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Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
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FREE ADMISSION

 

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 .

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 2018

 

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 2018

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

Upcoming Young People Events

Going coastal in the Fens: exploring the sea with Centre 33

Fri, 28 Sep 2018

The University of Cambridge Museums have a long-term partnership with local charity Centre 33’s Young Carers project, supporting the young people’s engagement with our collections for over ten years. This year, for the first time, we led sessions across the county as well as within our museums. The young people worked with artist Rachel Dormor over the summer exploring the... Read full article


“I had a great week working there!”: Work Experience at the University of Cambridge Museums

Thu, 30 Aug 2018

During the final week of University of Cambridge Museums Work Experience, Deniz from Impington Village College, Maicie from Stour Valley Community School, Katie from Comberton Village College and Nellie-Mae from Cambourne Village College all spent time at the Fitzwilliam Museum and another of our University Museums. We asked them some questions about their time with UCM, what they did and... Read full article


Reflecting on the findings of the UCM Nursery in Residence Project

Wed, 25 Jul 2018

After six months of reflection and writing about the University of Cambridge Museums Nursery in Residence, we are excited to be able to share the findings of our collaborative, practitioner-led research project. ‘Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe what children do, and then, if you have understood it well, perhaps teaching will be different from... Read full article


Autism, Accessibility and Our Public Spaces

Wed, 11 Jul 2018

With support and input from families and professionals dealing with autism on a daily basis, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has been working on a project to become more accessible to those on the autistic spectrum. This blog post explores the importance of, and the journey to, becoming more autism accessible. While most people have heard of autism, they... Read full article


Strollers, Stories & Studio Pottery

Tue, 19 Jun 2018

Some people might be daunted at the thought of a group of Under Fives being invited to express themselves in a contemporary ceramics exhibition, but here at the Fitzwilliam Museum we saw a challenge and wanted to find ways to support our youngest visitors to engage with the objects on display. We devised two sessions: one for 0-2 year olds... Read full article