School Holiday Workshops - MAD HEADS

Mon 25, Tue 26, Wed 27, Thu 28 & Fri 29 September 2017
10.30–11.30am, 12.00–1.00pm, 2.00–3.00pm

$10 per child. Payment required at time of booking.
Suitable for children ages 5–12years.
Learn more about Week 2 School Holiday Workshops: Magic Blueprints.

In this one hour workshop children will create pinch pots with modelling clay to make a 3D portrait. Children will explore a variety of techniques to make facial features and create a unique clay character.

Children's holiday workshops Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book my 4 year old into the workshops?
When we are thinking up a new idea for a workshop, we base it on what an 8 or 9 year old could reasonably do, and then we make sure the activity can be easily simplified or made more complex depending on the age of the participants. If you are confident your four year old would enjoy the experience, then this is fine, however you are required to stay and provide supervision and support for the child for the entirety of the workshop.

Can I book my 13 year into the workshops?
If your 13 year old is comfortable working amongst this age group or if you would like a 13 year old to join a younger sibling then it is fine. Please be aware however, we cannot allow children to sign themselves in or out of the workshops - you will still need to come into the Gallery to drop them off and pick them up.

Do I need to supply any materials for my child to participate in the workshops?
The Gallery supplies all the necessary materials for your child to participate in the workshops. Occasionally we may have one off workshops where children are required to bring in something from home; however, you will be notified of this upon booking.

Can my child participate in the workshops if they have specific needs?
Absolutely. We want to work closely with parents and caregivers to make it the best possible experience for the child, so it’s a good idea to call us to book so we can talk about your child's individual needs. If your child would be more comfortable or supported, you are welcome to stay for the workshop to assist them.

Do I need to book my child in advance or can I just show up on the day?
Bookings are required in advance. Our school holiday workshops book out very fast; to ensure you secure the place you want contact us as soon as you can, but it is also possible to take bookings on the day or the day before. Please note, your booking is not confirmed until payment has been made.

Is my place secured if I book via email?
If you are booking via email please note that it does not automatically secure your place - also, please be aware the email account is monitored during office hours Monday to Friday. You will receive an email from our Gallery staff confirming your booking and directing you to make payment. If you are unsure about your booking, we encourage you to call our friendly staff.

Do I need to arrive early for the workshop?
The workshops start on time, so we advise you arrive 5-10 minutes early to sign your child in and get set up before the workshop begins.

Do I need to stay with my child for the workshop?
You do not need to stay with your child during the workshop. Our Gallery Educators are very experienced and do a great job at running the workshops. You can take the opportunity to have an hour to wander around the exhibitions; grab a coffee nearby or shop on Darby St, alternatively you are welcome to stay nearby and watch things happening.

Will there be photos taken at the workshops?
We do generally have a photographer capturing all of the excitement during our workshops. You will be asked upon booking if you give permission for your child to be photographed. If you do not approve photography, we will make sure no photos of your child are taken on the day. These photographs will often be used on our website or in a flyer to promote future workshops - but if you prefer your child not to be photographed that can be easily accommodated.

Do I need to pack food and drinks for my child?
We have a very strict food and drinks policy in the Gallery, so we advise you eat before you come. We have water available for the children throughout the workshop to avoid children losing their special drink bottles.

Can I get a refund if I can't make it on the day? 
We will happily provide a refund if notified with 48 hours' notice or more. During the 48 hours prior to your booked workshop - we can reschedule your child's booking for another workshop in that holiday period (if there are places available). We strive to keep the children's workshops affordable for families, please be aware that last minute cancellations and refunds cannot be accommodated.


  • Per child $10


Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill