All little hands on deck

February 22, 2018

Akira Fujimoto, 4, enjoyed painting with a sponge.

Maggie Wang, 5, and mother Stephanie Zhang (right) worked together on creating a masterpiece.

Angela Meyers with her children Jayla, 5, and Jye, 1.

Belinda Black and son Max Parker, 2.

Mackenzie Herezo, 2, was all smiles at the workshop.

Little hands were put to good work yesterday morning, getting creative as part of a pre-school art workshop.

Run as part of the Shepparton Art Museum Little Hands program, budding artists enjoyed the hands-on experience using paint and transfer paper.

SAM marketing co-ordinator Amina Barolli said the fortnightly classes gave children and their carers time to bond while making something special.

‘‘The kids go and see an exhibition in the museum to get some inspiration,’’ she said.

‘‘They then come in and learn to do a similar technique to what they have just seen.’’

Children viewed the drawing wall by Rosa Purbrick on display at the museum, using her techniques of paint and paper to create their own masterpieces.

Briana Herezo brought her two-year-old daughter Mackenzie along to the session, saying it provided an opportunity for her to get creative in a different environment other than at home.

‘‘It is great to have her see other people create things as well, along with learning new skills and techniques,’’ she said.

SAM also runs after-school art clubs fortnightly on Tuesday from 4pm to 5.30pm for primary school students.

Ms Barolli encouraged everyone to come along and allow their children to explore sensory play and get messy.

‘‘The classes allow children to be little artists themselves,’’ she said.

SAM little hands runs fortnightly from 10.30am to 11.15am. For more information and to book, visit http://www.shepparton

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