barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Creative Sunday Workshops

*

 

Please note our Creative Sunday workshops following 15 March have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

If you have already booked, please be assured that you will receive a refund in the coming weeks.

We’re really sorry for any disappointment and hope to return to our usual Sundays soon – keep checking our COVID-19 webpage for further updates.

 

*

 

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

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

CLICK SESSIONS BELOW TO BOOK. 


JANUARY

5 JANUARY

CIAO, VENICE!

Explore Venetian life in our paintings, then make your own paper gondola boat

Session 1 skills: paper-cutting and sticking, drawing people

Session 2 skills: 3D paper construction, figure illustration

 

12 JANUARY

FROM 2D TO 3D

Learn top tips to make your drawings look 3D

Session 1 skills: drawing 3D objects, shading techniques

Session 2 skills: tonal work, drawing still-life

 

19 JANUARY

MARVELLOUS MODROC HEADS

Use Modroc to make a sculpture inspired by the bust of Henri Roquefort

Session 1 skills: working in 3D, sculpting facial feautures

Session 2 skills: portrait sculpture, detail and texture

 

26 JANUARY

LIGHT YOUR LANTERN

Celebrate Chinese New Year! Use watercolour and ink on your own light-up lantern

Session 1 skills: learning about Chinese New Year, using inks

Session 2 skills: decorative techniques, historical Chinese motifs

 


FEBRUARY

2 FEBRUARY

DRESS TO IMPRESS!

Be a fashion designer of miniature garments based on costumes in the collection

Session skills 1: collaging and paper craft, fashion illustration

Session skills 2: discovering historical outfits, applying pattern design

 

9 FEBRUARY 

MONET GOGGLES

Create your own coloured spectacles to wear while you draw in the gallery

Session 1 skills: paper construction, observational drawing

Session 2 skills: coloured pencil techniques, learning about colour

 

16 FEBRUARY

ANIMAL ACCESSORIES

Change into a creature and make your own imaginative animal accessories

Session 1 skills: finding animals in the collection, imagining fantasy animals

Session 2 skills: designing wearable accessories, animal anatomy

 

23 FEBRUARY

SOAPY SAINT CARVINGS

Meet our new sculpture of St James the Great and carve your own saint from a bar of soap

Session skills 1: carving techniques, learn about alabaster

Session skills 2: fine detail and texture, discover saints in art

 


MARCH 

1 MARCH

COLLAGRAPH CREATURES

It’s World Wildlife Day! Create a collagraph inspired by animal patterns and textures

Session skills 1: exploring different textures, drawing animals

Session skills 2: combining textures, developing composition

 

8 MARCH

POWERFUL PORTRAITS

Paint women heroes! Learn about Countess Golovina on International Women’s Day

Session skills 1: mixing acrylic paints, painting portraits

Session skills 2: acrylic paint effects, tonal painting

 

15 MARCH – going ahead as usual

LAYERED LANYON LANDSCAPES

Look at the Cornish landscape from a bird’s-eye view and create an abstract painting

Session 1 skills: creating textures with paint

Session 2 skills: layering textures with paper, combining different viewpoints

 

22 MARCH – cancelled due to COVID-19

ETCHING BY THE SEA

Discover the St Ives artists in our exhibition and try dry-point etching

Session skills 1: line drawing, printing

Session skills 2: precision line drawing, tone and texture in print

 

29 MARCH- cancelled due to COVID-19

PENCIL CASES WITH PERSONALITY

Learn about symbols and attributes in art – then customise a pencil-case all about your own interests

Session skills 1: using fabric pens and stamps

Session skills 2: creating personalised items, textile techniques

 


APRIL

5 APRIL- cancelled due to COVID-19

SILK-SCREEN STENCILS

Explore the abstract in Cornwall as Crucible and create your own mixed media prints

Session skills 1: Exploring shape and colour, using stencils

Session skills 2: Positive and negative shapes, exploring abstraction

 

12 APRIL

NO WORKSHOP

 

19 APRIL – cancelled due to COVID-19

DRAWING HEPWORTH

Find the Hepworth sculpture on campus and get drawing negative space, shape and line

Session skills 1: Observing shape, drawing at different scales

Session skills 2: Learning about negative space, exploring composition

 

26 APRIL – cancelled due to COVID-19

CHANGING SEASONS

Reveal the seasons in our collection through observational drawing of animals and nature

Session skills 1: Observational drawing, descriptive language

Session skills 2: Identifying the seasons, texture and form


 

Collections

Explore the Barber's stunning collections online

Learn more

Writing Workshops

Monthly Saturdays

Learn more

Lates – Yin Yoga

Tuesday 21 January, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Learn more

Painting Cornwall – Course

Saturdays 14, 21 and 28 March

Learn more