Friday, February 4, 2011

Chinese painting workshops for kids

Happy New Year of the Rabbit!
If you haven't yet been to the Look! exhibition and you are interested in kids' books, particularly the illustrations, I suggest you get yourselves down to the State Library and wander through this inspiring exhibition. I'm sure you'll find plenty of your favourite picture books and illustrators on display. I even have a couple of illustrations in the show - from my very first picture book, 'Fang Fang's Chinese New Year'.
While you are there, don't forget to watch the video presentation towards the back of the exhibition, where several picture book artists talk about the techniques they use in their work. Here's a shortcut. (Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to see the three minute videos.)
In conjunction with the exhibition, the State Library are running free workshops for kids over several weekends. I am teaching two Sundays of Chinese brush and ink workshops later this month. If you have kids who think might like to try something new, book them in!
The details are below:

Painting with Sally Rippin

Sunday 13 February 2011, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday 13 February 2011, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sunday 20 February 2011, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday 20 February 2011, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Tel: 03 8664 7099
Venue: Queen's Hall, Level 3

Join Sally Rippin to explore the art of Chinese brush-and-ink painting. Make your own pictures using ancient techniques that are fun to do, and learn about Chinese art and culture.

Recommended for children aged five to 12 years.

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