Greatness starts with the Arts

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“Greatness starts with the Arts” – Susan Wright, Author and Chair of Arts Education at the University of Melbourne.

“Of all the gifts with which individuals may be endowed, none emerges earlier than musical talent” (Gardner, 1983).

What a lovely  July morning for a trip to the Abbotsford Convent last week. The sun was shining and the air was fresh. I took Baby D with me to a Culture Mamas event where we listened to Susan Wright talk about the importance of drawing, mark-making and engaging in musical babble in early childhood learning. There was a moment in the talk where Susan demonstrated this and started to mimic the sounds that our chatty babies and toddlers were making. All of a sudden the noisy room went quiet as all the babies turned around listening to Susan copying their sounds “kahh kahh”, “ooh ooh”, “wee” – or in other words, she was talking to them in their language.

It’s always nice to see Daniel interacting with other babies – it makes me smile 🙂

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A day with Monet – kid friendly!

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Rhodri exploring Monet’s garden, Baby D not sure about the autumn leaves, the NGV, an introductory talk to Monet and his work, life and story, lunch at the Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza foodtruck. 

Monet’s Garden  at the NGV, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank 

Thanks to a fellow mummy friend, Baby and I went along to an introductory talk about Monet and his work. The kid-friendly activity held in one of the NGV auditoriums was organised by Culture Mamas and it was a lovely way to spend the last day of autumn. There we gathered with our prams and kiddies in tow and listened to the eloquent speaker as she took us through the life of Monet and the waterlily paintings he was so well known for. Hearing the speaker pronounce the French names and places took me back to the times when hubby and I explored Paris’ many galleries together and would hear the seductive French accent around us.

There were boxes of little toys placed along the aisles to keep the kids occupied if they wanted to get up out of their seats and after the talk we went on to see the exhibition. Monet’s Garden is open until September 8th 2013 so you have plenty of time to get down there to visit if you haven’t done so already for a lovely day/evening out.

Can you recommend some must-see events in Melbourne during this winter season? 🙂

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