In this online art-making program for children aged 2 –5, children will go back in time to the Edo period in Japan where people played memory games with golden clamshells.

Inspired by NGVs upcoming exhibition Golden Shells and the Gentle Mastery of Japanese Lacquer, children will practise counting and comparing while learning some of the stories behind traditional Japanese games. Children then watch an art-making demonstration so that they can create their own memory game using an NGV Kids activity sheet.


Unryūan Tatsuo Kitamura (studio)
Wajima, Japan
Shell matching game, Kai-awase 2015 (installation view)
pigment and gilt on shell, lacquer on wood (maki-e), silver, silk
Shells, various sizes: 6.5 x 8.0 cm to 8.0 x 9.5 cm
Shell boxes: 65 x 58.0 x 58.0 cm (each)
Collection of Pauline Gandel, Melbourne
© Video stills courtesy of Ivan Kovac


National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia

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