11AM – 12.30PM (AGES 4 – 8 YEARS)
1.30 – 3PM (AGES 8 – 12 YEARS)
Sunday 13 September: Heritage Heroes
Ages 4 – 8 years: Make a Modroc sculpture of Birmingham heroes for Heritage Week. Ages 8 – 12 years: Make modroc sculptures of the University’s heroes including scientists, explorers…and even Lady Barber!
Sunday 20 September: 2 sides to every story
Ages 4 – 8 years:Draw a ‘before and after’ Barber story on a double-sided card panel inspired by our De Beer painting. Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn about our amazing De Beer painting and make a double-sided narrative panel illustrating your own ‘before and after’ Barber story
Sunday 27 September: 3D Music
Ages 4 – 8 years:Explore colour, texture and form in this multi-sensory workshop with a live musician Ages 8 – 12 years: Listen to live music and make a sculpture to match inspired by the Stravinsky Fountain in Paris.
Sunday 4 October: Pop – Up Paper Theatres
Ages 4 – 8 years: Turn Jan Steen’s dramatic depiction of king Ahasuerus and Esther into a 3D theatre! Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn paper folding techniques and create your very diorama, inspired by Jan Steen’s The Wrath of Ahasuerus.
Sunday 11 October: Large layered landscapes
Ages 4 – 8 years: Create a large oil pastel picture inspired by Frank Auerbach’s landscape. Learn how to layer and blend oil pastels to create dramatic effects. Ages 8 – 12 years:Experiment with combinations of colours to create an atmospheric and textured oil pastel landscape. Build up layers to show light and shadow.
Sunday 18 October: Extravagant Embossing
Ages 4 – 8 years: Try embossing – drawing raised marks into foil sheets to create pictures. Ages 8 – 12 years: Use embossing foil and tools to create detailed designs, inspired by our striking Portuguese 16th century dish.
Sunday 25 October: Pastel and Bodycolour portraits
Ages 4 – 8 years: Experiment with pastels, gouache paint and sepia paper to make your own portrait, inspired by our Terms of Engagement exhibition. Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn how to use pencil, pastels and body colour paint on sepia paper to create a portrait drawing.
Sunday 1 November: Marvellous Mono-prints
Ages 4 – 8 years:Create your own Barber inspired mono-print. Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn about mono-printing techniques. Create a print of a Barber painting, adding collage to create a mixed-media piece
Sunday 8 November: Impasto Painting
Ages 4 – 8 years:Using really thick paint and palette knives, create a textured night-time painting inspired by Frank Auerbach. Ages 8 – 12 years: Learn impasto painting techniques, building up thick layers of paint with palette knives to create texture, atmosphere and contrasting colours.
Sunday 15 November: Porcelain Dogs
Ages 4 – 8 years: Explore the dogs in our paintings and make a clay sculpture of your favourite pooch! Ages 8 – 12 year: Learn why dogs appear in portraits, and model a canine sculpture with porcelain clay.
Sunday 22 November: Surreal self-portraits
Ages 4 – 8 years: Create your own magical, colourful self-portrait inspired by Jennifer Mc Rae’s work. Ages 8 – 12 year: Study Jennifer McRae’s 2013 University portrait. Then create a surreal self-portrait using watercolour techniques.
Sunday 29 November: Willow Stars
Ages 4 – 8 years: Make a seasonal ornaments using willow sticks and crafty decorations. Ages 8 – 12 year: Learn to weave willow sticks into 3D shapes and add crafty decorations for Christmas.
Sunday 6 December: Christmas Tote Bags
Ages 4 – 8 years: Decorate a Christmas tote bag, giving your favourite Barber characters a festive makeover! Ages 8 – 12 year: Design and decorate a Christmas tote bag. Transform your favourite Barber scene into a Winter wonderland.
Sunday 13 December: Pen & Ink festive cards
Ages 4 – 8 years: Be inspired by the people and places in our paintings- turn them into festive cards using pen and ink. Ages 8 – 12 year: Study the figures and landscapes in our paintings- create festive cards using pen and ink techniques