Here are some great ideas from the Tweed River Art Gallery to keep the kids happy and creative during the school holidays.
Art Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said the school holidays are a great time for kids to get creative and try something new.
“Parents are always looking for low-cost, fun activities for the kids during the school holidays and we have several on offer,” she said.
“Our holiday programs are very popular and with limited places we encourage parents to book early.”
MONDAY 13 JULY FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM
Crazy Portraits for seven years and up with Melissa Lees. The cost is $55.
In this fun workshop, students will learn how to paint, draw, collage and create imaginative portraits of themselves and
others. After viewing the exhibition 900 Eyes they will explore distortion and abstraction techniques to construct
original and amusing artworks.
TUESDAY 14 JULY FROM 10 AM – 1 PM
Clay Portrait Bust for seven to 16 years with Marie-France Boissonneault. The cost is $45 which includes
Working with clay, students will mould a little bust (a three-dimensional model) of themselves, a friend, family
member, or even their favourite cartoon character or celebrity.
A short visit to the Artexpress exhibition will give students the opportunity to see some great portraits created by HSC students. Busts will be fired for later collection. If possible students should bring a photograph or picture of your intended subject.
FRIDAY 17 JULY FROM 10 AM TO 12 PM
Wild Tiles – Clay for two to five years with Marie-France Boissonneault. The cost is $31 which includes firing.
This workshop for smaller children will look at the artworks on exhibition in Three Views and then create tiles with our
Children can use their hands to make prints or engrave or build up animal shapes. Tiles will be finished with colourful glaze and fired for later collection.
SUNDAY 19 JULY
Special Family Fun Day: Don’t miss the special family day where parents have the opportunity to attend a class with their child.
Join Three Views exhibitor Madeline Hodge as she uses stories, art and craft activities and music to convey an understanding of her cultural heritage.
10 am to 12 pm – Stories and Craft for Little Ones with Madeline Hodge is for children aged two to five years. The cost is $24. This class is for small children accompanied by their parent or carer. (For ages four to five years attendance of a parent or carer is optional).
1 pm to 4 pm – Madeline Hodge will host a storytelling and creative family workshop for children and parents for ages
five years to teen. The cost is $35 for the first child and one parent or carer, and $12 per subsequent enrolment –
parent or carer, siblings or cousins.
THURSDAY 23 JULY – CIRCUS WORKSHOPS
Roll up! Roll up for circus workshops on Thursday 23 July! Come and learn hat manipulation skills. Fancy mastering some
magic tricks? Balancing an object whilst simultaneously juggling? Or perhaps just juggling! Then this is the workshop for
All kinds of gizmos to twirl, whirl and twiddle with. Add some tumbling fun to complete a vibrant circus workshop.
The workshops are Hats, tricks and Fiddlesticks Circus with Michele Thomas. Classes will be from 10 am to 12.30 pm for
five to nine years and 1 pm to 3.30 pm for eight to 16 years. The cost is $25 per class.
As will all the Gallery workshops, there are limited places available, so book early. To book for any of these workshops
please call the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790. The Gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, however, staff can still be
contacted by phone on these days.