Kids do the Monster Mash

ARTISTIC children will have the chance to put Frankenstein’s monster to shame when the Tweed River Art Gallery holds the Monster Mash workshop next week.

It is part of a week of activities for children before they head back to school at the end of the month.

Artists Michelle Dawson and Hilary Herrmann will be on hand on Tuesday, January 12 for the workshop, which uses descriptions of monsters from mythology as a starting point before participants create two-dimensional monsters of their own using collage, rubbings, drawings and paintings.

The gallery will also be running the Creatures in Clay workshop on Monday. January 11, where tutor France Boissonneault will teach the hand-building techniques required to construct three-dimensional characters from clay.

The Telling Tales workshop on Wednesday January 13 will teach children how to construct, write and present their own stories.

“Storyteller extraordinaire Jenni Cargill-Strong will demonstrate how a basic tale can come alive through building the structure and then adding inventive embellishment,” public programs curator Anouk Beck said.

“She will help children to work with their memories: sifting and sorting to find inspiration for their own story to tell and write,” she said.

There will also be a free story-telling session with Ms Cargill-Strong on Thursday, January 14 at 11am and 12.30pm.

All workshops include the materials and equipment required. Children should bring water and food. Call the gallery for bookings and costs on (02) 6670 2790.



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