With the temporary closure of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), a selection of NGV Kids’ activities are available for families to enjoy at home. The NGV Gallery will also share over 75,000 works with the public via their Virtual Tours, Online Collection Galleries and NGV Channel.
“Art has the power to positively impact children’s lives and their wellbeing in difficult times. We are continuing to provide opportunities for children to engage with art and explore their creativity through NGV Kids activities available online. It would be great to see fridges across Australia covered in children’s pictures over the coming weeks”
Kate Ryan, Curator of Children’s Programs, National Gallery of Victoria.
There are several engaging activity sheets to download including Mystical Creatures drawing games, growing flowers, creative cooking and many more. These interactive games have been specially designed to promote active thinking and hands-on creativity.
• Mystical Creatures – have fun playing the Mystical Creatures drawing game. Will you create a monster or a dragon?
• Shoe Biz – kids can practice tying up their shoelaces.
• Make It Bloom – watch flowers bloom before your eyes.
• Creative Cooking – fill the cooking pot with your drawings.
• Mystery Making – mystery modelling clay game.
Kids can now connect with NGV collections and exhibitions from their home with activity books that inspire them to get creative and discover artists and designers from all over the world.
• My Contemporary Art Book – meet several leading artists and designers like Ron Mueck, Xu Zhen and Sissel Tolaas Mueck. Try out the art challenges they set for you.
• Viktor & Rolf Fashion Artists – learn about Dutch fashion artists Viktor & Rolf as they set drawing challenges.
• Incredible Illusions – learn about M.C Escher drawing techniques and how he created optical illusions.
• Express Yourself – Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are fashion designers for clothing label Romance Was Born. Kids can express themselves with creative drawing activities.
The NGV Kids program is supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees and Official Supplier, Canson Australia.
Exhibitions Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines and KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness will be available as virtual tours. These free curator-led tours will give families who had an upcoming visit planned a chance to see the exhibitions and fans the opportunity to revisit.
See regular up-to-date storytelling and insights into the NGV Collection by following the Gallery on social media and via the hashtag #NGVEveryDay.
Cover image: The Waterwall, NGV International, Photo: Timothy Herbert