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August 2011

Summer Art Activities

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 11 August 2011

Just a few more beauties!

Summer art activities

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 10 August 2011

This is a wonderful drawing by Charley of a Jester which ties in with our Tudor art theme.

Don't forget that art activities are running all through August, and if you haven't been before, now is the time to visit as it's generally a little quieter in the galleries when the weather is good!


Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 4 August 2011

I tried out a printing session with young adults the other day. We looked at designs from the 1950s (on clothes from our collections and in books)and then made some prints based on them. The printing techniques were a mixture of relief prints (like lino but using softblock) and monoprinting. Here are some of the pictures which are fantastic! I'll try and get round to adding more soon.

I'm planning on running something similar next year for adults and young adults (aged 16+) so if anyone has any suggestions or would be interested in having a go, please get in touch.

Summer Art Activities

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 4 August 2011

Art activiites have begun in Oriel 1 for the summer and will continue every day throughout August. It's a drop-in session and runs from 11 until 1 and then 2 until 4. We are looking at lots of things to do with the Tudors and making models of Tudor Buildings.

I'll be adding more pictures as the summer goes on!

June 2011

Art Cart -Coins

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 2 June 2011

Just a quick post to show you a few pictures of the things we have been making in the Art Cart this half term. The activities run until Sunday, so there is still time to visit and take part. I have also got some Tudor style outfits for children to try on and have painted a backdrop for them to pose by.

The coin theme has come about as we have a fantastic display of coins in the gallery at the moment as part of the Creu Hanes exhibition. The coins are otherwise known as the 'Tregwynt Treasure Hoard' and were buried around 1647 and finally dug up in 1996!

For the art cart activities we have been colouring and decorating Tudor style coins and using string and silver foil for a more 3d feel.

I think they look pretty splendid.

May 2011

May Misrule - oriel 1

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 5 May 2011

The bank holiday weekend was busy with our May Misrule event. Lots and lots of things were going on, and I was in the gallery running art and craft sessions where we made Tudor ruffs and there were replica Tudor clothes available to try on.

April 2011


Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 8 April 2011

More pictures of some of the decorated pockets we made last half term

March 2011

Photo Montage

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 31 March 2011

I've picked some of my favourite past art and craft activities to make a photo collage. I hope you like it. Have you been to any of our craft activities in the gallery? what was your favourite thing you have made?

Don't forget this saturday is nature day! come by and make something wonderful.x

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 23 March 2011




On 2 April we will be launching the Explore Nature project

There will be loads of different things going on so look out for more information on the blog and on twitter.

As part of the launch I will be running an art and craft session about all things birds! If you fancy doing a bit of sewing we will be making badges or fingerpuppets and for little ones we can make spinning thaumatropes.

Oh, in case you don't know what thaumatropes are (I didn't!) they are thoses circles of paper that usually have a picture of a bird on one side and a cage on the other and then when you twizzle them it looks like the bird is in the cage. As we are celebrating nature we won't be putting any drawings of birds in cages! but will be giving them the appearance of flight instead.

The sessions are suitable for families, but adults are also welcome to come and sew some badges or fingerpuppets with me!

Love spoons art cart

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 7 March 2011

These images are from half term. We had a bit of a love theme and were looking at lovespoons, pockets and stay busks. We looked at all the kinds of patterns you find on lovespoons, from the usual hearts and commas, to horses and forks!

Lots of people took their work home, but quite a few added decorations to our large lovespoons that are pictured here. I have to admit that Tracey Williams did a lot of work on the spoons and made them much more beautiful than when they started out.

The next art activity i'm involved in will be part of the launch of our new Explore Nature project in Oriel 1

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