Surrealism For Kids + the Science Centre

12 Sep

Our excursion today took us to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)


for the ‘Surrealism for Kids’ activities.


There weren’t as many activities as we’ve grown accustomed to experiencing.


First we selected ink blots and turned them into drawings.


Ethan’s ink blot became an animal.  Brayden’s became a Star Wars fight scene – of course!


Next up Brayden selected two colours of card, tore them into various pieces and had to sprinkle or drop them onto his page and glue them where they landed.  This apparently makes a picture.  Yes, truly.  Or so they told us.   Well, anyway, it made an interesting pattern.


Ethan skipped the torn collage activity and headed straight for the computer activity where surrealism was presented in language.


Their favourite activity was creating sculptures using household objects.


Once your sculpture was completed it was photographed and emailed to your specified recipient.


Ethan had a real flair for this activity.  Each of his sculptures were visually quite appealing…or so I thought.


Brayden’s sculptures were very involved and used all of the available items .


The final surrealist activity was a collage.


The boys had to select a background image and add odd combinations of images to their pictures.


I’m sorry but I must say I struggle to see the purpose and value in surrealism.  A little too nutty and lacking talent for my artistic preferences.

We enjoyed the activities though and had a wonderful morning at the Modern Art Gallery…as always.

We’d definitely recommend a visit to the exhibit.  But you’ll have to hurry as the exhibition is almost finished.


While we were nearby we also stopped in at the Science Centre.  This was a big mistake!


We ordinarily love the Sciencentre and if we time it right we have the place almost entirely to ourselves.  But today we had to share our favourite haunt with no less than 4 school groups.


We tried to enjoy our visit and show Daddy our favourite exhibits


but after one too many shoves, with no apologises, and the final straw when a school child just took a tool straight out of Brayden’s hands we decided to cut our losses and head home.


Just as we were leaving we stopped to try and put the soma cube back together.  One of the volunteers came over and taught us the story that helps you put the cube back together.

This was the highlight of our visit and for this reason alone we are glad that we stopped in for a short while.


Yet another big day out for us.  Thankfully we have a couple of days at home now…while the car is being operated on…again.  But we’ll be back on the road on Thursday.


Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Art and Craft, Field Trips


4 responses to “Surrealism For Kids + the Science Centre

  1. Megan

    September 13, 2011 at 6:55 am

    It looks like you are all having a lovely time! I just thought id mention, at the moment at SouthBank have a the Santos Light Show on at the moment. We went last night and it was pretty good. Our boys were amazed. 7pm every night until the 20th of Sep. But then again maybe you have already been….. 🙂

    • Tracey

      September 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Oh I’d forgotten about the Light show Megan. Thanks for the heads up. We’ll have to try and do that too. But today we are just kicking back and recuperating. Ahhh…bliss…but maybe tonight if the weather plays fair and I get my car back in time. Otherwise maybe tomorrow. So much to do, so little time. 🙂

  2. April

    September 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your field trips. We still haven’t had the chance to go to GOMA, it looks fab! And we haven’t been to the science centre for a while…I think I need to plan a day out! 🙂

  3. Tracey

    September 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    GOMA is excellent!! But if you are planning on a trip to the science centre you’ll either have to get their before October or wait until January next year. The museum and science centre are closing for refurbishments. I’d suggest waiting as lots of the exhibits were broken when we were there yesterday and I’m guessing they aren’t bothering to fix them for the moment. But GOMA…always good. The Surrealism exhibition finishes soon though but there’ll be another one coming along right after it. We try to get to them all.


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