barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Creative Sunday Workshops

Session 1 for Age 4 – 8 years: 11am – 12.30pm 

Session 2 for Age 8 – 12 years: 1.30 – 3pm


MAY

6 May

Frame your Reynolds Painting

Painting a Joshua Reynolds-inspired watercolour and then frame it using paper techniques.

Session 1 skills: Paint with watercolours; Framing artwork.

Session 2 skills: Watercolour techniques; paper cutting and relief work

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13 May

Polyblock Parrot Printing

Make a colourful parrot using collage and print inspired by our Edward Lear print.

Session 1 skillsCutting and sticking; Printing with coloured inks

Session 2 skills: A la poupée printing; Learning about Edward Lear

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20 May

Sketching Sculpture!

Study our sculptures and take on the challenge of drawing them from different angles.

Session 1 skills: Drawing in the gallery; Fun with foreshortening!

Session 2 skills: Observational drawing skills; Foreshortening and perspective

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27 May

Textured Beach Scenes

Be inspired by Eugene Boudin and create a texture beach scene using sand, shells and paint!

Session 1 skills: Colour mixing; Create texture

Session 2 skills: Colour mixing with acrylic paint; Create depth of field

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June

3 June

Clay Coins

Make clay reliefs inspired by our Roman coin designs.

Session 1 skills: Use clay and tools; Relief modelling

Session 2 skills: Designing to a brief; Exploring pattern, shape and working in negative

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10 June

Vibrant Oil Pastels

Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec, use oil pastels on different surfaces for dramatic results.

Session 1 skills: Oil pastel techniques; Create vibrant colour and lines

Session 2 skills: Impressionistic drawing; Create expressive, bold lines

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17 June

Making Maps

View some of the University’s oldest maps then draw and layer your own map of the city.

Session 1 skills: Collage techniques; Learn to draw and make maps 

Session 2 skills: Learn about old maps; 3D drawing and perspective

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24 June

Sketch, Scratch ‘n’ Print

Create a dry point etching based on a favourite hobby inspired by American artist John Sloan.

Session 1 skills: Draw from imagination; Learn about etching printmaking 

Session 2 skills: Learn to make a dry point etching; Use the printing press

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July

1 July

Super Sketchbooks

Inspired by ‘Drawn to Perfection’ create lots of different papers and bind them all in a sketchbook to take home.

Session 1 skills: Explore textured surfaces; Create pattern and shape

Session 2 skills: Simple paper-making techniques; Mixed-media techniques

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8 July

Barber Harbour

Make boats, buildings and figures with card, pens and pencils based of Bellows’s ‘Men of the Docks’

Session 1 skills: Papercraft and model-making; Imaginative design

Session 2 skills: Paper engineering and construction skills; Working in a group

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15 July

Abstract Tote Bag

Design and print an abstract tote bag inspired by Sir Howard Hodgkin.

Session 1 skills: Using fabric paints and pens; Design and layout

Session 2 skills: Learn about abstract art; Design and composition skills

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22 July

Meet the Mermaid

Draw the University’s mermaid fountain using wax and watercolour

Session 1 skills: Drawing outside on location; Mixed media drawing 

Session 2 skills: Drawing en plein air; Wax resist technique

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29 July

Landscape Paperweights

Make a stone paperweight displaying your own miniature painting of a beautiful landscape.

Session 1 skills: Painting onto pebbles; Colour mixing skills

Session 2 skills: Landscape composition techniques; Varnishing and finishing

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August

5 August

Matisse in Yarn!

Use colourful yarn to create a vibrant Henri Matisse Landscape

Session 1 skills: Drawing with yarn; Selecting colours and textures

Session 2 skills: Learn about Matisse’s landscape painting; Layout and composition skills

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12 August

Blue Bower Geometrics

Create patterns with paper and print inspired by Rossetti’s painting ‘The Blue Bower’

Session 1 skills: Create pattern using circles and hexagons; Polyblock printing skills

Session 2 skills: Design a repeated geometric pattern; Layering collage and print

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19 August

Moving Animals

Find the animals in our galleries and create your own fantastical split-pin puppet creature!

Session 1 skills: Imagination skills; Constructing with card

Session 2 skills: Observational and imaginative drawing; Card construction skills

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26 August

Wax Relief Tablets

Build and carve wax relief tablets inspired by historic objects in our collection.

Session 1 skills: Constructing in 3D; Wax relief modelling skills

Session 2 skills: Figurative sculpture; Hand building and carving into wax

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September

2 September

Maritime Monoprints

Inspired by ‘Men of the Docks’ print a scene of adventure of the high seas

Session 1 skills: Imagination skills; Learn how to monoprint

Session 2 skills: Monoprinting using silk screens; Painting with gouache paint

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9 September

Monochrome Fabric Drawings

Create an Italian Renaissance masterpiece on fabric with pens and washes

Session 1 skills: Use fabric paints and pens; Create washes onto fabric

Session 2 skills: Use a monochrome palette; Learn cross-hatching and shading

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16 September

Charcoal Portraits

Take a look at the faces in our summer exhibition and create your own charcoal portrait.

Session 1 skills: Studying faces; Charcoal drawing techniques

Session 2 skills: Draw into charcoal ground with rubbers; Build layers of light and shadow

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23 September

Hybrid Animal Casting

Imagine your own grotesque hybrid animal and cast it using plaster-of-paris

Session 1 skills: Observation and imagination skills; Explore texture and shapes in clay to cast

Session 2 skills: Create a relief sculpture; Learn casting techniques

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30 September

Harvest-time Felting

Make 3D vegetables in felt inspired by food in the Barber collection.

Session 1 skills: Working in 3D; Felt-making techniques

Session 2 skills: Learn about the history of felt-making; 3D textile skills

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LIFT OUT OF ORDER

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Drawn to Perfection: Exhibition in Conversation

Thursday 28 June, 6 - 8pm

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Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)

Peasant Returning from the Dunghill

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Pierre Étienne Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867)

Oaks Among Boulders

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