|Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550|
Get creative at home with these fun activities designed for kids and families.
Discover our Outdoor Sculptures
Did you know we have a giant skulll at the entrance to the Gallery? Discover this sculpture and others using this sculpture trail especially for primary aged children. Along with the trail you will need a pencil and a clipboard or book to lean on.
Image: Alex Seton. Sometimes the dead are more alive than the living 2017. Wombeyan marble. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney
Set up and explore your own Still Life
Can you name all the animals in this painting?
Why do you think the artist has included teacups and spoons with the animals?
Set up your own Still Life (group of objects) using things from your kitchen and bedroom. Include at least one bottle and one soft toy, such as a bear.
Choose objects of different sizes and textures like Kate has.
- Wrong Hand Draw - Look at your Still Life closely. Now using a pen and your wrong hand draw an outline of everything you can see. Remember to look more at the Still Life than your paper. The drawing should look funny.
- Bottle Top - Draw your bottle with something coming out of the top. It could be fireworks or it could be a ghost. You could even make up a new label for the bottle. For this activity use coloured pencils or markers.
- Soft Toys - Using a drawing pencil (2B or 4B) look closely at your soft toy. Now draw not just the outline of the toy but the surface (texture) of the toy. To do this you have to experiment with different lines and tones (light and dark). Can you now draw a shiny surface?
- Pet Life - Draw the whole of the Still Life with whatever materials you like. Now draw your pet or a favourite animal hiding, climbing or jumping somewhere in it.
Image: Kate Bergin. The Alpaca’s Tea Party 2011, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist and Mossgreen Galleries
Driveway Drawing Activities
Get outside and stretch your imagination.
Attach a piece of chalk to the end of 2 long sticks using masking tape. Use your driveway/footpath as the running track, now try different types of races, skipping, hopping - notice how your lines change.
Lie down on the driveway and get a member of your family to draw around you with chalk. What bones/organs are in your body? What do they look like and where they are located? Draw these in using different coloured chalk.
Make a strange shadow with your body and get a family member to draw around it. Now add some horns, a tail and other details to make yourself into a one-of-a kind monster.
Draw up some different size frames along your driveway, now fill the frames with drawings based on the things you can see outside. Can you see a distant mountain, a bird, a wheelbarrow? Perhaps you could make a family gallery where everyone takes a turn making their own drawing.
We would love to see your Shadow Monsters and Driveway Galleries.
You can share these to our Facebook page or email to s.luke@Bendigo.vic.gov.au