Our session focuses on the current exhibition, Jenny Watson: Fabric of Fantasy. The art ranges from whimsical to realistic, and workshop leaders Bernie and Mel help the kids count horses within the array of paintings. Parents and carers seem to enjoy this as much as the kids.
There’s a story session and then it’s time to make some art.
There’s paint, crayons, glue and more, and the children are soon sticking and colouring to their hearts’ content.
Parents enjoy their coffees (included) from Cafe Heide as the kids sip babycinos and prepare for the next activity – a walk in the grounds to hunt for Christmas birds. Cardboard cockatoos on tinsel pipe cleaners adorn a glorious tree and there is great excitement as the children collect one each and return to the studio to decorate it as they munch on sandwiches and fruit.
There’s no sense of being rushed, and Bernie and Mel engage their young charges with natural warmth and encouragement. The time seems to fly. Participants are then welcome to enjoy the grounds or return to the gallery as admission is included in the ticket price.
Mini Artists is a beautiful way to help children begin to appreciate art organically. The ticket price is well worthwhile when you consider the quality of the experience for both adults and kids.
Mini Artists runs regularly during school terms, check the calender to see next dates.
Tickets are $38 for an adult and child; this includes morning tea and full admission to the museum and grounds.
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- Pack a picnic lunch and stay after Mini Artists to enjoy the grounds, or have lunch at the cafe.
- There are two car parks at Heide – the car park at the main entry is quite sm all; follow the signs to the larger car park if the front one is full.
- If you can avoid bringing a pram you’ll probably both get more out of the experience. There’s no touching the art but you can get up close.