Imaginary Leaps for Better Beginnings at the State Library,Perth,WA

Imaginary Leaps at the State Library of Western Australia

Better Beginnings in partnership with Early Years artist Rachel Riggs


Research & development

Rachel writes – Im really looking forward to the new Imaginary Leaps sessions starting next week at the Space – a wonderful area specially for children and the new education room, at the WA  State Library, Perth. For the past few months Ive been developing a specialist early years programme, inspired by the

Curating the Collection with Susan McKewan

Peter Williams Collection of beautiful Australian children’s book illustrations including Shaun Tan’s ‘The Red Tree’, Chris Nixon’s ‘Crocodile Cake’, Bronwyn Bancroft’s ‘Big Rain Coming’ and Franc Lessac’s ‘On the Same Day in March- A tour of the world’s weather’.

Ive been researching the books by story telling, improvising with props & objects at sessions with Pre Primary and Kindergarten groups at Samson Primary School, Fremantle

Painting 'Rain Dance'

Over eight weeks, each week parents and carers of  pre-schoolers can explore and enjoy the wonderful Peter Williams Collection of original Australian children’s book Illustrations with specially created adventures and activities.

Together we will journey through the Place, investigating many themes of the illustrations such as animals or people and places, looking at colour, shape and texture, amongst many other things the children find.

Playing with objects, materials and puppets, using our senses to explore with song, movement & music .

Making art through experiential play, eg simple puppets, mark making, clay models, sticking collages

‘Imaginary Leaps’ creative play aids development and emotional intelligence, and acts as a communication tool, between artworks and their future audience.

Playdough Pog


I will be regularly writing about the sessions on the DNA/Imaginary Leaps blog.

Dates : Tuesday July 26 – September 13 2011

Times : 10am – 11:30am

Location : The Place, State Library of WA

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