Before the school holidays we visited the Shaun Tan exhibition currently at Ipswich Art Gallery.
It was based on the author’s book, “The Lost Thing”, which is a great discussion book if you haven’t already read it.
To be honest, we’ve loved most of the children’s exhibitions at the Ipswich Art Gallery, and we love their children’s space.
We started our visit by watching the animation of the book.
Then we explored the exhibits. You have to take the time to read the plaques as they are always very well thought out. Here Ethan was locating the painted textures that were used in the image to the right.
There were copies of the book available so we were able to flick through the pages to find where the images and textures were located throughout the book.
The boys also had the opportunity to identify the differences and similarities between a book scene and a scene from the animation.
We really liked looking at the original drawings from the book and particularly the drawings that didn’t quite make it to the book. Seeing the book process from the beginning was great.
But what I loved the most about the exhibit was discussing what the message of the story was.
For us, this bottle cap collection summed it up nicely.
These touch art screens are always very popular with one of my boys. Guess which?!
And the construction and design centre drew my other little man like a magnet.
Eventually everyone gravitated to the construction centre.
The gallery is such that you feel very comfortable just sitting around creating for ages.
If you desire, you can leave your creations behind on the gallery’s display. We never do. The boys like to keep what they create so I always make sure to bring a bag to take our goodies home in.
Did you notice the ‘Latin’ motto on the emblem?
Yes, you often find many lost things under there…or, as in my case, just dirt.
So if you’re keen for a nice outing, I highly recommend the Shaun Tan exhibition. You only have a little over a week left though as the exhibition closes on the 21st October. But that’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a visit.
Make sure to read the book first, either at home before your outing or together at the exhibition. The book and it’s message is central to a meaningful outing.
Check out some of his other books too. We read “The Rabbits” today and had a great discussion.