Kids' art workshops at Wollongong gallery

Aden Carmichael, 8, with artist and workshop educator Tina MacKander, transforms clay into monsters at the Wollongong Art Gallery. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Aden Carmichael, 8, with artist and workshop educator Tina MacKander, transforms clay into monsters at the Wollongong Art Gallery. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Wondering what to do with the kids these school holidays?

The Wollongong Art Gallery has workshops for ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 14, where youngsters can use their imaginations and a range of styles and mediums to create art.

"We make the workshop as fun as possible so it encourages the children to keep doing art at home," artist and workshop educator Tina MacKander said.

The class on Thursday involved drawing, print making and clay work.

"The art programs are great because they allow the kids to get outside away from computers, be more creative, learn new skills and make friends," Ms MacKander said.

"It gives the children a lot of confidence because they say: 'Look what I made'."

The children enjoyed the Monster Mash workshop and wanted to do more classes.

"I like art because it makes me happy and I can be creative and make new friends," Aden Carmichael, 8, said.

Artemisia James, 9, agreed.

"Art is fun because I can use my imagination and use lots of different material," she said.

Ms MacKander said the gallery had workshops for all ages, from preschoolers to retirees.

"Art brings people together as a community," she said.

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