This week, we ventured into the city by train to visit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). We were delighted to discover that the acclaimed Pastello – Draw Act kids’ exhibit was still running – it proved to be a fantastic, and free, event that even our under-one year olds enjoyed.
NGVforKIDS invited Melbourne-based Italian designers Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli (Mathery Studio) to create this interactive space especially for children and families. ‘Pastello’ is the Italian word for pastel or crayon, and the exhibit is rather aptly named, with crayons on every surface, as well as projected onto a screen in the main entry.
With the help of Melbourne designers and a local crayon factory, the designers have created a range of objects out of coloured wax for children to use as drawing materials across three drawing zones.
The concept of the exhibit is to turn the idea of drawing on its head; kids can strap on crayon-studded shoes and helmets to make their marks on the paper-covered walls. Crayon coated cutlery and ropes make for unusual drawing implements, and kids’ artwork can be pegged on the display wall when they’re done.
They’ll delight in seeing what marks they can make by swinging the big crayon pendulums, and pushing the enormous crayon ‘boulders’ back and forth. While our kids were too little to do this, they enjoyed watching us make marks using the crayon utencils, and, of course, crawling around on the astroturf floor!
According to the creators of the exhibit, they wanted to ‘create a fun, memorable and playful space that encourages children to think outside the box to reconsider the act of drawing’. But the Pastello – Draw Act exhibit will challenge every visitor’s idea of mark-making – big and small!
Where: Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
The exhibit runs until 31st August 2014, and entry is free.