - Object Theatre

Keep working on your story for your small space from week 4. If you want to, add lighting and sound.  Tap into your imagination… You can tell your story with words or maybe without.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 May, 2.30pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $70 per child