Over the next few months, Italian designers Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Mathery Studio are at the Children’s Gallery of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne to teach kids zany and unconventional drawing skills.

This Melbourne-based creative and absurdist duo is turning the gallery on its head in dedicated art spaces that reconsider the act of drawing, as children are encouraged to draw with crayon-embellished shoes and crayon-clad helmets, and use cutlery that allows them to leave their marks on tables.

“The idea of drawing with other parts of your body, on walls and on floors, has immense appeal to children and adults alike,” says Erika and Matteo, explaining that the experience is allowing kids to expand their understanding of the act of drawing.

“We wanted to create a fun, memorable and playful space that would encourage children to think outside the box to reconsider the act of drawing.”

As part of the physical and creative fun, the event incorporates graphic design, product design, interior architecture, furnishing and film in creative and surprising ways. Children are encouraged to draw with their bodies while doing sport or random bodily expressions using melted crayons, creating unique and spontaneous results.

“These immersive spaces encourage an adventurous and unusual engagement for children to reconsider what art can be. Expect the surprising, eccentric and unusual in this new space for children,” says NGV Director Tony Ellwood, who says the gallery is fortunate to have the talented Italian designers.

Ewan McEoin, Consulting Curator of Design at NGV, says that the reinterpretive and unconventional processes of Erika and Matteo are very much what define Mathery Studio. “Their work is full of humour, pragmatism and a hint of the absurd,” he explains.

“Children will love their anarchic approach to the simple act of drawing. They can be vigorous or considered in how they approach the process and, most importantly, every child will leave their own mark,” says McEoin.

Pastello Draw Act is a free event on display in the Children’s Gallery at NGV International from now until 31 August, and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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