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Workshops at gallery to entertain kids these holidays

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ALTHOUGH the Christmas and New Year's public holidays are nearly done, school holidays still have a number of weeks to go and entertaining the kids remains a challenge.

To give long suffering parents a helping hand and offer their kids something else to do than annoy their parents, Tweed River Art Gallery has organised a number of creative workshops.

Kids aged five and up are invited to go on a treasure hunt at the gallery and explore the facility and its exhibitions through a number of activities and questions.

Young Indiana Jones wannabees can collect a treasure map, pencils and a clipboard from reception before going on a tour of discovery and claiming a treasure at the end of the exploration.

The Kid's Summer Art Treasure Map & Trail event is free of charge and ends on Sunday, January 13.

Following the hunt for treasure, the gallery will start a number of ceramics & pottery workshops which will see two accomplished potters share their skills with kids of all ages.

Wheel throwing and other traditional pottery skills will be demonstrated on Sunday, January 13 from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm and the event is free of charge.

On Sunday, January 20, storyteller extraordinaire Jenni Cargill-Strong will tell Tales from under the Sea which include the stories of Shelley the Leatherback Turtle, the Mermaid of Byron and Kipling's How the Whale got his Throat.

Ms Cargill-Strong will hold two sessions suitable for all ages at 11.30 am and 12.30 pm and participants can show their gratitude by making a donation.

Next on the agenda is a ceramic tile workshop where kids can learn how to mould small clay sculptures of aquatic life such as mermaids, water dragons, fish, sharks and coral onto a ceramic tile.

The workshop, 3D Underwater World, for kids between six and 12, will be conducted by Marie France Rose on Tuesday, January 22 from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm and costs $51 to join.

The following day, Wednesday, January 23, aspiring photographers will have their day when Catherine Marciniak will conduct a digital photography workshop, Snapped: Looking Up.

Participant will use their own cameras to take photographs suitable for uploading to ABC Open website's monthly photography challenge and need to bring their own leads and manuals.

Snapped is for kids between nine and 18, is free of charge and will take place between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Staying with the aquatic life theme, on Thursday, January 24, the gallery will host a Sea Creatures and Plantlife workshop hosted by Ellie Beack which will see students create wearable artwork with fabric and hand stitching.

The workshop which costs $33, will be held from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm and aims to show kids, eight and older, how to create a compositional design that incorporates different colours, textures and embellishments to fashion unique jewellery.

Finally, on Sunday, January 27, a Simple Loom Weaving workshop for all ages and conducted by Jo Olive and Ellie Beck will be held from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm.

Participants will work with recycled materials and a simple loom to learn the basics of weaving and make a colourful circle in the process.

Children must be supervised by a parent or carer and although there is no charge, a donation would be appreciated.

Holiday workshop fees include all materials and children are encouraged to bring water, a hat, appropriate clothing including closed shoes and lunch or snacks as applicable to the Francis Mills Education Centre which is located some 15 metres to the left of the gallery's main entrance.

To book into 3D Underwater World or Sea Creatures and Plantlife contact the Gallery in person, telephone 02 6670 2790 or email tweedart@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

For Snapped: Looking Up please contact Catherine Marciniak directly on telephone 02 6627 2014 or email abcopen.northcoast.nsw@abc.net.au.



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