10 July 2023

Kids set to brush up on their creative skills at art gallery's holiday workshops

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Winter Art Camp will help kids tap into their creativity at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery during the second week of the July school holidays. Photo: kali9.

A series of art workshops for children will be held this week at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

The Winter Art Camp will run from Tuesday to Friday (11-14 July) for primary school children aged six to 11 and high school children aged 12 to 16.

The event will focus on the gallery’s theme of environmental programming, GREEN 2023, whereby the children would explore eco-friendly techniques and sustainability.

The camp includes printmaking, animation, weaving, jewellery-making, paper sculpture and using upcycled materials.

Gallery programs and engagement officer Astrid Reed said the gallery would run two workshops a day, with the primary school-aged group hosted in the morning and the older students in the afternoon.

Ms Reed said the gallery enjoyed holding classes and workshops for people to experience the current exhibitions.

“We’re excited to show the kids and teens what an exhibition looks like when it’s being installed,” she said.

“They get to have time in the gallery and talk to their teachers about what they are seeing and be inspired by the work before they go back to the workshop and create their own work.”

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Ms Reed said it was important for the gallery to make the space welcoming for every person in the wider community.

“The lovely thing about having programs for children is that they become comfortable at the gallery from a very young age and we hope that they’ll become lifelong gallery visitors,” she said.

Gallery exhibitions and programs officer Mary Egan said the gallery was lucky to have several local artists to help facilitate the workshops, including Emily Shannon, Tricia Harrison, Millie Hocking and Georgia Crowden.

“It’s a great opportunity for young people and teens to come to see the way artists work, be inspired and work alongside them to get their creative juices flowing,” Ms Egan said.

“We get a lot out of having conversations and hands-on making sessions with the people who come to the gallery.

“We love to see new perspectives people bring into the artworks and the exhibitions.”

Visit the gallery to book and learn more about the Winter Art Camp.

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Winter Art Camp Schedule

Tuesday, 11 July
10 am – 11:30 am – Art Camp Kids: Birdlife Monoprint
2 pm – 4 pm – Art Camp Teens: Hardware Jewellery.

Wednesday, 12 July
10 am – 11:30 am – Art Camp Family: Trash Toy Mash-Up
2 pm – 4 pm – Art Camp Teens: Block Printing Clothes with Personality.

Thursday, 13 July
10 am – 11:30 am – Art Camp Kids: Weave it Green
2 pm – 4 pm – Art Camp Teens: Stitch Up your Style.

Friday, 14 July
10 am – 11:30 am – Art Camp Kids: Pop-Up Paper Sculpture
2 pm – 4 pm – Art Camp Teens: Digital Animation on Your Phone.

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