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Art Smart

12 - 28 January 2022

Wednesdays and Fridays 


Ages 7-13

$35 per day

These art classes will expand your child’s knowledge of modern and contemporary art and introduce them to new materials and techniques. Each day we will be inspired by an artist’s work or museum object to produce our own original pieces to take home.


Wearable Art Wonders

Wednesday 12 January

Using a range of printing skills kids will design bombastic T-shirts inspired by the colourful work of Pat Hanly. Make art you can wear! 


Fantastic Fossils 

Friday 14 January

Looking closely at the museum’s fossil collection, and our famous giant penguin, kids will design and make their own take home fossil, preserved forever in clay.


Draw Like Ruby Jones

Wednesday 19 January

Kids will learn easy drawing and illustration techniques, using fine liners and gouache, to produce their own graphic novels in the style of the kiwi illustrator Ruby Jones.


Uncanny Creatures

Friday 21 January

Looking at the weird world of artist Michael Illingworth kids will construct their own uncanny creatures using both 2D and 3D techniques.


Bird of the Year

Wednesday 26 January

Celebrate your favourite bird and think about how and why artists draw on nature, then take home your own manu wall hanging, inspired by the art of Joan Fear.


Pop Painting

Friday 28 January

Artists love to use movies and music to jumpstart their creativity. In today’s class we will take inspiration from some of your favourite things to make a painting that pops!


Please note: Proof of vaccination (My Vaccine Pass) is a condition of entry at Waikato Museum. Please sign in using either the NZ COVID Tracer app or the paper sheets at our front desk. As a Hamilton City Council public facility, it is mandatory for visitors aged 12 and up to wear a mask or face covering at Waikato Museum. All Waikato Museum staff supervising children on the programme are vaccinated and VCA vetted.

If booking for multiple children for more than one programme: Enter each of their details for the first programme they are attending, then use the drop-down box labelled 'Copy data from' to save re-entering the information.

Terms and Conditions:

Attendees, parents and guardians agree to comply with all rules and directives published and updated by the government from time to time at; and all policies and procedures adopted by Hamilton City Council in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, including but not limited to the mandatory use of ‘My Vaccine Passes’ and other health measures to limit the spread of covid-19. A breach may result in cancellation of the booking and/or trespass from Waikato MuseumHamilton City Council is not liable for any losses suffered by attendees or any third parties as a result of any cancellation. 

Programmes must be booked and paid for prior to selected programme. Bookings are not confirmed until payment is received.

Registrations must be completed by a parent or guardian of the child enrolled over the age of 18 years old.

For health and safety reasons, children must be aged 7-13 to attend. Please do not be offended if we ask for proof of age of your child/children.


You must book and supply complete enrolment details for each child. A copy of this will be emailed to you.


Once accepted registrations are final. If your child/children cannot attend a booked programme, we require 24 hours' notice of cancellation to issue a refund. Email us to notify.

Unless required by law, transfers or refunds (partial or full) are not issued except in extenuating circumstances and at the sole discretion of Waikato Museum.

Programme supervision

The programme ratio is one teacher to 10 children. Depending on the activity, some programmes require more supervision.

Children will be in view of staff at all times when appropriate.

Children will be informed of the boundaries and are expected to stay within them.

Children are not to leave the supervised area.

Children misbehaving to such a level that it causes disruption to the programme and others will be removed and their parents/caregivers will be contacted to collect them.

Children who are too unwell to participate will be assessed and the appropriate action taken to assist them. Parents/caregivers will be contacted in the first instance and in most cases will be asked to collect their child/children.

What to bring

Suitable clothing and shoes must be worn e.g. outdoor activities require a warm jacket in the winter or a sunhat in the summer.

Children must bring appropriate, healthy food for morning tea and lunch break, and a labelled drink bottle.


Programmes are from 9.30am – 2pm. Children must be collected at or before 2pm. 

To ensure the safety of the children in our programmes, we may ask you for ID when you come to pick up your child/children.

There are a number of parking options within a few minutes’ walk of the Museum. Grantham Street is non-metered parking on both sides for either 120 (side closest to the river) or 180 minutes. All metered parking in the city is free for the first two hours and $6 per hour after that. The closest metered parks are on Victoria Street (south of Grantham) and Knox Street.

Disability parking can be found in the Trades Entrance car park off Grantham Street. For more disabled parking options click here.

Unwell/injured Children

We do not have the facilities to look after sick/injured children. If a child is unwell they should stay home rather than attending our programmes.

If your child appears unwell or receives and injury during the school holiday programme, we will assess the situation and take appropriate action to assist them. Parents/emergency contacts will be contacted in the first instance and may be asked to collect their child/children.

Depending on the severity of the situation, we may take the child/children to a quiet space - until pickup.

When you or the emergency contact come to collect your child/children, we will ask you to sign out your child as per normal procedure.


If you wish to give us feedback on the school holiday programme (e.g. booking process, curriculum, dropping off/picking up process etc.), please email with your feedback.


The personal information that you provide in the booking form will be held and protected by Hamilton City Council in accordance with our Privacy Statement (available at and at our libraries, pools and the Municipal Building, Garden Place) and with the Privacy Act 1993. The Privacy Statement explains how we can use and share your personal information in relation to any interaction you have with the Council, and how you can access and correct that information. You should familiarise yourself with this Statement before submitting the form.