Engage

Interviews with Artists

Many of us are working from home, in formal and informal ways. Conversations abound about approaches to organising one's day without the usual social contact and structure of the workplace.

However, working from home is how many artists, writers and musicians have always worked, facing their existential issues on a daily basis. In this occasional series, we present an email interview with an artist living and working in our community.

Art at work: Melinda Harper
Art at work: Janet Bromley
Art at work: Cameron Robbins
Art at work: Zoe Amor
Art at work: Prue Venables
Art at work: Minaal Lawn
Art at work in Indonesia

ZoeAmorStudio – The Visitor, bronze maquette against painting. Copyright Zoe Amor. Image: Zoe Amor.

Visiting School Groups

We welcome school groups to CAM.

Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit. We may be able to facilitate visits from school groups outside of normal opening hours.

Visiting students discuss an installation by James Tylor and Hayley Millar-Baker.

Guides

You can approach CAM's friendly volunteer guides for more information about the collection, exhibitions, and CAM's building and history. Guides are present at CAM on most weekends.

CAM's Guides-in-Training program is both a social and educational opportunity for those interested in further engagement with CAM and our collections. Sign up to the newsletter to stay in the loop for future intakes.

Artist Janina Green giving a floor talk to the Castlemaine Art Museum Guides in the Higgins Gallery. Image: Brodie Ellis.

CAM Kids: Art Activities

Art Activity #1: Make your own hand-coloured photo inspired by Janina Green

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Here is a fun art activity, suitable for making and sharing artworks at school or online. It is inspired by a hand coloured still life photograph by artist Janina Green.

Download Activity #1 instructions and submission form here.

Art Activity #2: Draw your own fantastical figure inspired by Rona Green

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Here is a fun art activity, suitable for making and sharing artworks at school or online. It is inspired by a crazy hybrid person/dog portrait in the collection, Sea Dog by the artist Rona Green.

Download Activity #2 instructions and submission form here.

Art Activity #3: Print your own pattern inspired by John Wolseley and Stewart Russell

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Here is a fun art activity, suitable for making and sharing artworks at home, school or online. It is inspired by wallpaper created by artists Stewart Russell and John Wolseley.

Download Activity #3 instructions and submission form here.

VCE Resource #1

2020 adjusted curriculum for VCE Studio Arts: Unit 4, Outcome 3, Art Industry Contexts.

This education resource is to help VCE Studio Arts teachers and students explore the exhibition “The Unquiet Landscape” at Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM). This online resource provides curriculum-focused information about how the curator, Jenny Long, worked with art industry professionals at Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) to prepare and present artworks for the exhibition. Two works from the exhibition are examined in depth as case studies in relation to methods and considerations for conservation and display.

Download VCE Resource #1 here.

We are grateful for the assistance of Christine Bell as well as Geoff and Geraldine Harris for this Art Activity series. Developed by Museum Educator Melissa Bedford, each activity provides ideas and suggestions for engaging with artworks in our collection and exhibition program during 2020.

Janina Green, working photograph for Still Life series (Klytie Pate), 1988, silver gelatin print, collection of the artist. Copyright Janina Green.

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Welcome to our homeland,
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