Museum of Brisbane

School’s out! Holiday activities at the Museum


Escape the heat and give your kids a dose of culture this school holidays by planning a visit to Museum of Brisbane.  We’ve put together a list here of activities and workshops at the Museum suitable for a range of ages, and guaranteed to cure any school holiday boredom!

For the littlies:

Children’s Christmas collage workshop

Inspired by Stephen Nothling’s playful and quirky artworks in The last street in Highgate Hill, children can make their own Christmas cards and decorations to take home and hang on the tree. Using collage techniques, they can learn how to create images using a mixture of objects, cut outs and their own drawings.

10am – 1pm daily, 14 – 18 December.  Free, no bookings required.

Playing with light: Stained-glass window workshop

Children can discover the art of playing with light by exploring one of William Bustard’s stained-glass creations in this hands-on workshop designed especially for them.  Each child can create their very own stained-glass artwork to take home and hang in their window.

Artist William Bustard was the master of capturing Brisbane’s distinctive sense of light through his watercolour paintings and stained-glass windows, and his work is currently on display at the Museum.

10am – 1pm daily, 11 – 15 January.  Free, no bookings required.

Little Lens activity booklet

Available as a free download or printed copy from the Museum reception, this booklet is designed to engage both parents and children with the photographs in the exhibition Robyn Stacey: Cloud Land.  Your children will learn about the camera obscura technique, find the hidden landmarks, complete the dot to dot and discover the stories of the people in the photographs. Designed for children aged 5-13, this booklet can be done independently or with parental assistance.

For the young emerging artists:

En plein air watercolour workshop

Also inspired by William Bustard: Painting with light, this workshop led by Brisbane artist Maria Field will teach your teenagers how to master similar techniques to those used by Bustard to create captivating landscapes and visual chronicles of Brisbane.  They will conquer the ‘where do I start!?’ question and learn how to simplify the scene. Focal points, drawing, colour choices, tone, light and shadows, counter change, depth and texture will be covered.

10:30am – 2:30pm, 9 January.  Tickets are $40 plus booking and transaction fee, bookings required.

Robyn Stacey: Cloud Land – short story competition

We are calling for young writers aged between 12 and 18 years to enter our short story competition inspired by Robyn Stacey: Cloud Land.  After visiting the exhibition, entrants are encouraged to select a particular image to use as stimulus for their story.  Up to 10 finalists will be short-listed and their short stories will be placed on the Museum of Brisbane website for the winner to be voted by the general public, with the winner receiving vouchers from Queens Plaza, Folio Books, and Museum of Brisbane shop at a combined value of $300.

Entries close 5pm Sunday 13 March 2016 (AEST).

The Museum will be open 10am – 5pm every day across the school holidays, except for Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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