Visual Treasure Hunts

To hunt or not to hunt? There is no question...


Ferris Wheel by Jaslyn, 2011


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For those of you who have already joined one of my ArtPlay hunting parties, you can see your pics by heading here and download the new map and clues below.


Important Hunting Info:

* Background and Bookings
* Hunting Images
* Free Treasure Hunts
* Hunting Philosophy


Rock detail, Anastasia 2011


Background & Bookings

The Visual Treasure Hunts encourage kids to tap into their natural observational skills and to creatively expand their visual awareness through photography, drawing and text.

Using clue-sheets and a treasure hunt map, children search for pre-existing treasures - ie. they hunt down the often overlooked yet beautiful mundane objects that surround us everyday such as peeling paint patterns that resemble faces or a flower that moves like a dancer.

Upon finding treasures, they creatively document them using cameras and drawing materials. For more detailed background info check out the Hunting Philosophy.

I am currently leading the hunts at ArtPlay (a children's art centre in the park behind Federation Square) but can create custom made hunts on demand at any location including schools, birthday parties, etc. Please contact me for customised hunts. Or contact ArtPlay for ArtPlay bookings.


Saturn by Felix 2011

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Hunting Images

To see childrens' images, treasures and documentation of previous hunts, jump in here.


Detail of 'Angel', by Deborah Halpern
Photo by Khalisha, 2011


Free Treasure Hunts

In 2011 I have been leading hunts in the parkland around ArtPlay (a children's art centre behind Federation Square) with the support of a City of Melbourne Arts Grant. As part of this grant the children and I have created brand new treasure hunts for free use by anyone at anytime.

All you have to do is download the uber cool Treasure Hunt Map, visual clues and verbal clues, follow the simple instructions below...and get hunting! By the end of 2011 there will be 8 free hunts to choose from.

Anyone can do it, young or old. The hunts are free to do and kenloads of fun! They are located in the Birrarung Marr parkland - just follow the Yarra River upstream past Federation Square. For more detailed info about Birrarung Marr, including history, directions, etc, click on the link above.


Image of 'Angel', by Deborah Halpern
Drawing by Shwetha, 2011



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Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 8 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Verbal Clues. Created by the December 11, 2011 Hunting Party: Ben, Cara, Charlie, Dorothea, Ella, Finley, Giaan, Van, Vianna and Hunter G.

* Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 7 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Verbal Clues. Created by the December 4, 2011 Hunting Party: Caleb, Julia, Luka, Marly, Otilia, Reggie, Riley, Saskia, William and Hunter G.

* Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 6 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Verbal Clues. Created by the November 6, 2011 Hunting Party: Cooper, Darcy, Elijah, Mia, Rachel, Steve and Hunter G.

* Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 5 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Verbal Clues. Created by the October 30, 2011 Hunting Party: Ben, Dorothea, Erin, Hugh, Lola, Vianna and Hunter G.

* Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 4 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Visual Clues Part 3. Verbal Clues. Created by the September 18, 2011 Hunting Party: Anastasia, Ethan, Luka, Shwetha, Andrea, Harry, James, Tom, Hayden, Oliver, Lauren and Hunter G.

* Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 3 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Verbal Clues. Created by the September 4, 2011 Hunting Party: Andy, Boyden, Edith, Gabriel, Jamie, Jem, Kira, Lachlan, Michael, Miles, Sasha, Willeford and Hunter G.

* Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 2 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Verbal Clues. Created by the April 10, 2011 Hunting Party: Dorothea, Felix, Jaslyn, Sophie, Thom, Will and Hunter G.

* Hunter G's ArtPlay Hunt 1 Download the following: Treasure Hunt Map. Visual Clues Part 1. Visual Clues Part 2. Verbal Clues. Created by the April 3, 2011 Hunting Party: Bethany, Khalisha, Aaron and Hunter G.



How to Hunt

Download the treasure hunt map and clues (the numbers on the map indicate where the treasures are hidden and correspond to the numbers on the visual and verbal clue-sheets). Then follow the path on the map and use the visual and verbal clues to help find the treasures.

Take your family and friends on a hunting expedition around Birrarung Marr. NB. No animals were harmed in the making of these hunts.

Happy Hunting!


Federation Square by Oliver 2011

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Hunting Philosophy

Every child loves a treasure hunt. The Visual Treasure Hunts encourage kids to tap into their natural observational skills and to creatively expand their visual awareness through photography, drawing and text. The workshop is designed to be free-flowing and non-prescriptive in order to let the kids develop self-expression, confidence and artistic skills in a fun way.

In the first half of the hunt, kids do a pre-arranged treasure hunt while in the second half they create one of their own which is later uploaded to the internet for public use.

Clues for the hunt are provided via a slideshow, treasure hunt map and visual and verbal clue-sheets. Upon finding treasures, the children (armed with cameras and drawing implements) creatively document them.

In the second half each child selects their very own treasure and the participants creatively document them. Post-workshop I edit all the images of the new treasures and create a slideshow, clue-sheets and a treasure map, all of which are uploaded to the internet for public use.

Observational and artistic techniques are discussed along the route. This workshop is low on modern hi-fi wizardry and high on old-fashioned intuition, creativity and fun!


Googly Eyed Creature, Edith, 2011

The main aims include:

* To reinforce and encourage innate observational skills and to further develop them through creative self-expression, providing an introduction to basic artistic and technical skills of photography, drawing and writing in the process.

* To develop one’s appreciation of the simple but wondrous ‘treasures’ that surround us everyday, particularly things that are often overlooked or considered mundane but which, if viewed from a new perspective, become quite wondrous.

* In a society obsessed with the latest technology, material gains and computer-based activities, the Visual Treasure Hunt aims to celebrate and encourage simple yet profound activities which encourage and appreciate creativity, simplicity, physical activity and one’s innate ability to entertain oneself through simple activities.

To download the hunting philosophy, click here.


Federation Square by Thom 2011

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