Heide at Home

While our doors are closed we will continue to share news and programs, giving you sneak peeks of exhibitions, keeping you informed about the Heide gardens, and providing some creative activities for adults and kids alike.

Don't forget to follow Heide on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using hashtag #heideathome

Heide Quiz

Test your Heide knowledge by taking on the Heide Quiz. Use your answers to complete the word search and you’ll be an expert on Heide trivia!

Albert Tucker, John and Sunday Reed with Sweeney 1947, gelatin silver photograph, 40.5 x 30.7 cm, Gift of Barbara Tucker 2001

Art Challenges

Heide at Home maquette challenge

Inspired by the exhibition Margel Hinder: Modern in Motion, create a sculptural maquette using materials found at home.

This challenge has now closed. See the submissions here.

Margel Hinder, ntitled (maquette for sculpture), soldered wire and aluminium, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 9 cm diam., Gift of Enid Hawkins 2003, © the artist

Heide at Home Spring Garden Painting Challenge

Take inspiration from the Heide gardens and works in the Heide Collection paint your spring garden at home.

More details and submissions

Arthur Boyd, Unknown (Landscape), oil on board, Gift of Dr John Green 2018, © Bundanon Trust

Creative activities

Harper & McGilchrist: Paper Collage

Follow these instructions to make your very own paper collage, inspired by the works of Melinda Harper and Erica McGilchrist.

Daniel Crooks: Photo Collage

Inspired by Daniel Crooks' Portrait #2 (Chris) (2007), follow these instructions to make your own photo collage.

© the artist

JEFF THOMPSON: ORIGAMI

Inspired by Jeff Thomson’s Cows (1987), follow these instructions to make your own origami cow.

This resource caters to learning outcomes and links to the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts.

© the artist

Charles Blackman: Stop Motion Animation

Inspired by Charles Blackman’s The Shadow (1953), follow these instructions to create your own stop motion animation.

View our example here.

© the artist

Rick Amor: Wire Sculpture

Inspired by Rick Amor’s Running Man (1996—2003), follow these instructions to construct a wire armature and sculpture using your choice of materials.

© the artist

JOY HESTER: COLLAGE

Inspired by Joy Hester’s Girl Holding Flowers (1956), follow these instructions to create a simple collage using various types of paper and card, layering shapes and contrasting neutral tones.

To learn more about the striking work of Joy Hester check out the exhibition catalogue Joy Hester: Remember Me. Available to purchase from the Heide Shop.

© the artist

Kelly at the Mall

Mel Hartigan's entertaining story re-imagines cultural icon Ned Kelly at the shopping mall. Inspired by Sidney Nolan's painting, Kelly at the Mine, this contemporary narrative is playfully told in rhyme and accompanied by vibrant hand-drawn illustrations.

Tailored to achieve outcomes in the year 5–6 English and Visual Art curricula, this resource invites you to create your own illustrated book by reimagining the character and story of Ned Kelly.

Watch the video here, view the PDF and download the learning resource.

Artwork by Mel Hartigan

Sidney Nolan: Textiles

Follow these instructions to design your own pillowcase inspired by Sidney Nolan’s Moon Boy (1940).

This resource caters to learning outcomes and links to the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts.

© the artist

Mikala Dwyer: Sculpture

Inspired by Mikala Dwyer’s Necklace for Wall follow these instructions to design and make a sculptural necklace for your wall using a variety of materials and techniques.

This resource caters to learning outcomes and links to the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts.

© the artist

Albert Tucker: Working with TEXTURE

Albert Tucker experimented with a variety of materials to build up a sense of depth in his paintings and give the surfaces an earth-like quality.

Follow these instructions to make your own textured artworks.

This resource caters to learning outcomes and links to the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts.

© the artist

Melinda Harper: Printmaking

Inspired by Melinda Harper’s colourful prints, use colour, shape and pattern to create your own handprinted designs.

Follow these instructions to make your own patterned paper using stamps cut form easily sourced, household materials.

This resource caters to learning outcomes and links to the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts.

To learn more about Melinda Harper and her vibrant work, check out the exhibition catalogue Colour Sensation: The works of Melinda Harper. Available to purchase from the Heide Shop.

Melinda Harper, Untitled 2016, watercolour, screenprinted gouache and graphite on paper, 40.5 x 30 cm, Gift of Melinda Harper 2016, © Melinda Harper

Make a Sprout Heart Garden

Make a sprout heart garden inspired by Sunday Reed’s heart garden at Heide!

Download the instructions or the extended learning resource for schools and teachers.

© the artist

The Art of Poetry for Mother's Day

Celebrate mum by creating a beautiful, heartfelt poem! Inspired by Heide’s collection of concrete poetry, this workshop offers an array of ideas to create a bespoke poetic art work that your mum can treasure forever.

Download the instructions

Sweeney Reed, Rose I 1977, embossed etching, 38 x 38 cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, gift of Pamela, Mishka and Danila McIntosh, © Estate of Sweeney Reed

Art and Nature

Gather leaves, twigs and flowers from your garden or local park and use them to create a stunning sculptural piece or a nature collage with a focus on colour, repetitian and pattern.

Sculptural piece instructions and video

Nature Collage instructions and video

Download the Learning Extension Resource for teachers and students.

© the artist

Make a Mirka Mora-Inspired Dolls House

Learn how to combine Mirka Mora's dolls and create your very own dolls house at home.

Download and print the template and watch our fun video tutorial to get started!

Want to continue learning? Download the Learning Extension Resource.

Learn more about Mirka’s work and other amazing artists in the beautifully illustrated picture book Women Artists A-Z. Available to purchase from the Heide Shop.

Mirka Mora dolls house still, © the artist

Construct your own caravan

Learn how to construct your own caravan based on Pont de l'Archevêché by Bob Jenyns!

Download the instructions and either a black and white template (if you want to design your own) or a colour template to get started.

Watch our fun video tutorial to help you along the way.

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