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NGV Kids on Tour

National Gallery Victoria kids' tour

News Article Date: 
Monday, 11 January 2016

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 in this range of free activities available for children at Warrnambool Art Gallery during National Gallery Victoria (NGV) Kids on Tour. 

Celebrating its third year, the 2016 NGV Kids on Tour program shares with children contemporary art and summer exhibitions on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, including Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids and the 2015 Summer Architecture Commission: John Wardle Architects.

Coinciding with the NGV Kids Summer Festival from Saturday 16 January to Tuesday 26 January, NGV Kids on Tour 2016 is an initiative that allows children and families throughout regional Victoria to engage with contemporary art and design through hands-on activities developed with artists and designers.

Children and families can take part in NGV Kids on Tour 2016 at Warrnambool Art Gallery this summer with FREE and fun activities including:

Hermannsburg Potters: Footy Pots
Depict your favourite footy team on a papier mâché pot. The activity is inspired by the artwork and practice of the Hermannsburg Potters as seen in the exhibition Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids.

Hermannsburg Potters: Draw with the Potters
The Hermannsburg Potters have developed a drawing activity for kids inspired by their unique terracotta pots. Children are invited to complete drawings created by the Potters depicting their renowned hand-made Hermannsburg pots and the Hermannsburg landscape.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei: An Art Book for Kids 
An activity book drawn from the NGV Kids publication Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei: An Art Book for Kids will be available to galleries and venues on the tour. Children are introduced to two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, encounter images of their most recognisable artworks, and take part in drawing and making activities.

Bottle Brush and Possum
Children can create their own bottle brush and possum sculpture from colourful polypropylene, the same material used for the hundreds of small blooms that adorn the 2015 Summer Architecture Commission at NGV International, designed by John Wardle Architects. This activity, developed in collaboration with Megara manufacturers, explores how the environment informs design through a colourful making activity.

Ai Weiwei’s Clever Cats 
Ai Weiwei is a great observer of his many cats who appear regularly in his social media. Children can be clever cats and write a witty phrase for Ai Weiwei’s Clever Cats – a multimedia interactive featuring a selection of Weiwei’s photos of his cats at play in the studio. Each text becomes a fun cat caption to share with friends and family.

Kat Chadwick’s Draw a Cat with Kat 
Inspired by Andy Warhol’s early career as an illustrator, Melbourne-based illustrator Kat Chadwick has created a drawing activity for children and families. Through a booklet developed by Kat, children can learn illustration techniques to draw their very own cat. 

NGV Kids on Tour 2016 activities are free and will take place during the summer holidays, running in conjunction with the NGV Kids Summer Festival from Saturday 16 January to Tuesday 26 January 2016.

Numbers are strictly limited. Please visit the Warrnambool Art Gallery or call on 5559 4949 to secure your place.

The NGV wishes to acknowledge Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax for their generous support of Studio Cats: Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei for Kids and the Dewhurst Family for their generous support of Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids.
The NGV Kids program is supported by the Truby & Florence Williams Charitable Trust.

Warrnambool timetable Activity 11.30am Activity 2.30pm
16/1/16 (Saturday)   Clever Cats
18/01//16 (Monday) Draw with the Potters Bottle Brush Possums
20/01/16 (Wednesday) Clever Cats Draw a Cat with Kat
21/01/16 (Thursday) Draw a Cat with Kat Bottle Brush Possums
22/01/16 (Friday) Draw with the Potters Bottle Brush Possums
23/01/16 (Saturday)   Footy Pots


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