Our Public Programs and Education Team have prepared a range of activities that you and your young creatives can do in the safety and comfort of your own home, whether you're looking for things to do while in lockdown or due to restrictions or if it's just a rainy day and you are stuck inside. We believe art has the capacity to heal and we hope you find joy in creating some of the fun activities we've prepared for you.
We know you are looking for activities for the kids that are both fun and educational at the same time so we've got loads of videos and activity sheets to engage the minds of your young creatives. Please note - not all videos have an accompanying worksheet but many of them do.
So have some fun, let us know what you like, what you need, and what the kids like too.
Or share your creations with us - we'd love to see photos or hear about your activities. Email us at email@example.com
ART EXPERIMENT: OOBLECK AND SOL LEWITT
This short art experiment introduces children to a non-Newtonian fluid called Oobleck and American artist, Sol LeWitt.
ART EXPERIMENT: RON MUECK AND SALT DOUGH
In this activity, you'll get to create your own play dough using salt, flour, water and food colouring.
Here are other ways of creating clay at home:
- Make Air Dry Clay
This short art activity encourages young artists to make air-dry clay using cornstarch, PVA glue and oil.
- Make Clay from Dirt
This activity teaches learners to make their own clay from dirt and water. In-depth steps include gathering dirt, filtering debris, extracting clay from a liquid mixture, then finally kneading and sculpting homemade clay! This activity promotes resourceful creative thinking and encourages environmental awareness.
NICK CAVE AND SOUNDSUITS
Our educator, Hanne is back in the CPAC Studio to introduce us to contemporary artist, Nick Cave and his Soundsuits.
MAKE A LAVA LAMP AT HOME
Discover the concepts of density and polarity by making your own lava lamp at home - using oil, water, food colouring and carbonated water. The worksheet for this activity also introduces young artists to Yayoi Kusama, an artist from Japan who is fascinated with using dots in her work.
LEARN ABOUT STOP-MOTION ANIMATION
Learn about stop-motion animation techniques with Florence. The activity sheet introduces young artists to artist Adam Pesapane (aka. PES) who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, for his stop motion film, Fresh Guacamole.
EXPLORE THE WORLD OF MANGA
Develop manga-illustration techniques with Florence. The accompanying worksheet will introduce young manga artists to Naoko Takeuchi's drawing style.
LEARN ABOUT CLAYMATION
In this video, Florence will show young artists ways that plasticine or modelling clay can be used for stop-motion animation.
DRAMA AND IMPROVISATION EXERCISES
In this series of videos, Amber Virtue will introduce young actors to exercises that will improve improvisation and characterisation. The accompanying worksheet provides more techniques that will develop storytelling skills.
LEARN ABOUT HENRI MATISSE
In this episode, Cayn Rosmarin (Casula Powerhouse's Public Programs Producer) tells us about Henri Matisse, one of her favourite artists. She also shows us how to create our own 3D artworks using colour and texture. Please note that this activity does not have a worksheet.
KOORI FLOOR ARTWORK
Use these activity sheets to learn more about our Koori Floor artwork, which was created by First Nations artist, Judy Watson. Click on the images to download a printable version.
MAKE YOUR OWN EASY CHALK
Use cornflour and food colouring to create chalk that you can use to create colourful sidewalk art.
BUILD YOUR OWN LIGHTBOX
This activity allows young artists to create their own lightbox using materials available at home. This can be used for taking photos and stop-motion videos.
ART EXPERIMENT: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY & BIOLOGY
Image by Cayn Rosmarin, Art for Candy, 2016
This short art experiment assists students in understanding the basics of biology, whilst being introduced to British artist Andy Goldsworthy - best known for his site-specific artworks.
JOHN WOLSELEY & WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
Designed for preschool-aged children, this activity aims to introduce young children to the abstract works of Australian artist John Wolseley.
INTRODUCTION TO YOSHI THE FISH
Janardhan Havanje, 2018. Yoshi the fish. Iron and plastic. Arabian Sea in Karnataka, India
This short art activity and artwork reflection promotes resourceful creative thinking and encourages environmental awareness.