Staff profile: Kellie Harris

Position title:
Interpretive Officer
Section:
Visitor Services
Phone:
+612 9320 6374
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Profile

I am an Interpretive Officer and have worked at the Australian Museum within Visitor Services and Science Communication departments since 1999. I mainly work with visiting members of the public in our exciting exhibition spaces as well providing tours and shows; interactive educational programs; information and identifications through Search & Discover and developing visitor programs for temporary and travelling exhibitions.

Every day at the Australian Museum is uniquely different and I enjoy the wide variety of activities and projects that Interpretive Officers undertake. I like to share in the individual experiences visitors bring to the Museum and how their experience within the Museum can shape the rest of their day or indeed areas of their life to come.

I have extensive experience working with children of all ages as well as co-ordinating pre-school, primary and secondary art, technology and science programs. Delivering programs for the 0-5yr visitors and their carers is a particular passion for me and sharing in the exploration of natural history and science content with youngsters always brings a smile.

I have published a series of informative 'How to Draw' books specifically for primary school children based the Australian Museum's natural history content and collections as inspiration.

A second series is currently underway featuring deep sea creatures, reptiles and mammals.

The first three books in the series cover garden, marine and ice age creatures:

How to Draw Creepy Crawlies ISBN 978-0-7347-2322-2

How to Draw Sea Creatures ISBN 978-0-7347-2321-5

How to Draw Extinct Beasts ISBN 978-0-7347-2320-8

Drawing, illustration and sculpture have always been strong areas within my upbringing and education. They certainly have shaped my visual appreciation for the natural world.

I keep zebra finches and am currently observing their behavioural habits, territorial tactics and rates of maturation in order to practically learn more about these colourful albeit noisy little birds.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Art Education, University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Design, University of New South Wales

New South Wales Teachers Federation Accreditation