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Workshops 2011-2013

A colour image of a decorated tile.

Music at the Museum

The Museum continued its popular series of music programs in 2013 for preschool-aged children with or without a disability.

Past workshops

A little creative

Preschool-aged children were inspired by the brightly coloured bunting, toys, dress-up costumes and paper dolls from 100 years ago in the Glorious Days exhibition and then came and made their own paper doll bunting to take home. May 2013.

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A little creative photos on Flickr

16-frames per second

Aspiring young filmmakers and actors put together this black and white silent film, 'Follow Your Dreams'. This workshop was inspired by the National Museum's Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition. 'Follow Your Dreams' includes 1913 film footage from the National Film and Sound Archive, and objects and props from the Glorious Days exhibition. May 2013.

Night at the Museum

Puppeteers Marianne and Jonathon Metes and some of our young visitors made puppets inspired by the Big objects on show in the Hall, and watched them come to life in a spontaneous performance. January 2013.

The characters within

Cartoonist Andrew Hore showed children how to draw the Big objects on show in the Hall in cartoon style, and posed for photographs featuring their works of art in blue backdrops. January 2013.

The characters within photos on Flickr

A little creative: animal sculptures

Preschool-aged children visited the inspiring animal sculptures in the Menagerie exhibition, then made a model of their own favourite animal with air-dry clay and other cool materials in the craft area. August 2012.

Thumbnail sized images of children participating in art and craft activities.

A little creative photos on Flickr

A little creative: musical instruments

Preschoolers and their families enjoyed a hands on experience of the musical instruments in the Travelling the Silk Road exhibition and then created their own Silk Road style drum using lots of exciting materials. July 2012.

Thumbnail sized images of children participating in art and craft activities.

A little creative photos on Flickr

From the ground up

Indigenous artist Helen Tiernan helped children create artworks inspired by the colourful natural world, patterns in the landscape and Indigenous themes in the Museum. Children used ochres, paint, collage and stamps to create some awesome artworks. July 2012.

Thumbnail sized images of children participating in a mixed media workshop

From the ground up photos on Flickr

Paper-making workshop: journey journal

Artist Nicolette Benjamin Black showed children how to use recycled denim and plant fibres to make paper, similar to that traded along the Silk Road. Children incorporated their handmade paper into their own travel journal to take on their next journey. April 2012.

Thumbnail sized images of children participating in a workshop

Paper-making workshop photos on Flickr

Canberra Glassworks logo and tile

Silk Road glass tile-making

Artists from the Canberra Glassworks helped children create their own glass tiles, inspired by the colours and patterns used by glass artisans of the Silk Road. 2012. 

Movie making workshops: Yesterday’s museum videos

Children became journalists of the future and reported on the National Museum’s 30th birthday in 2031. Using iMacs, a green screen and Museum objects, children worked in small teams with a facilitator from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to create a digital broadcast of the future.

Upcycling art workshop: videotape art

What can we do with out-dated technology like video and cassette tapes, rather than put it into landfill? Upcycling sculpture artist Ali Aedy guided children on techniques to repurpose and transform redundant old technology into new art. October 2011.