KOT24 Promotional Poster A2 mediumIt’s Free: This January, the National Gallery of Victoria comes to you through NGV Kids on Tour! Enjoy free art-making activities at over 130 venues across metropolitan and regional Victoria, including the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House. Bring the whole family and enjoy a creative hour. For activities at other venues, visit ngv.melbourne/kids.

Please note that this is a co-learning activity designed for children aged 4+ (and primary school-aged children) where parents and carers are core support for their child to explore and discover together. Assistance from an accompanying adult is required throughout the session. Bookings essential and are required for all children attending. 

More information about the activities is available below.

REGISTER NOW (all 4 sessions are identical, so please only register for one session)

Session 1: 9.30 am - 10.30 am, Wednesday 24 January - REGISTER NOW

Session 2: 10.30 am - 11.30 am, Wednesday 24 January - REGISTER NOW

Session 3: 9.30 am - 10.30 am, Thursday 25 January - REGISTER NOW

Session 4: 10.30 - 11.30 am, Thursday 25 January - REGISTER NOW

NGV Kids on Tour is supported by Event Partner Officeworks.

Booking more than one child

Bookings are essential and are required for all children attending. Please note that our online system only records the email address and name of the accompanying adult and only one booking can be made per email address. We recognise that this is not ideal for booking more than one child into the activity and we are working on improvements to this system. If you would like to book more than one child, please register the adult in the activity and then email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to let us know how many children will be attending so we can include them in the numbers. We have accounted for this in the number of places available to register online (we have kept some aside for additional children).

Please also note that the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House will reopen for Term 1 on Tuesday 23 January with limited staff. We are keeping an eye on the emails about this activity and aim to respond promptly to confirm places for additional children.

About the activities

Designed to ignite the imagination and encourage creativity, The National Gallery of Victoria has collaborated with artists and designers to create a series of workshops for children and families.

NGV Melbourne NOW Portraits 49crop smallACTIVITY 1 - Remaking Home: Collage activity

ARTISTS: Gracia and Louise

Artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison have been collaborating as collective, Gracia and Louise for more than twenty years. The duo are also wildlife carers and in their Melbourne home care for small native mammals including the grey-headed flying fox. The artists love creating with paper and through their art they produce artists’ books, zines, collages, prints and drawings that demonstrate their respect and deep interest in the natural world. One of Gracia and Louise’s recent artworks used over 100 art works from the NGV Collection, creating a new scene of a pocket from restored eucalyptus forest, which is the habitat of the Grey-headed flying fox. Relating to this artwork, in the Remaking Home activity everyone can create their own collage while learning about this critically important creature and its habitat by cutting and pasting images of native Australian plants and animals selected by the artists.

AGE GROUP: Ages 4+ years (young children may need the help of an adult)

ACTIVITY 2 - Meet the Fantastic Grey-headed Flying Fox: Drawing activity

ARTISTS: Gracia and Louise

Gracia and Louise are artists and wildlife carers. At their home in Melbourne, they look after small native mammals including Grey-headed flying foxes. In this activity, young children and their families can draw a Grey-headed flying fox together and find out interesting facts about this often misunderstood furry mammal along the way.

AGE GROUP: Suitable for children aged 6 years and under with adult supervision.

Image: Gracia & Louise with their work The remaking of things 2023 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square. Photo: Tim Carrafa

NGV Melbourne NOW Portraits 6 1 crop smallACTIVITY 3 - To Become Light: Drawing and construction activity

ARTIST: Jenna Lee

Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and Karajarri Saltwater woman with Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Jenna explores her identity through her artwork by creating sculpture and installations that builds on her father’s teachings of culture and the crafts she learned from her mother.

For her artwork Balarr (to become light), Jenna collaborated with Japanese lantern makers, Kojima Shōten, to make a series of paper lanterns shaped in the style of Gulumerridjin’ dilly bags.

Inspired by this artwork children can discover the special symbols Jenna has painted on her lanterns and complete their own lantern and dilly bag drawings with symbols of their identity.

AGE GROUP: Ages 3+ years (young children may need adult help to assemble).

Image: Artist Jenna Lee with her work Balarr (to become light) 2022 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square. Photo: Tim Carrafa


ARTS028768 crop smallACTIVITY 4 - Inspiration Train: Drawing activity

ARTISTS: Daniel Emma 

Australian designers Daniel To and Emma Aiston aka Daniel Emma, have been designing products for over a decade. Based in Adelaide, Daniel Emma creates a large variety of products ranging from desk objects, furniture, lighting to installations.

You see a peanut; we see a table! Daniel Emma is inspired by the different parts and shapes of something that already exists, such as a peanut when they design a new object. In this drawing activity that encourages creativity and problem-solving skills, children can design an object inspired by their favourite food using Daniel Emma’s tips and tricks

AGE GROUP: Ages 4+ years (young children may need the help of an adult).

Image: Designers Daniel To and Emma Aiston of Daniel Emma inside Up, Down and All Around: Daniel Emma for Kids at NGV International, 2023. 


EXHI069506 1 crop smallACTIVITY 5 - Underwater Drawing Club: Drawing activity

ARTIST: Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien is a Paris-based artist who has presented his work around the world, expressing his ideas and observations through a lens of humour, playfulness and positivity. From large-scale public installations, painting, and photography, to books, video and clothing, his creative outputs are characterised by black brushstrokes paired with a bold block colour.

Inspired by the artist’s childhood trips to the beach and a passion for caring for the marine environment, Jean Jullien has collaborated with NGV to create children’s exhibition RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids.

In this drawing activity children can create their own drawings of their favourite sea creature in Jullien’s bold and playful style.

RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids is presented as part of NGV Triennial 2023, on display at NGV International from 3 December 2023 – 7 April 2024.

AGE GROUP: Ages 4+ years (young children may need the help of an adult).

Image: Portrait of artist Jean Jullien 2023 © Jean Jullien

TRIENNIAL JULLIEN OCTOPUS 1 smallACTIVITY 6 - Who lives in the sea?: Reading Activity

Artist Jean Jullien loves the ocean! In this book he has drawn some of his favourite sea creatures for young children to explore with their loved ones. From a spiky sea urchin to a big blue whale, in this book dive under the waves, discover who lives under the sea and begin a life-long adventure with art, books and reading.

AGE GROUP: Ages 3+ years.

Illustration by Jean Jullien

The book will be available for families to read and may be read as a group if appropriate.