Looking to keep cool this summer? Why not spend some time at Bendigo Art Gallery – take in a tour of the collection, relax and enjoy the latest exhibitions, browse the Gallery Shop or indulge in a leisurely lunch at the cafe. And for younger visitors, the holiday workshops will of course be the highlight, along with a terrific activity provided by the National Gallery of Victoria.
This season the holiday workshops are inspired by the current exhibition Ink Remix: Contemporary art from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The workshops will be staged from January 12 to 15. Listed are some of the activities that will be held at the gallery this summer.
Year of the Monkey
It’s nearly Chinese New Year so to start this workshop we will view our current exhibition Ink Remixed then sketch our resident gallery monkey, before creating a unique monkey mask using cardboard, tissue papers, pens and other fun materials. At the end children will put on their masks and have a monkey parade through the gallery.
The scroll plays a significant role in Chinese culture and artists both past and present have used its unique format for their art. This workshop will begin with participants viewing some contemporary Chinese artists’ scroll works. Then participants will have the opportunity to make and design their own artistic scroll using bamboo, paper and a selection of pens and pencils. Participants will then try their hand at writing Chinese characters and incorporating these into their scroll designs
In the current exhibition Ink Remix many of the artists incorporate and play visually with traditional Chinese characters and writings. After viewing the exhibition the children will have the chance to design and create their own artworks using text and a wide assortment of art materials. The emphasis will be on experimenting with size, shape, strength and placement of text. They’ll also be encouraged to incorporate colour and found materials with the text to add texture and a sense of play to their artworks.
NGV Kids on Tour 2016
On Friday, January 15 the NGV Kids on Tour program at Bendigo Art Gallery will celebrate its third year by sharing with children contemporary art and summer exhibitions on display at the National Gallery of Victoria.
These exhibitions include Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei: Our Land is Alive, Hermannsburg Potters for Kids and the 2015 Summer Architecture Commission: John Wardle Architects.
From artists Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s shared love of cats, to the local landscapes of the Hermannsburg Potters, children will be inspired to unleash their creativity during the free activities available on the day. Suitable for children aged four to 12 years.
Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Please contact the gallery on 03 5434 6088.