barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Creative Sunday workshops: September – December 2015

11AM – 12.30PM (AGES 4 – 8 YEARS)

1.30 – 3PM (AGES 8 – 12 YEARS)

September 2015

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.


October 2015

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.

November 2015

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.


December 2015

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


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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The Age of Innocence

18 September 2015 - 10 January 2016

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