Epping Forest District Museum was buzzing with visitors over the summer with all sorts of fantastic art and craft activities.
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Painting and drawing
Ocean masterpieces were made from the budding artists at How to Paint: Acrylic; who used a mixture of sponges, cardboard, sand and toothbrushes to get different textures.
How to Paint: Watercolour artists experimented with techniques such as dry paint on dry paper and wet paint on wet paper, making beautiful sunsets and their own interpretations of work by JMW Turner.
The new How to Draw Level 3 session taught our young artists to look for the negative space in their drawings, that there’s no such thing as cheating and how drawing creates illusions.
The rain wasn’t going to spoil the new Art & the Garden workshop; instead we brought the museum garden inside! The young artists and keen gardeners designed their own flowers, created their own Latin style names; took cuttings of leaves and flowers to draw, paint and press; and planted their own bulbs to watch grow.
Focus was then on the forest in ‘Be a Textile Artist’ and ‘Be an Animator’. Participants designed beautiful pictures, inspired by the forest, to print on to a bag. The budding animators created characters and stories for their own ‘crazy forest’ sets, making some fantastic 2D animation.
As part of the Paths Unseen project, funded by Arts Council England, participants explored ‘found poetry’ with performance poet Keely Mills and learnt valuable tips on performing their own work. Artist Jef Winter led an illustration workshop exploring different styles and techniques.
You can see Keely and Jefs’ work at the Paths Unseen exhibition until Saturday 30 September 2017 at Epping Forest District Museum.
Fun for all the family
Over 300 children and their families attended five drop-in events; taking part in a range of historical themed art and craft activities together, including clay modelling, printmaking, designing a Tudor shield and making a hobby horse.
At all the activities, families were given a wide selection of art and craft materials to encourage their creativity and imaginations.
In addition to this, a Family Fun Day was held at the museum on Saturday 5 August where over 200 people enjoyed puppet shows and willow weaving crafts.
Across the district
The Museums, Heritage and Culture team was out and about across the district delivering activities too.
There was another great and wacky show from Booster Cushion Theatre Company; Alan in Wonderland and the 3 Goats Plus. The show was full of audience participation, funny jokes and amazing props including a book that turned into a table and a bridge!
At the Little Storytellers workshop in North Weald, Oliver Jeffer’s sweet story ‘Lost and Found’ was used as inspiration for participants to create their own sea scene, boats, boys and penguins as well as being birds, sea creatures and stormy waves.
There were two ‘Musical in 2 Days’ workshops this year: Charlie and the Chocolate and Annie. Both casts worked incredibly hard to learn the songs, a number of scenes and the choreography to perform in just two days!
- ‘Always good events for the children.’
- ‘Really lovely and fun event. Well organised and resourced. Friendly, kind staff. We love the museum and this added even more fun.’
- ‘Great fun, creative event, unhurried making it very enjoyable and relaxing’