Hans Heysen House and Museum
Hans Heysen lived at the Cedars with his wife and children from 1912 until his death in 1968, and the house has a cosy, homely feeling as if the painter and his family still live there. Keep an eye out for the many objects and locations around the house that feature in Heysen’s paintings, especially his still lifes. In the tour of the studio, the guide reveals practical secrets of how Heysen worked, which kids will be eager to try with their own artwork.
Heysen Rd, Hahndorf; (08) 8388 7277
■ The Artist’s Walk around the extensive grounds – stand on the very spots where Heysen painted some of his wonderful landscapes. Eleven viewing boxes display prints of his paintings and kids will be intrigued to compare the artwork with the living landscape.
Heysen was one of the first artists to recognise and paint the individual, distinctive character of the Australian landscape and light. He was also one of the area’s earliest conservationists, buying up neighbouring properties to save trees from being cut down. Instead of trees just being a background to his scenes, he painted ‘portraits’ of gum trees. He loved the mottled patterns on their trunks and the way the bark hung in tatters. He was awarded the Wynne Prize (the Archibald equivalent for landscape artists) nine times and his vision influenced many later Australian artists.
■ The guide adjusts the content of the tour to suit a child audience, however if you prefer you can just explore the grounds.comments powered by Disqus