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The Corner at Home Activities: Ephemeral Art

By Alarna Zinn | 4 June 2020

Ephemeral Art

Ephemeral Art Activity

Hello and welcome to The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by the exhibition, Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters in celebration of Under Eights Week here at the State Library of Queensland. We are excited to have you join us for Under Eights Week activities from May 22-29. The theme is ‘Play, Playfulness, and Engaged Learners’ - which is perfect, because who are the ultimate experts on PLAY? Children of course!

Big Voices celebrates the courage and creativity of children sharing their stories through art. The exhibition draws from over 2000 Children's artworks from the Dr. Barbara Piscitelli Children's art archive. These pictures tell us stories about children's lives, their rights and their futures. 


Be inspired! Visit the Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters exhibition online at to find the artworks that inspired this activity:

Climbing Trees with Bobo
When I’m Big, I Want A Dog Like Sunny


Kids - big and little, process complex information when we are engaged in play and having fun, so let’s put on our best imaginative, playful hats together.

Let’s get started! Today, join Mari as she forages in the gardens around the State Library of Queensland. Ephemeral Art or found object art means it only lasts for a short time, making this a great activity to really focus on the creative process of making. Use materials and objects found in your home environment. There are endless opportunities for play and creativity, which can be used to share your stories.

(use items found at home that can be used in an everyday setting)

  • Empty container or bag to collect materials
  • Towel, sheet or placemat – for background/framing (optional)
  • Pen and paper to write down stories that accompany the artwork
  • Camera to document the artwork
  • A variety of natural, found materials from environment (i.e. leaves, seeds, stones, sticks, bark, shells, etc).
  • Additional/alternative found materials (i.e. recycled or household items, non-breakable & child-safe materials like wood, plastic, paper, fabric, etc).

Here at the State Library of Queensland we love to hear your stories and ideas. Please share them with us, by using the tag #slqbigvoices or through our facebook pages.


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