NEW one day workshops

Realise Futures has funded us to run 5 one day workshops.  This is a new venture for us and we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to new and current students.

Wander through the galleries of the museums gathering ideas to make a unique printing block.  By the end of the day you will have designed and made a printing block and produced a range of handprinted papers to take away with you.

For dates and venues please click on course dates at top of page.

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Prints inspired by textiles in Crowe Street Cottages at Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket by JCK

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Prints inspired by textiles in Crowe Street Cottages at Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket by JCK

 

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Print inspired by Charles Partridge collection i Ipswich Museum by HJ

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Stories and Shadows

We have just finished a course in Felixstowe Library working with stories and inspired by the fabulous shadow boxes by American artist Joseph Cornell.

Joseph Cornell was a collector of things and a teller of stories.  As he wandered the streets of his native New York in his lunch hours he discovered a world of culture and collected books, prints, photographs and keepsakes.  He assembled images and found objects and contained them within wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes.  Each art work was a window into the powerful wanderlust of an extraordinary mind.

We scoured the library shelves for stories that drew us in and connected us to a piece of our own story.  We made books like concertinas that unravelled our thoughts and ideas. We made objects from brightly coloured clay and wrote poems.

These are the boxes we made.

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From The Secret Garden by Lucy Kent

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Impermanence by Colleen Hassen

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Two boxes by W.A. inspired by embroidered slippers

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Family memories by S.L.

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Books and more books by Barbara

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Through a Train Window by Myra

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Into the box

We have been inspired by the intriguing shadow boxes of the American artist, Joseph Cornell and, at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk by the wonderful collection of gypsy wagons.

During the course we have found out how different artists collect and gather material and how their work is influenced by museum collections.  We have drawn and photographed the gypsy wagons and learnt about their life on the road.  We have made ‘leporello’ books to record our ideas through collage and drawing.  We spent three sessions and time in between at home, making our own shadow boxes.  In these boxes we were able to tell our story through the objects that we selected to put in them.  We found our own connections to the travellers objects and way of life and so these finished boxes contain a piece of us, a connection to the museum we worked in and a nod to the great Joseph Cornell who captured all of our imaginations.

These three boxes are all by Trisha. 

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Mixed media by Trisha

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mixed media by Trisha

In This Box……….
In this box, the bottle top stars are contained within the deep blue, like the universe.
Within a natural net of shiny conflict and busy plastic, a gypsy wagon is on its journey, tranquil, peaceful and calm.
But what’s inside?
And what is disguised within the layered words, celestial leaves, and cluttered twigs of this box?
Fallen autumn leaves on their journey to become the dust of the earth.

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mixed media by Patricia Lockwood

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Mixed media by Melissa Williams

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Mixed media by J Rooks

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mixed media by JCK

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the outside of a mixed media box by John

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The doors opened to reveal the inside of John’s box

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mixed media by Liz Warne

These boxes are all on display in the Community Cabinet at Abbott’s Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

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The boxes exhibited in the Community Cabinet in Abbott’s Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk

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Creative Heritage and Art In Mind

 We are delighted to be delivering the Creative Heritage and Art in Mind project in partnership with the Association of  Suffolk Museums and the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. 
Creative Heritage and Art In Mind is an exciting year long heritage and arts in mental health project.  
Rare and intriguing objects and works of art in four Suffolk museums will be helping to inspire more local people to enjoy exploring heritage in new and creative ways, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project is led by the Association for Suffolk Museums working in partnership with the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and four museums, Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, Ipswich Museum, Moyse’s Hall in Bury St Edmunds, and the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. 

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New course on self portraiture

Art In Mind has been at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury during the past six weeks looking at self portraiture.

The self portrait, even more so than the portrait, is primarily a product of memory and imagination.  

Taking this on board we took a whistle stop tour of the history of self portraits in order to think about how we might reproduce our own self portrait.  What aspect of ourselves might we wish to present to the world?

During our six sessions we experimented with mixing paint colours, cut up magazines to produce very individual portraits which we drew, explored the museum to find an object to include with our self portrait in order to give the viewer a further clue into our world and practised the technique of papier mache.

‘I have been to a couple of courses here and it has given me the confidence to try different mediums.’

Museums are inspiring places to make art.  They provide a rich, shared local heritage full of stories and objects that we can connect with which in turn makes us feel more connected to others.

‘An absorbing and productive session … such a lovely atmosphere and such an outpouring of creativity.  It is lovely to be part of it all.’

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Painted self portrait with mixed media portrait photographed in the gallery at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

These amazing self portraits are the result of some very talented individuals.  If you would like to join us in the summer please click on the course dates to find out where and when and how to book a place.

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Painted papier mache self portrait by Eamonn, photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

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Papier mache self portrait by Collette Harrop photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

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Papier mache self portrait with painted paper flowers by Kirsty Sandford, photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

mixed media self protrait by Jason Croft - photographed in garden at GH

Mixed media self portrait by Jason Croft, photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

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New courses for 2015

Art in Mind has secured funding to run a further eight six week courses from January to July 2015.  We would like to thank Realise Futures for their continued support.

Art in Mind will be in a new venue this January, Moyse’s Hall in Bury St Edmunds and also in Ipswich Museum with courses in March at the Museum of East Anglian Life and Gainsborough’s House.  For more details click on the course dates page above.

We are looking forward to seeing what the next few months bring us in the way of beautiful artworks.

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A Taste of Things to Come ….

Over the past three weeks at Ipswich Museum, Gainsborough’s House and the Museum of East Anglian Life we have been making clothes and accessories from paper.

We have been exploring many different ways to manipulate paper so that it behaves as fabric.  The items of clothing made all reveal a part of ourselves, they tell a little bit of our story.

Here are a couple of pieces by John and Wendy, the wonderful, amazing photos are taken by John (our now official Art In Mind photographer),  taken at the Museum of East Anglian Life this week.

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Working with fossils at Ipswich Museum

During the first two weeks of the objects and art in mind course we have been working with fossils.  We have not only spent time in the geology gallery but have had the wonderful opportunity to have access to one of the museum’s handling boxes containing a selection of fossils that we have been able to work directly from.

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Drawings and collage by Barbara

We have been looking at mark making both in drawing and experimenting with paper to reproduce texture.

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Sketchbook by Hannah

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Sketchbook by Chiraphan

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Collage by Lottie

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Artwork by Phil James

We ended the second session drawing sections of the fossils and exploring a paper batik resist technique.

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Resist by Hannah

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Resist by A.S.

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Resist by Colin Boyd with photo of fossil

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Resist by Barbara

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Resist by Chiraphan

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Objects and Art In Mind – Autumn Courses

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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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.

 

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New Courses for Summer 2014

Four new courses, three art and one creative writing,  will run this summer in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket.  Dates and venues will be confirmed shortly.  Please check courses page for up to date information.

Two courses will be run at the Ipswich Art School Gallery alongside a new exhibition of work, Tidal Margins 3.  The exhibition of words, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by artists and writers depicts the coastline and rivers of Suffolk.  tidal margins.wordpress.com  Surrounded by words and images of the Suffolk Coast the art course will explore different ways of working with paper, including collage and three dimensional work.  As always all abilities are welcome.

The creative writing course will again take inspiration from the exhibition exploring the coastline through the written word.

The two art courses in Felixstowe and Stowmarket will also explore paper in all its many forms.

For more information please go to the courses page or to make an enquiry please leave a message via the contact page.

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