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The Lacquer Room

Visit this colourful cafe.

The artist – Grace Cossington Smith – loved to use bright colours to paint the people and places she saw. This painting is of a cafe she visited in a department store in Sydney.

Count how many people you can see. Look at what they are wearing. What time of year do you think it is?

Notice how the red chairs contrast with the green tables.

Spot the edge of the table at the front of the picture. Does it make you feel like you are in the cafe too?

Draw what you would order to eat and drink.


At home

Pretend to run a cafe in your home for your family. Set up tables and chairs, design a menu and have fun serving your guests.