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Crayon Helmets Encourage Children To Be Creative With Their Entire Body

Crayon Helmets Encourage Children To Be Creative With Their Entire Body
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Museum exhibit lets kids draw all over the walls and floors.

Ross Brooks
  • 4 june 2014

Drawing is already an extremely creative act, but the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Australia wanted to make it more of a physical activity. With the help of Italian design duo Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli, of Mathery Studio, they set up an area in the museum where kids could use giant crayon spheres and other unusual tools to draw with their bodies, heads, hands and feet.

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Some of the tools on offer, most of which were made with melted oil pastel, include a helmet equipped with crayon spheres, roller skates, and a contraption fitted to the wall that looks like an abacus. They make it clear on the NGV website:

Don’t expect the usual, do expect an experience that is fun, encourages experimentation and delights in gesture and expands understanding of the drawing process.

While drawing normally attracts more introverted children, and allows them to explore their imagination, as opposed to the physical space around them, this exhibit might be a way for them to go outside their comfort zone. On the other hand, it could be a new way for children who struggle to sit still for long enough to draw to express themselves with colors and crayons.

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This kind of unconventional approach to an otherwise conventional hobby such as drawing, is characteristic of the studio, as explained by NGV.

Non-tradition, and the reinterpretation of the everyday underpin much of Mathery’s creative development. The studio illustrates a unique functional and aesthetic approach rich with humour, pragmatism and a hint of the absurd.

The exhibit is already open to the general public, and will be running until August 31st. So if you happen to live near Melbourne, or have a trip planned there with the family, it could be a great way to experience some culture while your kids go crazy in the crayon room.

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National Gallery of Victoria

[h/t] Knstrct

Images by National Gallery of Victoria

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