SAM tape it acitivity proves popular with children at Maude St Mall

By Liz Mellino

Dozens of children tested their creativity with electrical tape yesterday, as part of Shepparton Art Museum’s summer school holiday program.

A large dance floor was erected in the Maude St Mall for children to enjoy some collaborative drawing as part of the Tape It free activity with artist Briony Barr.

The empty canvas was quickly filled with colourful drawings and abstract images, with children and parents enjoying the creative medium.

‘‘It’s really a nice activity for parents and children, it’s really about expanding your idea of what drawing can be and making it a more collaborative project,’’ Ms Barr said.

‘‘When you’re collaborating you can see what other people are doing and you can build on what someone has done ... it opens up the creative process.’’

Ms Barr has run similar drawing programs at museums and science institutions around Victoria, with each activity designed to expand participants’ drawing experiences.

At the end of the activity Ms Barr removes each individual piece of tape, which she then uses to form sculptures and other objects.

‘‘I try and not put any tape in the bin, I like to make sculptures and objects out of it ... I’ll rip up everything and I will make something and then photograph it and that becomes part of the work,’’ she said.

‘‘I try not to waste any materials and instead really value them.’’

‘‘The artwork doesn’t end with the drawings, it continues onto other stages.’’

The SAM summer school holiday program is on every day this week with different activities for children and families. For details or to book a spot, visit www.sheppartonartmuseum. com.au