Kilmore Art Society’s Maureen Runge instructing fellow member Natalie Carr in portraiture. ​

A free day of vibrant and fun art creation is on offer for people of all ages on Saturday as Kilmore Art Society prepares to host a come-and-try event called Colour Splash.

Starting at 10am at the society’s gallery at Kilmore’s Oddfellows Café, Colour Splash will feature demonstrations from seven local artists across a range of mediums, including oil and watercolour painting, mosaic, drawing, scratchboard, photography, pastel and cyanotype.

Kilmore Art Society president Denise Daday said there would be opportunities for people to try their hand at different types of art, with guidance from the society’s experts.

“It’s called Colour Splash because it’s a little bit of everything. People are welcome to come along and try the different mediums or just have a look and see what it’s all about,” she said.

“We’re trying to encourage young people to come along and try different types of art during the school holidays.

“A lot of people aren’t even aware that the art society is there, so we thought this would be a fun way to raise our profile with the public. Kilmore has really grown and we keep finding new artists all the time.”

Ms Daday said the school holidays were a good time for young people to explore creative outlets and that art was linked with positive mental health outcomes.

“There is such a big link between art and mental health, and after COVID-19 there are so many kids who are interested in art,” she said.

“All the art teachers around are getting full up with young people and students just to help them as therapy. With Three Brushes Studio and Andrea Lewis Art Therapy at Hidden Valley, most of their classes are full.”

Colour Splash will be from 10am to 2pm at Oddfellows Café’s upstairs gallery at 36 Sydney Street, Kilmore.

The event is free and open to people of all ages. People can call Ms Daday on 0400 685 144 for more information.