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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

Saturdays 16 and 23 February 

Half Term, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20, Thursday 21, Friday 22 February 2019 

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 22 February, Your Portfolio Review day led by Anglia Ruskin Art. Lecturers and artists working with you in the collections at the University of Cambridge Museums: 

 

NEW Art and Mindfulness, two 45 minute afternoon sessions led by an experienced Mindfulness therapist designed specifically for students of any subjects experiencing exam stress, learn how to focus, relax and be present in the moment. 

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Polar Museum, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, The Whipple Museum, The Botanic Garden, The University Museum of Zoology 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 on designated days. 

FREE. Drop-in: no booking required. 

Refreshments available. Dates for specific events will be released in January 2019. 

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

 

Download

Art and Design Exam Themes

 

Report

SOURCE 2019 Evaluation Report

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 2019

 

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 2019


Mindfulness and Art for Young PeopleMindfulness & Art for Young People

 

Teens 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 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 2019 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 the Learning team at 01223 332904 or education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk  for details.

Upcoming Young People Events

Branding Challenge: a summer Arts Award project for young people in care

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

This August the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) were pleased to continue our partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council in offering a group of Looked After Children (young people, currently unable to be supported by their own families, who are in the Council’s care) the chance to complete a Bronze Arts Award in a week. We were joined at the Fitzwilliam... Read full article


A modern day treasure hunt

Wed, 23 Oct 2019

This summer, young visitors to some of the University of Cambridge Museums had the opportunity to participate in an exciting artist-led treasure hunt. Hidden Tales: the Riddle of the White Sphinx, created by Mark Wells and Sorrel May, and illustrated by Jennifer Bell, encourages families to explore our museums in a different way…. here, author Mark Wells tells all. How... Read full article


Practical Evaluation

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

How can arts and cultural organisations evaluate the quality and impact of our work with children and young people? Over the last 18 months, members of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Learning Team have been working on an evaluation project with colleagues from the National Gallery, part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project in partnership... Read full article


Twelve teenagers curate an exhibition on climate change

Tue, 01 Oct 2019

The plan was this: invite twelve young people into the museum, fill their brains with information about the Polar Regions and museum displays and then ask them to produce the framework for a temporary exhibition about climate change. In a week. There is a lot of buzz around ‘co-curation’ projects at the moment. The idea is, by bringing in an... Read full article


Toddlers Go Digital

Thu, 11 Jul 2019

Here at the Fitzwilliam Museum, we want to inspire young artists by giving them access to our incredible collections and a wide range of high quality creative materials. Here we used digital tools alongside more traditional resources to help very young children explore and create their own art. Following on from our collaborative projects with the UCM Digital Maker in... Read full article