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A Week of Warhol at ArtPlay (visual arts)

To celebrate the Jewish Museum of Australia's Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition, in the second week of the April school holidays, ArtPlay is offering a week of workshops inspired by the Jewish Museum of Australia's Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition.

Be introduced to the wonderful world of Andy Warhol and try some pop art techniques of your own.

For 6 to 8 years, choose from Pop Portraits and Portrait Weaving

For 9 to 12 years, choose from Iconic Us! and Art Fashion.
Age: 6 to 12 years
Dates and times: Various from 8 to 12 April
Bookings essential: Book online via links above.
Cost: $15 per child

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

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 one of these workshop until 26 May.

Sounds like Somewhere (interactive installation)

Created by Jessica Wilson and Jordan Crugnale, with compositions by Rodolphe Blois

Enter a room where everything hangs in the air.

Is this under the sea?

…Or high up in a forest of trees?

Twist, tie, thread, stick and peg. Make shapes and hang ribbons to build a world of colour.

And listen to the sounds that change the way you look at the landscape all around.

This is a creative and contemplative sound and visual installation set under a large child-sized ceiling.  Different sonic worlds are experienced as you move through the space and add your own creations to a shifting hanging world.

Age: 3 to 5 years
Dates and times: Friday 17 April, 10.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Bookings essential: book online

Age: 4 to 6 years
Dates and times: Saturday 18 April and Sunday 19 April, 10.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Bookings essential: book online

Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Friendly 5Rhythms for Mother’s Day (dance)

Artist: Kat Worth

Celebrate Mother’s day with some free-flowing dancing!

5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection and community. Together, big and little feet will dance freely through the rhythms of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness.

Both you and your child are invited to experience this fascinating, playful and enriching practice developed by Gabrielle Roth and danced by thousands of people worldwide.

(Focus for each session will be for the age group specified below, however siblings outside of the age group are welcome to come along to either session.)

For more info on 5Rhythms please visit

Age: 3 to 5 years and family
Dates and times: Sunday 10 May, 10.30am to 11.45am
Bookings essential:  book online 
Age: 5 to 12 years and family
Dates and times: Sunday 10 May, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $5 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Close Encounters (lantern making)

Artist: Ken and 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 .