Kickstart your child's imagination with drawing and stories at the Kids' Big Book Spectacular. Run by the State Library of Victoria and presented in partnership with the Australian Children's Literature Alliance, this free event is packed with inspiring workshops run by some of Australia's top children's book authors and illustrators.
The activities are aimed at children aged eight to twelve and encourage your child's vivid imagination. From learning to create your own stories, to drawing and inventing characters, they'll be plenty to do.
Four creative workshops will be run at The Courtyard, which include a line-drawing workshop with Leigh Hobbs and silhouette workshop with Ann James. They'll also be a collage basket workshop with Kylie Dunstan. Leigh Hobbs is an artist and author best known for his unique and quirky children's book characters such as Old Tom, Mr. Chicken and Horrible Harriet.
For young comic book artists, a giant easel and chalkboard will be set up in the Library Forecourt to encourage doodling and free expression. Illustration sessions will also be curated by performer and comic book maker Bernard Caleo, who will teach kids how to create their own comic book characters. Bernard is an expert in comics who began making books in the early 1990s, and has since launched his own imprint, Cardigan Comics.
Bernard Caleo, as astronomer Robert Ellery
They'll also be lots happening at Experimedia with great drop-in activites. Children will be able to create their own creature using a variety of shapes and collage materials, and then select the ultimate holiday destination for their creature.
Be sure to check out the travelling exhibition of original artwork from Australian picture books, including illustrations by Alison Lester, Ann James, Mark Wilson, Bob Graham, David Miller and Judy Watson. The exhibition includes preliminary drawings and developmental work which will give visitors an insight into the process of picture book illustrations.
Kids and adults will also have the chance to meet the special guest, the 2016 Australian Children's Laureate, who is yet to be announced. A pop-up exhibition of their work will be showing at the Keith Murdoch Gallery on the day.
Old Tom by Leigh Hobbs
Once you've exhausted your creative energy, relax on the library lawn, which will be set up with bean bags, picnic rugs and crates of books so children and families can read and relax in comfort.
Don't miss out on these great day of fun and imagination. Spaces are limited for each workshop so bookings are highly recommended.