*Home School* Junior Art – Mary Anning

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Welcome to the incredible world of Mary Anning!

Join us at Milktooth over 8 weeks as we explore the life and work of one of the most important scientists of all time, Mary Anning. Born on the Southern coast of England, she spent her years tirelessly exploring the sea-side cliffs, excavating, interpreting and documenting the prehistoric fossils she found. Anning’s contributions to paleontology revolutionised our understanding of the deep past and the history of our planet.

Each session of the 8 week course will see students exploring a different aspect of her life through a creative project, learning new skills and gaining new knowledge along the way.

 


 

Week 1 – 30th July

In the first session we will be replicating the strange and mysterious cyanobacteria that Anning found staining the rocks of Dorset. Looking less like lifeforms, and more like strange patterns, it took a long time before the origin of these life forms was understood.

In this workshop, students will:
– mix their own paint pigments using spirulina
– explore abstracted paint techniques using watercolours on paper
– use paint pens and coloured pencils to draw out details from the abstracted paintings

Week 2 – 6th August

In the second session, we will be exploring the elegant, mathematical formations of ferns, that were often found as flattened fossil imprints. Their repeating patterns and perfect arcs are delightful to replicate and we’ll be taking our time looking at their guiding forms.

In this workshop, students will:
– Use a variety of drawing tools to carefully recreate the patterning of ferns
– Draw and paint onto paper
– Carefully measure and replicate fern patterns

Week 3 – 13th August

In the third session we will be looking at the many crustaceans that Anning uncovered during her journeys. Their fearful symmetry and graceful limbs are the perfect subject for this printmaking session.

In this workshop, students will:
– Study the designs and patterns of crabs and trilobites
– Make a series of prints using styrofoam and paint onto paper
– Use gold pens to embellish their crustacean prints

Week 4 – 20th August

In the fourth session we will be looking at technique for depicting volume, form and shape in our drawings by completing a range of drawn studies of shells. These shells, although common, formed an integral part of Annings work.

In this workshop, students will:
– Complete a series of observational drawings of shells
– Drawings will be done on tonal paper using pastels and pencil

Week 5 – 27th August

In the fifth session we will be delighting in one of Anning’s most infamous discoveries, the spectacular marine reptiles, the ichthyosaurs! The imposing fossil remains were recovered by Anning time and time again, leading to her extensive documentation of a variety of species. We will spend the day sculpting and refining a small replica of these amazing animals.

In this workshop, students will:
– Study the ichthyosaur skeletal system
– Use modelling clay to make a miniature, replica ichthyosaur
– Manually knead the Fimo so that it softens
– Carefully sculpt the shapes they have identified, using their hands and small tools
– Assemble their sculpted components

Week 6 – 3rd September

In the sixth session we will continue to craft and improve on our sculpting of marine reptile remains, learning more advanced techniques for working with modelling clay while assembling a selection of fossils.

In this workshop, students will:
– Study the ichthyosaur skeletal system
– Use modelling clay to make a miniature, replica ichthyosaur
– Manually knead the clay so that it softens
– Carefully sculpt the shapes they have identified, using their hands and small tools
– Assemble their sculpted components

Week 7 – 10th September

In the seventh session we will turn our attention away from the prehistoric beasts and on to Anning herself. During this workshop we will needle felt a soft model of Anning as well as her fearless friend, her dog ‘Tray’.

In this workshop, students will:
– Use needles and wool to craft a felted figure of Mary Anning and her dog Tray.

Week 8 – 17th September

Growing up, Mary Anning’s father was a cabinet maker. In this final session we will take the small treasures we have been crafting over the term and carefully curate them into our very own ‘cabinet’ of curiosities.

In this workshop, students will:
– Curate a selection of their work from the term to include in small wooden frames
– Make labels for their objects
– Carefully arrange their objects on display
– Use glue to affix their objects into place

 


 

Age range: This workshop is suitable for ages 7 – 15

Drop and leave: Milktooth is an art space unsuitable for younger siblings and workshops are drop and leave. Please feel free to settle your child/ren and then enjoy a coffee at one of the nearby cafes or a visit to Scitech and return at 11.30am for pickup. If your child requires 1:1 support, you are welcome to stay and support them, without younger siblings present.

Supervising adults and numbers: Workshops require a minimum of 12 students to run, and a maximum of 16, with Artists Teachers Liz and Campbell maintaining a ratio of 1:8.

Lunch and Snacks: Please have an early lunch and avoid bringing peanuts into Milktooth. Do bring a water bottle, and light snack if your child needs.

Parking: There are plenty of parking options around the Milktooth studio that have a variety of conditions. Please check our Guide to Visiting Milktooth, which has detailed parking guides and photos of how to find us.

Available Days: This home school program is only available Fridays 10am-11.30am at this stage. Classes begin on Friday 30th July and run for 8 consecutive weeks

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Date

Fridays 10:00am – 11:30am, 8 x 1.5hr lessons