Mesmerising Mosaic Making
11-15 August 2003
In the amazing surroundings of Colchester Castle Museum children can try their hand at the ancient art of mosaic making. They will have the chance to create their own mat with real unglazed ceramic tiles in traditional Roman colours. After comparing their handiwork with real Roman items in the Museum they can take it home and show it off to friends and family.
This introduction to mosaic making may even spark off a hobby that they can continue at home. Not only will you have some wonderful mosaics around the house; think of the peaceful moments it will create for parents!
The workshop is led by Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, a very experienced local artist who has appeared on the BBC television programme Fantasy Rooms, when she created a Mosaic for a Roman room. The great Roman History of Colchester has been an important influence for Anne's work. She says, "Colchester Castle itself and its fantastic Roman collection have inspired many of my own designs, and is the perfect atmosphere for families to explore this ancient art".
With the Colchester Museums excellent collections such as the famous Middleborough Mosaic, there will be some competition with the outstanding examples of Roman Art on display, but no shortage of inspiration. By the end of the sessions the budding Roman interior designers will have developed their skills to transform their own homes. A dropped plate will never be viewed as a disaster again, as the pieces can be transformed into a work of art after this workshop!
The sessions begin at 11pm, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm each lasting approximately 45 minutes. The cost of the workshop is included in admission to Museum and we request an additional fifty pence contribution towards materials used.
Booking possible in advance on 01206 292841
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An Unusual and Creative Visit
Brass Rubbings at Colchester Castle Museum
18-22 August 2003
At Colchester Castle Museum, don't miss the opportunity to come and make your own brass rubbings from a wide range of bronzes with popular local artist Ann Lambert. It's all part of a family activity week at Colchester Castle from 18 to the 22 August.
Brass rubbing is a simple and rewarding way of capturing a small piece of history. A complete novice can produce a beautiful brass rubbing suitable for home decoration or as a gift in less than an hour. Visitors will be amazed at the results and will want to take their works of art home and frame them. There will be the chance of working with gold and silver waxes, using replica church brasses from the 13th century to the Tudor period and specially designed brasses from the Roman, Saxon and Viking periods.
The brasses are fascinating and are all unique portraits of the past and a valuable record of days gone by. Brasses tell us about social customs, dress, armour, trades, professions, family stories, and so on, and depict England's unique heritage. Churches throughout England house over seven thousand monumental brasses, these are of armour, heraldry and family history engraved brass plaques and are of particular interest since they were laid down inside the churches as portraits in memory of the dead.
Ann Lambert says, "brass rubbing is an activity that appeals to all the family. I've worked with children and adults in England and Ireland who have enjoyed the experience of making their own rubbings from our brass and resin facsimiles."
This is a drop-in event from 11.30 am - 1.30 pm and again at 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.
Cost: Admission charge to the Castle Museum plus 50p towards materials.
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