I accompanied my son to the Goodman Arts Centre during the June holidays. It was organised by his childcare at MY World (Sims). That was my first visit there and I had oodles of fun.
We started the visit with a tour around the centre to admire the art pieces that have been created by various artists. I was impressed with the guide who took us around. She asked good questions which sparked the students’ interests, encouraging the children to think and be creative with their answers. From how high do you think this structure is to what idea is the artist trying to convey, children (and even adults) were enthused to think and imagine. Without being told what and how to think certainly gives a breath of fresh air. I was treated to a spurt of spontaneous and uninhabited responses from the children.
And Yes! I was having a lot of fun interacting with the art pieces. But, the highlight of the trip was actually the pottery class. We were shown the art of pottery making, using the wheel throwing technique. When Hazel, the coordinator demonstrated the technique, it was simply awesome. I marvelled at the ease in which her deft hands commanded the clay into various forms, shapes and sizes. You should have seen the expressions on the children’s faces. They unanimously called it ‘magic’.
I was a little disappointed that I was not going to have a go on the wheel but we were all given a palm-sized slab of clay and taught some simple ways of moulding. Well, the clay didn’t submit to my kneading as easily as it did in Hazel’s! Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of kneading the clay into shape. This was how my creation turned out.
My son decided to make a dinosaur. I was too busy kneading mine to take good pictures for him.
Next, we painted our creations.
Our creations couldn’t be brought home yet. They had to be glazed first. Nope. This last step was not going to be done by us. We said goodbyes to our creations and began our long wait of four weeks before they would be ready for collection.
Took some pictures of the graffiti art before I left. Beautiful, aren’t they? I like how familiar characters morphed according to the imaginations of the artists.
Parents, if you are thinking of bringing your kiddos there, do bring along insect repellent. I was bitten there! Be sure to take photographs. This one below is my favourite: different effect taken from a different hole. Have fun!
If you are looking for a place to chill, CAFE Melba located within the centre may be a good choice. I have not tried it yet but it certainly looks inviting. There is a children’s dining area, fitted with kid-friendly furniture, a small playground and a trampoline! Every Monday, a bouncy castle is set up. Kids can also look forward to an art jamming session and eat for free ALL DAY on Monday with the purchase of a main meal! The cafe is so thoughtful. Parents can finally eat in peace. I am sure going to visit this cafe soon.
I paid $20 and my son paid $12. Fee includes, transport, the tour and the pottery class. I was told our pottery class was heavily subsidised by the National Arts Council. The original cost is $55 for a 2-hour pottery session. You can find more details at www.bookeo.com/goodmanceramics. Thank you MY World (Sims) for organising this enriching trip.