We are really excited to be part of a pilot project Objects and Art In Mind this autumn. In addition to the art course at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket and a puppet making course at Felixstowe Library, there will be two inspiring opportunities to explore the collections held at Ipswich Museum and Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury.
Objects and Art In Mind is a partnership pilot project between Ipswich Museum, Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk Museums, Art In Mind and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. By working together we can open up more opportunities for people to access objects in the museums collections. Working with objects is a fascinating way to discover our roots; where we come from, about ourselves, our communities and our local history. They offer us a way into telling our own stories.
The Objects and Art In Mind course in Ipswich Museum will focus on some of the natural history handling boxes. This is a wonderful opportunity to work directly with fossils, birds, butterflies and even a turtle. Not to mention having the whole of the museum and its displays of the natural world at our disposal. We will be looking at mark making and textural drawing as well as working with paper collages and papier mache to create sculptural artworks.
Objects and Art In Mind at Gainsborough’s House allows us access to a collection of costumes which are exact replicas of the clothes worn in some of the portraits that hang in the House. Again we will be looking at mark making and textural drawing before moving on to work with papier mache to create paper clothes and paper sculptures.
At Felixstowe Library we will be puppet making, creating one off puppets based on ourselves. Techniques covered include design, construction, papier mache, costuming, painting and collage.
At the Museum of East Anglian Life we will be inspired by the fabulous room settings depicting rural life from the past to create our own unique objects.
All courses follow the usual format of six half day weekly sessions with a maximum of 8 places on each course and a one off cost of £15 which includes all materials and refreshments.
For more information on dates and times and how to book please click on the course dates page. For more general information on courses and FAQs please click on the course overview page.