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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00

FREE ADMISSION

  • Artwork by Lily, Stephen Perse Foundation  2015
  • Artwork by Stirling, Corby Academy 2016
  • Artwork by Xuanru, Cambridge International School 2015
  • Artwork by Liz, Parkside Sixth Form 2016
  • Mike, Corby Academy 2016
  • Corby Academy 2015

We offer a range of activities for young adults to help you enjoy the collection out of school hours.

SOURCE

SOURCE is a popular part of our Secondary Schools and Colleges programme designed specifically for  GCSE, A’ Level and BTEC courses.

A FREE Drop-in programme of informal studio and gallery art practice

Saturday 10 , 17 and 24 , plus 13 -16  February 2018

At The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 

 

“I feel a lot more motivated working in the Fitzwilliam environment than in a classroom. The resources were great, I could use and did so much more than at school”

- Lexy year 11 Netherhall School, Cambridge, 2017

 

“At Source, I felt incredibly welcomed and comfortable talking about art techniques etc. as well as learning about techniques I could use to develop my art work, like reduction lino printing.”

- Lorna Year 11 Netherhall, School, Cambridge, 2017

 

“Very helpful for beginning brainstorm ideas and view specific pieces in the gallery – thanks! Welcoming and very useful for my GCSE art project!”

- April, year 11 Comberton Village College, 2017

 

For the last ten years The Fitzwilliam Museum has offered SOURCE over and beyond the spring half-term, supporting GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams.

Based in the informal atmosphere of the Fitzwilliam studio, the Museum Education team and freelance artists offer one-to-one advice to students. We can help students to research their exam theme by giving access to the wealth of ideas and inspiration in the work of other artists. To do this we offer starting points, gallery tours and advice on how to make the most of our on-line resources.

In addition, the artists and art materials in the studio are available, and not least the space - both mental and physical - to work which is not always so easy to find at home. Artistic support is available in the media of drawing, painting and printmaking each day, and also encouragement to draw from observation in the galleries.

SOURCE has been shown to help students meet the Assessment Objectives set out in each exam paper, and to improve their grade. Why not try it?

 

Focus Saturdays will include

  • Printing
  • Drawing and painting

 

Plus Friday 16 February Portfolio and sketchbook reviews, plus arts career advice

10.30 – 13.30
FREE
A morning of art portfolio reviews and advice about art courses and career ideas. In collaboration with Anglia Ruskin School of Art, with university lecturers on hand to answer your questions.

14.00 artist Mali Morris will hold an informal Q&A session for students.  Mali has taught and examined at many Departments of Fine Art, including Chelsea College of Art and Design and University of the Arts, London,
where she was Senior Lecturer in Painting from 1991-2005.  In March 2010 she was elected as a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, where she is currently Chair of the Learning Committee.  Part of RA250 at the Fitz

 

Extend your research at the collections at the University of Cambridge Museums:

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Polar Museum, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, The Whipple Museum The Botanic Garden and The Museum of Classical Archaeology.

Students are welcome to return to the Fitzwilliam Museum to continue with their research and ideas in the Museum studio with Artists and Educators.

FREE. Drop-in: no booking required. Refreshments available.

For further information, please contact Sarah Blake on 01223 332904 or .

MAKE! for 11-13 year olds

Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month. These sessions are specifically designed for younger teens.

 

 MAKE! flyer Autumn 2017

 

In partnership with Brookes Cambridge

ReSource for 13-18 year olds

Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month. These sessions are specifically designed for young people.

Download ReSource flyer ReSource flyer Autumn 2017

Teens Summer Gallery Art Guide to the Fitzwilliam Museum

This summer we are pleased to offer young people aged 11-18 YEARS a self-led museum guide to 4 of the Fitzwilliam Galleries.

Packed with ideas and activities to suit all interests from Dutch Flower paintings, the dark symbolism of The Salvator Rosa to contemporary sculpture and ceramics.

Get sketching, start an art investigation or strike up art themed discussions as part of a your visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum with family and friends. Teens summer gallery art guide are FREE and can be collected from the entrance desks along with drawing materials or bring your own sketch book to record your visit.

