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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 15, 22 February & Half-Term 19 Wed - 21 Fri February

At The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 

 

"Really enjoyed it especially talking to the artist and having the time and space to focus on art."

 

 Source is FREE for Art & Design Students preparing for their exams

 · Art studio with high quality materials

· Professional artists to assist with arts techniques and ideas

· Art research, informal discussion tours of the Museums’ collections

· Advice on your art exam themes  & the University of Cambridge Museums collections

Further details:  

education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk           

tel: 01223 332904

 

Source programme February 2020

Focus Saturdays will include 

  • Printing workshops with artists Ollie St Clare Terry and Lucy Mazur
  • Tuesday to Friday artist led studio practice and gallery research tours

 

New create Street Art

Saturday 15 February 11.00-16.00

With London based street artist ‘Hello The Mushroom’

FREE. booking essential

 

New Art Extra

Artist led skill classes 14.00-15.00

Wednesday 19 February Pro create, ipad design programme for designers, illustrators and artists

Thursday 20 February Computer Aided Design for designers and artists

Friday 21 February Figure drawing for illustrators, game designers and artists.

FREE. booking essential

 

Portfolio Review

Friday 21 February 11-12.30

Chat about art & design courses and careers with Will Hill, Deputy Head of Cambridge School of Art.

FREE. booking essential 20 min per slot.

 

Ask The Artist Q & A

Each day of Source 12-12.30pm

FREE. Drop-in

 

Yoga and wellbeing

Saturday 22 February 12-12.45 and 13.30 – 14.15 No previous experience needed

FREE. booking essential

 Source is FREE for Art & Design Students preparing for their exams · Art studio with high quality materials

· Professional artists to assist with arts techniques and ideas

· Art research, informal discussion tours of the Museums’ collections

· Advice on your art exam themes  & the University of Cambridge Museums collections

Further details:  

education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk           

tel: 01223 332904

Drop-in to Cambridge University Museums to draw and research your art exam themes opening times & locations http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/

 

What did young people say about Source 2019

“Found out a lot, new artists and styles, even old art has an application in modern art”.

“I enjoyed looking at painting and making connections, extending my ideas and telling me about other artists”.

“Of course it helps a lot having conversations with each other and know where to improve, I should do more research on relevant artists and find inspiration”.

“Great conversations about inspiration for artists and different areas of design”.

For the last 11 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?

 

Download

Evaluation Report - Source 2019 (.pdf)

Exam Themes 2020 (.pdf)

 

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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