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9+ years

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

Tracking with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz 
ArtClub
Performance Club

Tracking with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz (paint)

Artist: The Pitcha Makin Fellaz Indigenous style painted Australian coat of arms - Kangaroo, emu and shield with serpent

Capture some native Australian animals through story and paint with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz.

First explore some Aboriginal stories about the Yarra River and the area outside ArtPlay, then meet the Fellaz (a group of seven Aboriginal men from Ballarat), find out how they create art together and try out some of their techniques.

You will make your own stamps out of foam and use paint to create patterns and imagery for our giant animal designs which will be over two metres high. Twelve animal paintings completed by the Fellaz in collaboration with children at ArtPlay will feature in an exhibition from 29 October to 23 November 2014. Everyone is invited to the launch party at 3pm on Sunday 2 November at ArtPlay.

The Pitcha Makin Fellaz are: Myles Walsh, Peter-Shane Rotumah, Adrian Rigney, Ted Laxton, Thomas Marks, Billy Blackall and Joe Lee. Assisted by Peter Widmer.

This workshop is part of the ArtPlay New Ideas Lab program where artists are supported to develop new work for children and families.

Age: 8 to 12 years
Dates and times: Friday 26 September, 10.30am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 4pm and Wednesday 1 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 4pm
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: register online - Tracking with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz

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

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davischild's sculpture of a person walking a dog

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

This season at ArtClub is top secret. The ArtClubbers and Sue are busy with lots of work to do before the ArtClub exhibition launch on Sunday 30 November at 3pm.

What will be revealed? Come along to find out.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 25 October and 1,8,15 and 22 November, 12.30pm to 2pm
Cost: $85 per child
Bookings: ArtClub is currently sold out

Performance Club (physical theatre series)

Artist: Heidi Weatherald a group of children pulling funny poses

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  the 'Yes!' game  to  discover  the great director or  writer  and performer you are. You will master some important techniques though improvisation, ensemble work, slapstick and acting for the stage.

Week 1:  Fun games to get to know one other and understand 'theatre' language.

Week 2:  Explore what makes a great story using text, improvisation, body and voice.

Week 3:  Learn to direct a scene and how to begin and finish with pizazz.

Week 4:  Play with performance tools such as non-verbal theatre and slapstick with props and music.

Week 5:  As a group, in pairs or solo we decide on a theme to develop a small piece of theatre. Let’s see where it takes us.

Age: 9 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 25 October and 1,8,15 and 22 November, 2.30pm to 4pm
Cost: $70 per child
Bookings essential: book online - Performance Club

For more information please contact: artplay@melbourne.vic.gov.au