ONLINE COURSE Exploring garden poetry

In this morning session you will be guided through some classic poems from Andrew Marvell and John Clare to more contemporary poets of flowers and gardens. You will be encouraged to share your own thoughts through writing a poem or two – even if you have never tried it before.  There will be both written and reading exercises. By the end of the session, you will have encountered some of the key forms of poetry and been inspired to begin or develop your own poems.

ONLINE COURSE Developing watercolour technique: further painting the garden landscape

In this two-part course you will begin to develop your own technique working with watercolour paint. Structured around a restricted palette of five colours we will explore the opportunity of watercolour in depicting the landscape of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Led by professional artist and award winning painter John Wiltshire, you will extend your knowledge and experience of the technique with creative and exploratory practical exercises and learn how to apply these approaches in creating your own paintings.

ONLINE & GARDEN TWO PART COURSE Introduction to soils: formation, texture, structure and assessment

The first online session introduces learners to soil formation and how to cultivate soil to promote its health. Learners will gain an understanding of the science of soils and the variety of life within it. Most importantly you will learn that soil is the foundation of all successful growing and that how we assess, cultivate and care for our soil ensures a healthy and productive garden.

ONLINE COURSE Introduction to soils: formation, texture, structure and assessment

This online course introduces learners to soil formation and how to cultivate soil to promote its health. Learners will gain an understanding of the science of soils and the variety of life within it. Most importantly you will learn that soil is the foundation of all successful growing and that how we assess, cultivate and care for our soil ensures a healthy and productive garden.

CLASSROOM COURSE Screen printing on fabric: autumnal patterns

Come along to this exciting 2-day workshop with a pile of plain fabrics or T-shirts etc and leave with colourful prints inspired by autumn in the Botanic Garden.  Our starting point will be to look at the wonderful leaf shapes, seed pods, berries and late-season flowers.  Emphasis will be on the experimental, developing your own designs, using paper screen masks, and mixing colour to create your own unique fabrics.  This is a great introductory session for anyone new to screen printing as well as for students who would like to develop existing printing skills.

Online | Women: Makers and Muses, An Introduction

Drawing from our rich holdings of paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and sculpture, ‘Women: makers and muses’ is the first display in an on-going series highlighting work by women throughout the history of art and from across the globe.

A series of films made in response to the display in which curators offer further thoughts on featured artworks will be followed by a Q&A with Jane Munro and Rebecca Birrell.

Spotlight Gallery Talk | Magdalene Odundo in Cambridge

Join Fitzwilliam Museum Curator, Helen Ritchie, for a brief introduction (approx. 30 minutes) to Magdalene Odundo in Cambridge. Curated by ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo DBE, this display marks 50 years since Odundo moved from Kenya to Cambridge to study at Cambridge School of Art and brings together a selection of global collections from Cambridge collections with examples of her own unmistakeable work.

Please note these spotlight talks will take place at the Museum. Booking is free but necessary.

 

Online | Gold of the Great Steppe: How We Know What We Know

As we take in the splendour and beauty of the gold artefacts from the Great Steppe, we can’t help but wonder about their prehistoric makers and users: Where did they obtain the precious metal? What tools and techniques did they employ to turn it into the elaborate artefacts we admire today? How did they learn their skills? Were these objects used in life, or made for the dead? Scientific analyses provide some answers but also raise new questions.

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