Caloundra gallery invites families to enjoy free fun day
Cartoonist Michael Leunig is among well-known Australian artists who will inspire children these school holidays during a special all-day event at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery.
The gallery is hosting a free day of family activities simultaneously with Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) on Saturday 17 January from 10.30am till 2.30pm.
Kids: Contemporary Australia on Tour is a special event that ties in with GoMA's current exhibition 'Contemporary Australia: Optimism.'
The Caloundra event will feature interactive activities for children and families created by a number of artists in the "Optimism" exhibition, including Gemma Smith, Kathy Temin and Robert MacPherson.
During the day, participants will complete activities devised by leading artists to create paintings, drawings and 3-D works that express optimism in all its guises.
For example, they can be inspired by artist Gemma Smith to create a large 3-D installation using glowing fluorescent shapes set in a darkened space.
Another artist, Kathy Temin, gives a new twist to an old childhood favourite by inviting kids to use fuzzy felt to create their own landscapes.
Others may be drawn to cartoonist Michael Leunig's contribution to the "Optimism" exhibition, which engages young minds through a large-scale painting exploring optimistic thoughts and stories especially for kids.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery director John Waldron said the day was a rare chance for children to create their own works guided by some of Australia's leading artists.
"We expect the gallery to be buzzing all day with creative young minds at work on some stunning interpretations of what it means to be optimistic in contemporary Australia," he said.
"There is no need to book -- families are invited to drop in at any time and take part."
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra
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