Arts Programs

Christmas Arts & Crafts with Mt Atkinson Art Club 

Mt Atkinson Xmas Activities

Bring on the festive cheer – get together with your loved ones at the Library and create your own Christmas and Festive season decorations and cards in arts workshops run by local artists from the Mt Atkinson Art Club. You can also create a Christmas decoration for the Melton Library & Learning Hub Christmas tree and keep an eye out for Roving Santa throughout the afternoon!

Take a look at the full program below and join us to celebrate this special time of year in a program that celebrates local talent, community and coming together through creativity!

All materials will be provided. Recommended for children aged six and over. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children at all times.

Presented by Melton Arts & Culture in collaboration with Melton Town Centre as part of the Christmas in Melton Town Centre program and Melton Libraries

Saturday 10 December | 1-3pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub
No bookings are required for this drop-in workshop.

Full Program

1:00-3:00pm Ornament Making & Christmas Tree Decorating
1:00-3:00pm Christmas Wreaths
1:00-3:00pm Christmas Cards
1:00-3:00pm Christmas Gift Wrapping
1:00-3:00pm Exhibition: Our Place, Our Community

Visit Mt Atkinson Art Group’s exhibition ‘Our Place, Our Community’ at the Library throughout the afternoon.

About Mt Atkinson Art Group

The Mt Atkinson Art Group is an inclusive, welcoming group that respects the diversity of those living in the Melton region, the abilities of each person and the environment they are a part of. Gathering weekly, members of the group enjoy the chance to try new art making mediums in a supportive and inclusive social environment. The group meet at Mt Atkinson Community Centre, a 100-year-old homestead located on 1.3 hectares of land and often work outside, enjoying the benefits of being creative in nature. There is no experience required to join Mt Atkinson Art Group, just a desire to be creative and enjoy the company of others.


NGV Kids on Tour

NGV Kids on Tour

Let’s Make Art these Summer School Holidays with Melton Arts & Culture’s NGV Kids programs!

NGV Kids on Tour offers children and families throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria the opportunity to engage with art and creativity through a range of free hands-on activities, games and workshops developed by the NGV.

The theme for this year’s program is ‘Let’s Make Art!’ The program shares activities from the NGV children’s exhibition and book of the same name Making Art: Imagine Everything Is Real which ran from June to October 2022. 

Check out what we have planned for CS Gallery and Melton Library & Learning Hub this summer. All activities have been specifically selected to compliment current Melton Arts & Culture exhibition programming.

Melton Library and Learning Hub

Make a Creature (ages 4-8 years)
Make a Creature

Create an exquisite corpse drawing inspired by Surrealist artist Remedios Varo! To create an exquisite corpse, children will take turns to draw sections of a body on a sheet of paper. Children will create their own surreal creatures using their collage and drawing skills!

Tuesday 10 January 2023 11am to 12:30pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub

Create a Portrait with Archer Davies (ages 8-12 years)
Create a Portrait

Drawing on techniques used by Melbourne-based artist Archer Davis, children will learn different portraiture styles to draw a subject’s face from life.

Thursday 12 January 2023 11am to 12:30pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub

Image Caption Top Right: Illustrations prepared for Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real, 2022. Image by Cally Bennett.  
Image Caption Bottom Right: A teen draws a portrait in a workshop with artist Archer Davies. Image by Tobias Titz

CS Gallery

Make a Collage (ages 4-8 years)
Make a Collage

Inspired by surrealists and the works in our current CS Gallery exhibition Wonderful-strong, children will experiment with colour and shape and cut and paste to make a colourful collage.

Tuesday 17 January 2023 11am to 12:30pm | CS Gallery

Character Design with Rubii Red (ages 8-12 years)

Character Design with Rubii Red

Children can learn the basics of character design and create the character of their dreams in this workshop devised by Melbourne- based artist Rubii Red, a proud Lama Lama woman from Cape York, Queensland. This workshop is a must for any children interested in Anime and comic books and are wanting to learn more about portraiture, abstract line work, character design and fan-art.

Thursday 19 January 2023 11am to 12:30pm | CS Gallery

Image Caption Top Right: Children use the Make a Collage activity to create collages. Photography by Tim Caraffa
Image Caption Bottom Right: A teen designs a character in a workshop with artist Rubii Red. Photo by Tim O’Connor

Parent supervision is required.

NGV Logo

NGV Kids on Tour is an initiative of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). To learn more about NGV Kids visit NGV Kids | NGV

Image Caption: Children use the Make a Collage activity to create collages. Photography by Tim Caraffa.

Wonderful-strong Exhibition Opening Event

Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Join us for the exhibition opening of Wonderful-strong by award winning artist and author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

Held at CS Gallery, this event will include an afternoon of interactive and drop-in family friendly arts activities designed by Maxine and will draw on the exhibition themes of the Black Lives Matter movement, joyful freedom of expression in Black and inclusive fashion, and celebration of black identities.

This event will follow a special Storytime with Maxine in CS Library at 12:30pm, for children (ages 3-6) to hear Maxine reading one of her own books.

Wednesday 18 January | 1:30pm - 3:30pm | CS Gallery

Image Credit: MAXINE BENEBA CLARKE Fashionista Page 12, 2018 | Published by Hachette Australia Watercolour pencil and magazine collage on textured cardstock 22.8cm x 30.6cm Courtesy of the artist.

Group Bookings

For group or community bookings, and all general enquiries contact:
Autumn Tansey, Arts Program Support Officer via email: or phone: 9747 5300.

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