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
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!
Art Cart -Coins
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 Misrule - oriel 1
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.
More pictures of some of the decorated pockets we made last half term
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
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
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
a few of the quilters
Amy hard at work - she also knitted the jumper she's wearing!
Amy's quilt with cute cat fabric
I think this is Juli's quilt... it's got great colours!
We had our third meeting of quilt club this saturday, we currently meet every two months with the next meeting being held on 7 May.
It's been really lovely to meet so many nice crafty people and do a bit of sewing and there's a nice mixture of beginners and more experienced quilters. We currently have space for some more people so please get in touch if you would like to come, meanwhile have a look at some photos which show what we have been working on.
And if you have been coming along, please email me photos of your work in progress!
Half term art cart
Art Cart starts tomorrow and the theme is love....
We will be looking at lovespoons, stay busks and tie on pockets and the kinds of symbols and patterns that are found on them. I have lots of A4 sheets for decorating and colouring, but i have also made four really large lovespoons that I need some fantastic art work for. Below is a picture of the sad white lovespoons - please help!!