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Bark! Bark! Bark!

A Treehouse exhibition: Terry Denton’s illustrations, prints and plans from the series created with Andy Griffiths

drawing of dog with 'Bark' speech bubblePresented in partnership by the Melbourne Writers Festival and ArtPlay.

See original illustrations, prints and preliminary works by Terry Denton from the famous Treehouse series created with Andy Griffiths.

But that’s not all! Terry has painted a mammoth and magnificent mural on the ArtPlay gallery wall and you can add your own mark! Yes, you can draw your own Treehouse-inspired character, contraption or crazy critter – you really can – and watch as the mural grows and changes over the exhibition.

There will also be DIY activities such as drawing your own cartoon character.

Supported by Pan Macmillan

Age: 6 to 12 years
Dates and times: Thursday 21 August to Sunday 14 September (open Wednesday to Sunday) *NB At times exhibition may be closed during events, please contact ArtPlay for more info
Free, no bookings required

Shelter (construction)

Artist: Avis Gardner and Liz Walker

Child with cat sitting in tepeeShelters come in all shapes and sizes. Tree-house, skyscraper, caravan, tepee or igloo – what kind of shelter does your family live in? What kind of shelter can you imagine and what kind of shelter would you like to build?

Come and be inspired: by environmental artists Avis Gardner and Liz Walker; by the many types of dwellings from all around the world; and by your imagination.

Construct a ‘shelter’ using a collection of found and recycled materials. Then create a picture that reflects what you think are the most important things you have in your home.

Age: 5 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 7 September, noon to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

ArtPlay Backyard (artful play)

Artist: ArtPlay staff

A boy and girl sit in the gardenCome and play in the ArtPlay Backyard these school holidays (Wed to Fri).

We’ll have all sorts of materials on hand for you to create your artwork. Draw in the sand, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials, or muck about with water. Make a mandala, wrap up some rope or ribbon and dream up your own mini landscape. Anything is possible!

Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothes and bring a rain coat. The program will run whatever the weather.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Wednesday 24 September, Thursday 25 September, Friday 26 September, Wednesday 1 October, Thursday 2 October and Friday 3 October, 10am to noon
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tracking with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz (paint)

Artist: The Pitcha Makin Fellaz

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) and 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
Bookings essential:  book online - Tracking with the Pitcha Makin Fellaz
Cost: Free

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

Font Factory (design and construction)

Artist: Annasophia Larsen, Naasicaa Larsen,
Geoff Riding

Come and join graphic design studio Copy Boy in their fun Font Factory.

Workers are needed to create a font out of nothing but rubbish. Use recycled materials to make an R out of bottle caps or an M out of sticks, put it on the factory line, and watch it be turned into a font that you can type with. What crazy letters can be made?

We need your help to make every letter in the alphabet. Make a letter or simply have fun typing messages to your friends and family using the Font Factory font.

Age: 4 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 4 October and Sunday 5 October, 10am to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tape It (Expanded drawing and un-drawing)

Artist: Briony Barr colourful tape stuck on ground to make pictures including one of a child

Back by popular demand!

Imagine a drawing that has become bored of paper and wandered off the page in search of new adventure. If this sounds appealing, drop into ArtPlay for Tape It, a collaborative, room-size, expanded drawing made of lines of colourful electrical tape.

Everyone of all ages can contribute to the artwork which may expand in many creative directions and dimensions. There will also be some very simple rules to guide those who would like to learn about generative art.

All materials will be provided. The drawing will run most of the day, that is, until the un-drawing stage begins. Sometimes deconstruction is just another stage of creation.

Find out how when you come along to Tape It.

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 2 November, 10am to 3pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tricky Traps (installation and craft)

Artist: Kathy HolowkoA woman constructs a large web made of paper

The incredible design and engineering feat of the spiders’ web will become an object of wonder and inspiration. ArtPlay will be transformed by a delicate tangle of webs with the installation of Tricky Traps.

Visitors will be encouraged to reconsider the workings of these tiniest of creatures that help make the amazing world that we live in. Carefully wander through this tricky environment and find a space to create your own artwork. Make an insect pod from string, do a drawing or craft a spider sculpture.

Age: 4 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 6 December and Sunday 7 December, noon to 4pm
Free, no bookings required

All children must be accompanied by an adult.