Colour Melbourne is the world’s first colouring book made by children!

September 1st, 2016 by admin

Colour Melbourne has arrived!    Colour Melbourne in the Herald Sun


Just PUBLISHED!  Colour Melbourne
 is a colouring book made entirely by children. 55 artists aged between three and 10 years old have made this creative and very original book. Colour Melbourne is the world’s first colouring book made entirely by children.

Julie Kennedy, of Pip Dot Art Studio, and Joanne O’Callaghan have been working with children for a year to bring the concept of a book made by children together.  The book has been published following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

“There has been something of an avalanche of colouring books for adults to reach the market during the past two years. It is time to look at the colouring craze through a new lens – through the eyes of children.”

“We have been working on this project for a year and are yet to find a colouring book created with the hands and imagination of children in Australia or worldwide. Colour Melbourne is the first we know of in the world as a commercial colouring book made by children” said, children’s book author Joanne O’Callaghan.

Art teacher Julie Kennedy of Pip Dot Art Studio said “Colour Melbourne highlights my love for Melbourne and children’s natural ability to produce and engage in art. Children are always so proud of the things they’ve made, so you can imagine how thrilled they are to have their work published in a book for other children.”

With this book we want to give children the message that:

  • Their drawings are valued
  • Drawings are as varied and individualistic as people
  • The process of art making is as important as the end product
  • There is no one way to draw something and drawings don’t need to look a certain way.

There are no computer drawn images in this colouring book.

Children and adults can bring the city alive with colourful hot air balloons, stripy football jumpers, polka dot fashion, delicious ice-creams, and buildings of all shapes and sizes. Hand-drawn pictures highlight much loved Melbourne landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the National Gallery of Victoria. There are also parks, picnics, and penguins. And of course a tram or two!

With the support of their project backers the have been able to donate copies of Colour Melbourne to children in hospital through The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Project supporters also donated books to school programs run by The Resilience Project, an organisation helping young Australian’s be mentally healthy.

Watch the Colour Melbourne Campaign Video: https://vimeo.com/166284450

Colour Melbourne is now available in Melbourne at all good bookstores including The Avenue Bookstores, Readings, Hill of Content Bookstore, and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

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