Craft Academy: Dragons and Dinosaurs

Fabulous beasts on Roman Mosaic, Dewlish © DCM 2017

Fabulous beasts on Roman Mosaic, Dewlish © DCM 2017

Looking for something to do with the kids this Easter? Come and join us for a morning of messy fun at Dorset County Museum’s Craft Academy on Wednesday during the Easter Holidays, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The theme for Wednesday 19 April is Dragons and Dinosaurs’. Our special St George’s Day theme event will look at how dinosaur fossils may have been misinterpreted as dragons and fabulous beasts in the past and we will Wyvernlook at the familiar traits they may have shared in folklore and art.

We’ll provide the materials and the inspiration – you’ll create a wonderful piece to take home with you. Even better, it’s absolutely FREE thanks to sponsorship from Battens Solicitors.

Each time you create a masterpiece at one of our sessions, we will stamp your Craft Academy passport. If you collect three stamps we’ll give you a special certificate.

The next Craft Academy sessions for 2017:

  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Wednesday 2 August

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Adult Craft Workshop: Make a Christmas Wreath

Holly-WreathOn Wednesday 11th November between 1.00pm and 3.30pm, as part of its series of craft sessions the Museum is running a festive workshop for adults to come along and learn how to make a Christmas Wreath.

This session is designed specifically for beginners who wish to try out new crafts and techniques. Tickets cost £10.00 each, and as places are limited to just 15, booking is essential. Basic materials will be provided, but participants will need to bring a bag of straw or rabbit bedding, and their own choice of greenery. At the end of the session participants will have their own handmade Christmas wreath to take home.

For further information and other forthcoming events contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Learn to Paper Basket Weave at Dorset County Museum

Paper Basket WeavingThe first of this year’s adult craft workshops takes place at Dorset County Museum on Wednesday 18th February at 1pm.

This session will teach the art of Paper Basket Weaving a classic craft that is simple and fun. There is a maximum class size of fifteen people for the event and pre-booking is essential. The cost is £10.00 and you are asked to bring a couple of newspapers – the more colourful the better.

Tickets are available now from the Museum shop on 01305 756827. These sessions tend to sell out fast so early booking is recommended. All are welcome – especially complete beginners!

Learn the art of calligraphy at the Dorset County Museum

CalligraphyThe last of this year’s adult craft workshops takes place at Dorset County Museum on Wednesday 4th December at 1.00pm to 3.30pm

This session will teach the basic skills of calligraphy and provide advice on what you need to start this fascinating and rewarding hobby.  Experienced tutor Sara Newman will talk about the history of calligraphy, show some examples of traditional quills and pens and demonstrate many of the basic techniques of the art. She will also show some examples of students’ work to illustrate the progression from beginner to expert calligrapher.

There is a maximum limit of 15 people for the event and pre-booking is essential.  The cost is £7.50 and basic materials will be supplied, although anyone who has a calligraphy set at home is encouraged to bring it in and learn how to use it.  For those nervous of using a traditional metal nib and ink, a simpler alternative is to bring along a calligraphy-tipped felt pen – a medium nib is best – to provide an easier introduction to the basic techniques which will be demonstrated on the day.

Tickets are available now from the Museum shop on 01305 756827.  These sessions tend to sell out fast so early booking is recommended.  All are welcome – especially complete beginners!

Lecture: Taxidermy – Past and Present by Jonathan McGowan

Dorset Naturalist and Taxidermist, Jonathan McGowan

Dorset Naturalist and Taxidermist, Jonathan McGowan

Taxidermy is a skilful traditional craft. It dates not just from the days before the camera and guide book were invented, but is still a highly sought-after profession even today. These skills are needed by naturalists, museum curators, teachers, photographers and interior designers to name but a few. Whilst taxidermy may sometimes be associated with ‘arty’ types, many traditional taxidermists still continue the craft in the most old fashioned of ways.

The art is all about removing the skins of animals, preserving them and recreating a life-like model and mounting it in a natural-looking setting. Taxidermy need not be just about hunting trophies – it is also about safeguarding the memories of loved family pets, or the recycling of dead animals that litter our roadsides from time to time and indeed much vital information can be gained from collecting road kill and passing it on to relevant conservation authorities.

A mounted wild polecat.

A mounted wild polecat.

Jonathan McGowan’s illustrated  talk touches on the history of the craft from the past to the present day, with insights into how it is carried out, the ups and downs (including the perks and horrors) of the trade, and strange oddities of nature.

The lecture takes place at Dorset County Museum at 7.30 on Wednesday 29 May and doors are open from 7pm.  The event is free but a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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