Elyshia-Maree Polkinghorne, six, shows off the creation she made during a school holiday workshop at Rockhampton Art Gallery on Saturday.
Elyshia-Maree Polkinghorne, six, shows off the creation she made during a school holiday workshop at Rockhampton Art Gallery on Saturday. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Kids pour art and soul into it

IT was hard to get this budding artist to leave the Rockhampton Art Gallery on Saturday.

Yeppoon’s Elyshia-Maree Polkinghorne, six, and her sister Jana-May, 10, spent hours tapping into their creative side.

It’s something their father Kevin says they have a flare for.

For four hours it was all about arts, crafts and creating stories for the Polkinghorne family, thanks to the Kids’ Summer Spectacular workshop.

Mr Polkinghorne yesterday praised the workshop, giving it 15 out of 10.

He said he had taken his daughters to the art gallery because they were interested in art, but also because it was a free event.

And when he got there, he said he was blown away by everything there was to do.

There were about 10 different work stations that incorporated cutting, gluing, using stickers and colouring.

Mr Polkinghorne said the best thing was it also encouraged the kids to think and tell a story through their art.

“At one station they had to select stickers to place on green cardboard that told a story,” he said.

“It made them think and gave them their own choices. The different interpretations from the kids were good to see.

“My daughter did a dancing theme and the other told a story about when she rode a scooter at the skate park.”

Mr Polkinghorne said about 100 children participated in the workshop throughout the day.

The school holiday workshop at the Rockhampton Art Gallery was run in conjunction with Queensland Art Gallery and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.



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