barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Creative Sunday workshops

January – April 2016

11AM – 12.30PM (AGES 4 – 8 YEARS)

1.30 – 3PM (AGES 8 – 12 YEARS)

January 2016

Sunday 10 January: Future Self-portraits

Ages 4 – 8 years: Future-gaze and create a fun self-portrait using drawing, collage and mixed media, inspired by our ‘Flinck in Focus’ display.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Can you imagine yourself in 30 years’ time? Create a self-portrait of your future self using drawing, collage and mixed media.

Sunday 17 January: Paper Costumes

Ages 4 – 8 years: Create paper cut-out costumes, inspired by 17th-century ruffles, collars and cuffs, then decorate with collage and print.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Discover 17th-century costumes in our portraits. Create paper cut-out ruffles, collars and cuffs and develop with collage and print techniques.

Sunday 24 January: Watercolour Animals

Ages 4 – 8 years: Sketch and paint detailed watercolour animals, inspired by works in our galleries.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Create detailed watercolour paintings of animals. Learn how to layer watercolour paints while adding fine detail.

Sunday 31 January: Gold Shiny Frames

Ages 4 – 8 years: Look at the beautiful picture frames in the gallery, and then sculpt your own using modroc.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn about the ornate frames that surround our paintings. Examine the mouldings and sculpt a frame in modroc.


February 2016

Sunday 7 February: Big Expressive Skies

Ages 4 – 8 years: Learn about colour and composition, the paint an expressive sky inspired by works in the gallery.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Explore the beautiful skies in our collection. Then using wet-on-wet wash techniques paint a large-scale expressive sky.

Sunday 14 February: Silkscreen Barber Postage Stamps

Ages 4 – 8 years: Create a silk-screen printed postage stamp inspired by our colourful Miro print.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Study Miro’s bold postage stamp print up-close, and then create a colourful silk-screen print.

Sunday 21 February: Op Art Illusions

Ages 4 – 8 years: Using simple geometric forms and bold colours create shapes that will ‘pop out’ from the paper.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Study Bridget Riley’s Op Art paintings, then create shapes inspired by the bold, geometric forms you find.

Sunday 28 February: Still Life Skills

Ages 4 – 8 years: Experiment with chalk and charcoal, and learn how to draw real objects using light and dark tones.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Draw from our still life scene; using chalk, charcoal and tonal effects create realistic-looking objects.


March 2016

Sunday 6 March: Abstract Stencil Painting

Ages 4 – 8 years:Make stencils with masking tape and create a modern, geometric designs inspired by our exhibition.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Dazzle the eyes with Op Art-inspired geometric masking tape stencils and paint.

Sunday 13 March: Painted Leaves and Plants

Ages 4 – 8 years: Look at our prints of trees and create your own stylised prints of leaves and foliage.

Ages 8 – 12 years: Study the shapes and patterns found in leaves and plants and design and print your own stylised foliage.

Sunday 20 March: Woven Textile Pictures

Ages 4 – 8 years: Weave a bright picture using wool and fabric, inspired by the patterns found in our Chance, Order, Change exhibition.

Ages 8 – 12 years:Experiment with colour, repetition and pattern to create a bold piece of abstract textile art.


April 2015

Sunday 3 April: Surreal Leaf Animals

Ages 4 – 8 years: Discover Magritte’s Surrealist leaf-bird painting and use collage and paint to create an imaginary creature.

Ages 8 – 12 year: Study Magritte’s painting and learn about Surrealism.  Use mixed media techniques to create a surreal, imaginary creature.

Sunday 10 April: Charcoal Relief Prints

Ages 4 – 8 years: Learn how to draw people in action from dancers to acrobats, using a charcoal relief print technique.

Ages 8 – 12 year: Study Degas’s Miss La La drawing, then draw a figure in motion using the charcoal relief print technique.

Sunday 17 April: Angular Abstract Tiles

Ages 4 – 8 years: Design and build clay tiles decorated with bold geometric patterns inspired by our Chance, Order, Change exhibition.

Ages 8 – 12 year:  Learn about 20th century abstract art and reinterpret the designs into clay tile, exploring line, shape and pattern.

Sunday 24 April: Funky Contour Faces

Ages 4 – 8 years: Turn your favourite Barber portrait into a bright and funky watercolour, adding pattern and detail with fine liner pens.

Ages 8 – 12 year: Create a bold and bright watercolour portrait, adding pattern to the contours of the face with fine-liner pens.

Visualising Sound 2: Art and Music Workshop Day

Friday 11 March 2016 9.30am-4.30pm

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Saturday 12 December, 1.30 - 4pm

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14 November, 1.30 - 4pm

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Auerbach Abstract oil painting

Saturdays 7 & 14 November 11am - 4pm

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