Category Archives: ArtPlay Reviews

My reviews of ArtPlay events I have been to.

Have A Say Day


I went to this on the 18th of March 2012.  My role on the day was to be an interviewer.  I mostly interviewed parents.  My friend Tayger also was interviewing – mostly the children.  We swapped places later on.

Some of the questions I asked were:

  • Why did you come along today?
  • How did you find out about Artplay?
  • What has been one of you favourite activities at Artplay?
  • What would you like to see in the future here at Artplay?

There was also a drawing workshop with UK artist and consultant from the Campaign for Drawing – Clare Price, for kids aged 5-12yrs and their parents. Tayger and I took part in that. It was pretty fun.

After awhile I started taking pictures of the art children were doing on the Ipad.

I liked being an interviewer, it was loads of fun.

Here I was capturing a photo of the silhouette wall.  Thanks to Steph Urruty for this photo.

Chinese Painting Workshop with Gabrielle Wang


I went to this on 22nd January 2012 at ArtPlay. Gabrielle Wang is the award-winning author of the book “The Race for the Chinese Zodiac” and she has studied at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, China.

In this workshop Gabrielle taught us the four treasures of the painting studio which are: paper, brush, ink stick, and ink stone.

After she showed us the four treasures, she demonstrated how to do the paintings. Firstly she showed us how to do a bamboo type of scenery. We all went to tables to start painting. For the bamboo, we used thick brushes and did one stroke across the page, but making sure to break the stroke into a dotted line. We added stems of the leaves and the leaves themselves.

After we finished the bamboo scenery, we started doing little chickens. It was a little complicated at first, but it got easier once we did it a little more, After that, we combined the two things together. At the end we added our name at the top or bottom of the page with a fine brush. After we had cleaned up all the painting materials, Gabrielle taught us how to draw a Chinese Dragon . It wasn’t too difficult, but it was a little hard .

Here are my paintings:

Recommended age: 9yrs+

Some info on Chinese Paintings:

Chinese painting is an ancient type of painting and tradition. The paintings back then were more like patterns or designs rather than pictures

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Softie Animal Friends


I went to this workshop on 2Oth January 2012 at ArtPlay, run by author and crafter, Katie Evans.

I made a bumble bee for my brother Josh like this:

  1. Take your desired , 2 pieces for front and back.
  2. . Draw up your

3 , and then

– both pieces of fabric.

4. Now and sew,

and make sure there’s room for a

5. Now, fill up the shape with

like cotton wool, and sew up the hole!

6.. Time to reach for more of that fabric,

and cut of bits of fabric to form      features

on your animal, and use


to attach your pieces to your creature.

VIola!And there you have it! Your own softie animal friend!

Recommended age: 9-12yrs

Here are some piccies:

Here I am working hard!

The group’s wonderful creations

Josh loves his bumble-bee.

DJ Kids & Party


I went to this on the 13th November 2011 (workshop) followed by a party on the 26th November.

There was a DJ (Disc Jockey), VJ (Video Jockey) and a Producer. At the workshop, we split into groups.

My group stayed with the DJ’s and learnt about the special equipment that they used. We got to have turns at using the equipment.

When we were with the VJ, we learned how to combine pictures together, and attach cool borders to them. We also made some of our own art, while the other group put our artwork under the projector and mixed it to music.

2 weeks later we went with our families to the DJ Art Kids Party where we got to see our creations displayed on a big screen while we danced to cool music. There was even some Willy Wonka music mixed in – which was interesting!

I thought that this activity was fun and enjoyable, and I think that it was great 🙂

Recommended age: 7-13 yrs.

Art Play Big Draw


I went to this with my family on the 11th September 2011.

This was the seventh annual ART PLAY BIG DRAW.

We had to use ‘rule base drawings’ – rules like game rules – where you need to learn the rules of the game in order to take part. Easy and simple directions were given for various activities.

Some of the things I took part in with my family were:

Projector Drawing

You have to stand in front of a projector, and someone else traces over your shadow.

Here my dad is tracing my brother’s shadow.

Electrical Tape Drawing

This was my favourite activity. All you have to do is draw anything you like using only tape.

This is my tape robot.

Basic shape draw

Just draw things using basic shapes.

I have drawn a caterpillar’s face.

3D type drawing

This one was a little hard. You have to make a picture look 3D by shading it in certain places. It was fun, even though I found it challenging.

Overall the activities were fun and creative.

Recommended age: 3-12yrs.

Caravan Dreaming


I attended this workshop at ArtPlay on 7th August 2011, run by Sue Degennaro. The task was to make our own mini caravan from Balsa wood and match sticks, using the instructions that Sue gave us. It was actually quite a difficult task to complete, as my mum helped me to glue all the parts together to construct the caravan’s structure. You need a fair amount of patience as you have to wait for the glue to set before you can attach other parts to finish it.

After making the caravan, we used recycled material we brought to add on other features along with provided paper patterns to make our caravans unique. The decorating was the most fun part for me! I added a map type paper and a bottle lid. Then we added a varnish to the caravans to make them look a bit more authentic.

Then a group of us went out into the city, getting photos of our caravans in our own chosen locations, that we thought would be a good place to holiday in a caravan. I chose a pretty weird spot, spiral art structure on a building, to place mine in. We then walked all the way up to Craft Victoria – a craft shop where our caravans were to go on display.

Our caravans will be on display at Craft Victoria for a month of nightly exhibition from 31st October to 27th November 2011 – do go check them out!

I recommend this workshop for kids aged 9-13yrs with parental help.

Here are some pictures:

My caravan.

My caravan's holiday spot.

Other caravans.

Me and my caravan.

Also Sue has a blog about this project at – where you can view more caravans made and leave a comment if you like.


The Cook And The Woodcutter


In this workshop, I went to at ArtPlay on the 3rd July 2011 with my family, I learnt how to make scones, and how to cook them on a wood fired stove. We were taught by Trevor Flinn who is a cook, a visual artist, a woodcutter, and a Dunkeld CFA member.

We used a few simple ingredients such as: SR Flour, dried fruits, sugar, milk and butter. We also learned how to boil a kettle on an open fire, that I made with a team of other kids, using bricks, newspaper, wood/sticks and matches.

Trevor also showed us how to chop wood with an axe.

Finally –after all our hard work (sigh) we settled at a table, and enjoyed our scones with a nice cup of tea (ahh…) and our families joined in.

Recommended age: 9-13 yrs and their families

Here are some pictures:

The open stove I made with my team

Mmm, mmm!

There is also a great cookbook you can purchase from Trevor called "The Cook's Book" with lovely wood-fired recipes (can be made on ordinary stove too) where all proceeds from the sale of these go towards the new Dunkeld Community Centre to help the bush fire victims of this town.

The Cook and the Woodcutter is part of the ‘Illuminated By Fire’ festival – a project about the places we care about and the story and role of fire within those places. Working across Victoria, the project aims to share stories, increase understanding and create astonishing art. To read more, go to