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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. Book your place here.

A FREE Online programme of informal studio and gallery art practice

Sat 13 February & Tues 16 - Sat 20 February 2021

 

For the last 12 years we have offered SOURCE through the spring half-term, supporting GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC Art and Design students as they prepare for their art assessments. 

The online 2021 programme provides a relaxed online setting with artists to help students prepare for their art assessments and practical techniques.

Further details:  education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk 

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.

Idea Starter 1 - A Room with a View

Idea Starter 2 - Inside My Room

Idea Starter 3 - Abstract art or Dancing with art

Idea Starter 4 - Shadow Lands

Idea Starter 5 - Face to Face - Portraits

Resource and Make! Virtual art workshops for young people

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.

These activities are designed to inspire your art at home and enable you to practice selfcare through 'creative flow'.

Idea Starter 1 - A Room with a View

Idea Starter 2 - Inside My Room

Idea Starter 3 - Abstract art or Dancing with art

Idea Starter 4 - Shadow Lands

Idea Starter 5 - Kitagawa Utamaro Picture Books inspired by nature

Resource and Make! Virtual art workshops 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)

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.

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