HANDS UP FOR FUN: Early Childhood Network’s Lyn Hughes with Darren Fei, 7, Anupam Peetha, 7, and Nirupam Peetha, 7.
HANDS UP FOR FUN: Early Childhood Network’s Lyn Hughes with Darren Fei, 7, Anupam Peetha, 7, and Nirupam Peetha, 7. Paul Braven GLAKID

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.

Tallulah Marsh and Zac Roby are feeling a little blue.
Tallulah Marsh and Zac Roby are feeling a little blue.

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.

Sakura Ennis painted an apple on her bag.
Sakura Ennis painted an apple on her bag.

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.



POODLE LOVE: All paws on deck for new monthly meet-up

premium_icon POODLE LOVE: All paws on deck for new monthly meet-up

'I love poodles and it was a fun thing to do'

A gem of a show on offer this weekend

premium_icon A gem of a show on offer this weekend

Bespoke jeweller set to excite with latest collection.

Conservation council concerned for Round Hill Creek dredging

premium_icon Conservation council concerned for Round Hill Creek dredging

'You're going to just have to keep dredging and keep spending'.