Creativity comes out of the bag during Under 8s Week
UNDER Eights Week was celebrated nationally last week and Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum put on some popular kids' art sessions.
Dressed in little aprons, more than 10 under-eights had big dreams for art class on Tuesday.
The gallery hosted three art club workshops, with kids eager to get their hands messy and decorate paper shopping bags.
Sue Daw and gallery public programs and promotions officer Madeleine Cook ran the activity, with a special quest visit from Early Childhood Network's Lyn Hughes.
Ms Hughes said she was delighted to see such a great turnout.
"Historically, Under Eights Week has been big in Australia and today represents that," she said.
"What we try to provide, along with the other Gladstone organisations, is a chance for the kids to get out there and take up the opportunities this town has on offer."
Taking to hand painting effortlessly was Tallulah Marsh, 5, who created two bags, one of a blue whale and another of a tiger.
"They're my favourite animals," she said. "I'm going to use my bag to take to Toyworld and fill it up."
Another budding artist, Sakura Ennis, said she painted a red apple on her paper bag.
She said the activity was really fun.
Playground Queensland regional representative Debbie Flaherty couldn't spruik the benefits of socialising enough.
"In the early years of life it's critical for a child's development to have quality creative and play time with both mum and others," she said.
"Learning is adaptable - it can be at home, at a park, anywhere."
Ms Cook said the classes were the first chance for some of the younger kids to step away from their parents and let the creativity flow.