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Close Encounters (lantern making)

Artists: Ken + Julia Yonetani

Make a real Japanese lantern from shoji paper and wood, and find out about all the animals and plants that used to inhabit Australia but have since become extinct since colonisation (1788). Choose an extinct species, and imagine what it looked like and where it lived. Then draw what you imagine onto your lantern to decorate it.

Before or after the workshop, visit the Park Ranger Education and Display Trailer in the ArtPlay Backyard and find out about the rare and beautiful animals of Victoria. Learn about the role habitat plays in saving endangered animals and what we can do to help in our own neighbourhoods.

The lanterns you make will be kept at ArtPlay until 6 June when you are invited to join us for a special event. On this night, all of the lanterns will be lit and hung together in the ArtPlay space. This breath-taking installation will pay respect to the extinct species of Australia in a timely reminder of the extinction crisis that we currently face on a global scale.

This project is drawn from the Japanese obon festival tradition, where the lanterns (toro) guide the spirits of the dead to their worldly home, and then back to their resting place.

Installation event: 6 June, 5pm

Ken + Julia Yonetani are collaborative installation artists who have exhibited large-scale works across the world, including a major solo exhibition in Paris (until August 2015); the Singapore Biennale (2013) and the Venice Biennale (2009).

Age: 6 to 12 years
Workshop dates and times: Sunday 24 May and Sunday 31 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essential:  book online

All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Multiversical (figurative sculpture)

Artist: Leonie Rhodes

Make your own sculpture of a person using colourful non-toxic clay, traditional sculpture techniques and clever tricks!

Learn how to use armatures (metal skeletons), blending techniques and easy base shape methods for creating lifelike characters.

At the end of the workshop, your character will be placed among 70 others in a pattern on top of a five-pronged Fibonacci spiral to become part of a colourful community which forms a collaborative installation. (Exhibition opens from 5 July to 16 August.)

Collect your piece to take home at the end of the exhibition.

Multiversical draws from Leonie’s studies at London’s Chelsea School of Art and the New York Studio School.

Dates and times: Wednesday 1 July to Friday 3 July
Bookings essential, please see relevant age group below
Age: 9 to 12 years
Age: 5 to 8 years
Age: 3 to 5 years

All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.