Gallery’s creativity draws all ages together for home activities
NORTHERN Rivers Community Gallery is sharing free online programs that encourage the whole community to be creative while at home.
"In response to being required to close our doors, we have adapted our programs to provide free resources to our community. We hope it will foster continued creativity at home," acting gallery coordinator Melitta Firth said.
Bright Sparks @ Home free weekly creative activities have been adapted as online resources and inspiration for teachers and parents. Emailed directly to your inbox, each activity sheet is a resource for creative online schooling and includes step-by-step instructions and tips for parents and teachers to help guide children through the activity.
Developed by professional educators, for students aged between eight and 15, activities have been adapted from NRCG's school engagement programs and explore art-making, art appreciation and creative writing based on two broad themes: arts and literacy, and art and environment.
"We have also adapted our Bold Sparks Lifelong Learning Program, which is a monthly visual arts program for people in aged care facilities,'' Ms Firth said.
"These sessions can't currently run at the gallery, so instead we will be sharing free fortnightly activities to support aged care providers and other residents who are interested to do the activities at home.''
Each two-hour session explores different themes, art materials and approaches through fun, hands-on activities and includes instructions, photos and discussion questions, and links to support staff to guide activities.
Visit the NRCG website and follow the links to Creative Learning - Online Learning to sign up and start receiving your free art activities.
"Stay tuned for our other exciting programs,'' Ms Firth said. "The gallery will be celebrating selected at-home creations through Ap[art] on our social media platforms. Physically we are apart but collectively we can express our individual experiences through art - Ap[art].''
For more information, go to nrcgballina.com.au or phone 02 6681 0530.
The gallery is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.