Chalk and Shadow Art for Kids

Bring along the family and try your hand at chalk and shadow art these Easter school holidays at Old Government House

Come and create your shadow portrait at Old Government House.

One of the mysteries of the property is the identities of the convicts who built it. While we know some of their names, no portraits or images of them have survived – we have only an outline of who they really were.

Create your own outline artwork using your shadow and chalk. Strike a pose on the pavement while your family traces around your shadow, then colour in the outline to create your own artwork. Like the convict builders before, you will leave behind an anonymous masterpiece, with others left to wonder at the true identity of the person who made it!

After completing the activity, families are invited to view the Making Good exhibition to find out more about the convicts connected to Old Government House. You can discover what little we do know about the convicts who made the building, see some of the sorts of tools they used, as well as the furniture and artworks they created.

All materials provided.

Event dates

Event Details

Old Government House, Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance, Parramatta, NSW


Entry fees:
Adults $ 15, Children $ 10, Concession $ 10, Family $ 35, Members $ Free
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities: