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Events and activities

Events and activities

The National Museum presented the following public workshops to celebrate the Hidden in Plain View exhibition.

Hidden in Plain View: Drop in sessions

Image of watercolour painting of moss growing on myrtle.

Friday 18, Saturday 19, Sunday 20 and Monday 21 April 2008
10am - 12 noon and 2-4pm
Join the staff from the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens to explore fungi, lichens and mosses using a variety of drawing materials. Suitable for children aged 6 years and over.

No bookings required
The Hall, National Museum of Australia

Image: Papillaria sp. growing on Nothofagus cunninghamii. Anita Barley. Watercolour on paper, 1985. State Botanical Collection.

Mushrooms, Stinkhorns, Cannonball fungi and more

Thursdays – 1 May to 3 July, 2.30 - 3.30pm

also repeated on:
Sundays – 4 May to 6 July, 11.00am - 12 noon

Discover that there is more to mushrooms than meets the eye. Heino Lepp, Honorary Associate at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, will reveal the astonishing world of the fungal kingdom in this popular nine week series of talks. Topics will range from fungal lifestyles and ecology to fungi and people, and spend some time looking at fungi in the gardens. No previous fungal or botanical knowledge necessary!

Venue: Australian National Botanic Gardens theatrette
Bookings essential through their Visitor Information 02 6250 9540.

Forgotten Flora: Botanical workshop

Saturday 10 May 2008, 10am - 3pm
Focus on the botanical world at your feet!

Explore unusual flora including fungi, lichens and mosses in the Hidden in Plain View exhibition, then work with artist Lyn Turner to create your own expressive artwork from botanical specimens. Suitable for adults of all artistic ability.

Cost (includes all materials): $20 per person
Participants provide own lunch
Novell Yowie Room, National Museum of Autralia

Lyn Turner studied printmaking at the Australian National University School of Art, has taught drawing at the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology, and for many years taught general and life drawing in the ANU School of Art's Visual Arts Access Program for the public.

Seduced by the immediacy and tactile qualities of drawing, Lyn's favourite media are charcoal, ink, pastel and watercolour. Her practice these days consists of collecting information in her growing library of sketchbooks.

Lyn enjoys introducing students to the formal and expressive qualities of drawing and her structured classes cater to both beginner and advanced students.


Funky Flora: Workshop

Wednesday 16 April 2008, 10am – 12 noon and 2–4pm
Discover poisonous fly-killing mushrooms and find out about tiny mosses with teeth in this botanical drawing workshop with artist Waratah Lahy. Suitable for children aged 6 years and over.

10am – 12 noon: 6–9 years
2–4pm: 10–12 years

Cost (includes all materials): $5 per child
Bookings essential on (02) 6208 5021
Novel Yowie Room, National Museum of Australia