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Autumn School Holiday Art Workshops at Penrith Regional Gallery

Source: Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of the Lewers Bequest
Posted: 6 Apr 2019
This coming school holidays Penrith Regional Gallery has a delightful new suite of workshops for children aged up to 12, themed around the warm and comforting colours of autumn. It’s a great, relaxed opportunity to get the kids creative and socialising during the school holidays; for you, your little one and their friends!

With six classes running over the two weeks and a special Family Workshop on the last Friday of the holidays, and costs ranging from $12 - $30, come and celebrate the warmth and colour of autumn these April School Holidays with painting and drawing, animation, clay modelling, mixed material sculpting and more!

Abstracting Autumn – Painting Workshop

16 April 10am | Suitable for ages 5 – 9

Explore the garden and collect organic materials to take back to the studios. This sensory experience will stimulate the imagination as participants create an abstract landscape painting using their collection of finds from the morning. Artworks will be framed in-house and ready to hang at home.

Leap Into the World of Animation

18 April 10am | Suitable for ages 9 – 12

Develop your animations skills in the Gallery’s specially designed animation workshop using the gallery iPads. Participants will learn skills about speed, stretching and bouncing as they construct a short animation about a bouncing bunny leaping through the seasons.

Teeny Tiny Clay Leaves

18 April 10am | Suitable for ages 5 – 8

Get messy these school holidays. Discover the textures and colours of the garden then head to the studios to sculpt, carve and mould clay into teeny tiny leaf bowls. Participants will then add a layer of paint celebrating the colours of autumn.

Reveal, Discover and Draw

23 April 10am | Suitable for ages 7 -11

Reveal pops of rainbow colour, shapes and textures whilst developing your drawing skills. Using bamboo sticks and pencils, participants will create their own scratch art drawing inspired by the drawing techniques from artist Roy Dalgarno on exhibition in Ancher House.

Cool Cardboard Sculptures

24 April 10am | Suitable for ages 6 – 9

Discover the lines, shapes and textures in artist Lyndon Dadswell’s Construction. Participants will then test out their balancing skills by constructing a 3 dimensional sculpture using just cardboard and glue!

Family Workshop – as part of the Friday Autumn Tots Club

26 April 10am | Suitable for ages 3-6

A special tot-sized experience for you and your little one where you will go on a discovery trail to find Aboriginal rock carvings hidden in the garden. Participants will then head to the studios to engrave a garden creature in clay! Adults don’t pay but must stay.

The Family Workshop is part of the Gallery’s Autumn Tots Club, returning on 26 April, running through till 17 May with special weekly tot-sized experiences for you and your little one. Each week at 11am during autumn, little ones will learn about art through stories, exhibition tours and hands-on art making in the studio. The program will stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity as they increase their recognition of shapes, colour and textures whilst developing their fine motor skills, vocabulary and fostering confidence within a beautiful gallery setting.

Penrith Regional Gallery’s children’s workshops are run from within the Sonia Farley Studios onsite and throughout the Gallery’s artist-designed heritage gardens. All skill levels are welcome and children are encouraged to wear old clothes and bring a snack.

Bookings are Essential: call 4735 1100 or email

The Gallery is hoping to have online bookings available in 2019, but in the meantime, you’ll need to pay by credit card over the phone in order to book.

Penrith Regional Gallery is open daily 9am – 5pm, and is at 86 River Road, Emu Plains.

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