barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Creative Sunday workshops: April – September 2015

11AM – 12.30PM (AGES 4 – 8 YEARS)

1.30 – 3PM (AGes  8 – 12 YEARS)


April 2015


Sunday 12 April: Barber Bags

Ages 4 – 8 years: Decorate a tote bag with Barber characters or scenes using fabric pens and crayons. Ages 8 – 12 years: Design a tote bag featuring your favourite Barber artwork, using fabric pens, crayons and stamps.

Sunday 19 April: Shields & Coats of Arms

Ages 4 – 8 years: Design your own coat of arms and make your shield with modroc. Ages 8 – 12 years: Find out about the coats of arms at the Barber’s entrance, then design and make your own modroc shield.

Sunday 26 April: Spring Scenes

Ages 4 – 8 years: Venture outside the Barber and draw the plants, flowers and trees of spring. Ages 8 – 12 years: Discover nature in our collection. Go outside to make your own drawings of plants, trees and more.

May 2015


Sunday 3 May: Simian Selfies – SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

Ages 4 – 8 years:Make your own New Art West Midlands–inspired simian soft sculpture using fabric and buttons. Ages 8 – 12 years: Design and construct a soft sculpture, turning yourself into a 3D simian!

Sunday 10 May: Strange Sculptures

Ages 4 – 8 years:Create fun sculptures using everyday objects like inflatables and straws. Ages 8 – 12 years: Work with artist Kathleen Fabre to create conceptual sculptures using unexpected materials.

Sunday 17 May: Textile Idol Dolls

Ages 4 – 8 years:Inspired by Lucy Dore’s idols, create your own textile doll. Ages 8 – 12 years: Who’s your idol? Make your own textile doll by drawing onto fabric and sewing together.

Sunday 24 May: Crazy caricatures

Ages 4 – 8 years:Draw your own wacky caricatures with pencil & chalk. Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn to draw imaginative caricatures using pencil, ink and chalk.

Sunday 31 May: Relief soap carving

Ages 4 – 8 years:Make sculpture with an unusual but easy to carve material: soap! Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn relief carving techniques to recreate the Barber’s finest sculptures in soap.

June 2015


Sunday 7 June: Opera comes to life!

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Celebrate the student opera by drawing performers in full costume and hearing them sing! Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Study our opera singers in their costumes, drawing different poses with soft pastels.

Sunday 21 June: Printed Patterns

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Search the Barber for unusual patterns then design and make your own patterned print. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Explore the patterns around the Barber. Design and produce your own patterned lino print.

Sunday 28 June: Bold self-portraits

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Create a colourful self-portrait, using collage and oil pastel to form layers and texture. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Compose a collage and oil pastel self-portrait. Experiment with colour blending, creating textures and shadow.

July 2015


Sunday 5 July: Clay Characters

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Model a head using clay, inspired by sculptor Frank Dobson. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Learn about the sculptures of Frank Dobson to create your own stylised bust in clay.

Sunday 12 July: Painting faces – up close and colourful

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Inspired by painter Matthew Smith, create a colourful, up-close portrait Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Study faces up-close & create a portrait using acrylic paint, whilst learning about colour theory.

Sunday 19 July: Drypoint Printing

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Make a textured drypoint print using etching & scratching techniques. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Create a detailed drypoint print using cross-hatching to create light & shade.

Sunday 26 July: Sandy seascapes

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Paint a seaside holiday (imaginary or real), using coloured sand in your paint. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Discover texture painting & create a seascape inspired by artists Eugène Boudin & Gwen John.

September 2015


Sunday 13 September: Heritage Heroes

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: Celebrate Birmingham Heritage Week, making modroc sculptures of local heroes. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Make modroc sculptures of the University’s heroes – scientists, explorers…even Lady Barber!

Sunday 20 September: 2 sides to every story

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: What happened next? Draw a ‘before & after’ Barber story on a double-sided panel like our De Beer painting. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Learn about our amazing De Beer double-sided panel & make your own, illustrating a ‘before & after’ Barber story.

Sunday 27 September: 3D music

Ages 4 – 8 yrs: What would music look like in 3D? Explore colour, texture & form in this workshop with a live musician. Ages 8 – 12 yrs: Listen to live music & make a matching sculpture inspired by The Stravinsky Fountain in Paris.


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