Gallery 7

Gallery 8

Gallery 17

Gallery 27

Work Experience

Work Experience Taster Days

There are 30 Work Experience Taster Day places available each session, held twice a year. If you are between the ages of 13 - 18 and interested in a place, please email your name and the school you attend to the University of Cambridge Museums Opening Doors Project Coordinator at

Work Experience Taster Days are held three times a year, please visit Get Involved on the UCM website for future dates.

Work Experience Placements

The University of Cambridge Museums offer work experience placements in June and July for school-aged participants, providing them the opportunity to spend a week learning new skills and developing their self-confidence, timekeeping and communication.

During their placement work experience students spend half their time at the Fitzwilliam Museum and half their time at one of the other University museums. They undertake a short project ‘Curating a Personal Story’ where they are required to select two objects from each of their host museums and two from home, bringing them together in a mini exhibition which tells a story about themselves. At the end of the week the students present their mini exhibition to a small group of museum staff.

 

 

Art and Design Exam Themes

 

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum, a great place to introduce your students to their mock and actual Exam research for GCSE, A Level and BTEC Art and Design.

Each year we prepare a selected itinerary that matches key objects from our collection to your exam themes. We suggest that you read the attached PDF which is divided into the various Exam Boards, this may well help you prepare your students for your Self Led Session in the Fitzwilliam Galleries.

Your students are encouraged to draw from the real objects, record information and their own thoughts and ideas, it is a good idea to start them off with one or two objects, explaining details on the object labels each have museum accession numbers, a unique catalogue code they can then use to search for further information on line back at school or college.

Photographing objects can be helpful but nothing beats drawing from the objects.

(Please check that camera flash is off and that special exhibitions may not permit the use of photography due to copyright)

The attached document outlines themes from 2017 and is intended as a starting point.

This is for Teachers as you may well not have released exam papers to your students.

Students may also enjoy researching at the other University of Cambridge Museums which are just a 10 minute walk.

Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people aged between 5 – 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.

The University of Cambridge Museums can play a part in your Arts Award programme. We can devise, support and deliver your award across the eight University Museums and collections. Whether you are a school, community group, or individual, we can partner you with an award advisor. The University of Cambridge Museums offer all levels of Arts Award, for which more information can be found on our blog.

For more information on Arts Award, please see the official website.

Please contact Lucy Shipp, Learning Associate (Widening Participation and Arts Award) 01223 761742 or email las83@cam.ac.uk for details.

Upcoming Young People Events

True Colours: beetles and birds in the museum

Mon, 11 Dec 2017

Inspired by this year’s Festival of Ideas theme, Truth, educators from the Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Zoology created activities to help young children and their families explore the “true” essence of colours in art and nature. The Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Zoology have collaborated on Early Years activities in the past, but this time we wanted to change... Read full article


Learning about learning: the GEM Foundation course

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

At the beginning of October, I travelled to London for the first two days of the GEM Foundation Course in Museum Learning. This course is a combination of group discussion, reading, lectures, practical exercises, site visits, mentoring and self-reflection intended to expand and inform the thinking of museum education professionals at the start of their careers. For our first day... Read full article


Learning about Culture: Measuring what Matters

Mon, 13 Nov 2017

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the launch of the new Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) / Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Learning about Culture Programme on Tuesday 17th October. In this post I reflect on the programme and consider what arts and cultural organisations can do to improve the evidence base around our work with children and young people.... Read full article


My Nursery is at the Museum and Garden

Thu, 09 Nov 2017

What happened when a group of 3 year olds spent a week ‘in residence’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Botanic Garden? Inspired by the ‘My Primary School is at the Museum’ project, educators at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Botanic Garden invited nine children from a local nursery to spend five mornings ‘in residence’. Over the coming weeks and months... Read full article


Families, Freedom and the Future: Under Fives in Museums

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

Museums are brilliant places for young children – the combination of exciting architectural spaces, amazing collection objects and the social aspects of museum visiting make for incredibly stimulating learning possibilities. However, engaging young children with museums can present challenges too. Nicola Wallis and Holly Morrison from the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department share their insights from the Freedom to Explore: Engaging... Read full article