Art Gallery invites students to take to the skies for summer workshop

THE Art Gallery of Ballarat invites children to participate in arts and crafts workshops as part of its YoungArts Summer Holiday Program.

Local artists will take the classes, getting children to be hands-on and creative in a non-school environment.

Ballarat artist Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling will run workshops for the children.

She will take the group to look at the 1951 Tower of Babel painting by Desiderius Orban for inspiration before creating their own tower. 

“I like working with towers and colour so that’s what I’m going to try and get the kids to do,” Ms O’Shannessy-Dowling said.

“We’ll use the image as inspiration to build our own colourful and hands-on tower.”

In the workshop, children will design their own box, with the boxes created into a tower at the end of the workshop.

The tower will be displayed in the Gallery’s Lydiard Street window. 

Other workshops include felting with Megan Fromholtz, exploring the collection with Chris Ellis, up-cycling with Mark Maxwell, summer surrealism with Kellie Maddaford, ganawarra (black swan) with Deanne Gilson, paper marbling with Maggie Dannatt and a two day workshop batik with Michael Nichols and Carla Maxwell.