Winter Masterpieces is back at the National Gallery of Victoria with one of the best known artists in the world- Van Gogh!
This exhibition starts with a short film that has been shot on location in the Netherlands, France and here in Victoria. It looks at Van Gogh's relationship with the seasons and sets up the theme of the rest of the exhibition.
Prints owned by Van Gogh are on display as well as a large collection of his own paintings.
The NGV has made a lovely children's art book to accompany the exhibition that I think really helps the kids get into the exhibition. Ravi was trying to match the paintings in the book to those on the walls and there are some activities to do in the book as well.
Several of the artworks have a 'for kids' sign with information aimed at being more accessible to younger art fans.
Tips for taking kids:
1. Get there early to avoid the big crowds that will be sure to come.
2. Book tickets online so you don't need to line up.
3. Grab the Van Gogh, An Art Book for Kids before going in so the kids have an extra level of entertainment in the exhibition.
4. Visit the Uneasy Seasons kid's space afterwards for some hands on craft.
5. Keep an eye out for those 'for kids' signs to read together.
Keep in mind that this is a very traditional exhibition and not one aimed at younger children. I think there are many children out there that will definitely enjoy visiting, as Ravi (4) did today, but it won't be suited to all young gallery goers. We are returning on the weekend with both the kids (4&7) and expect they will have a wonderful time.