Students from Severndale Specialist Academy have been working with staff from Shrewsbury Museum since early September, to put together displays and exhibitions for the Kids in Museum Takeover Day 2017. They spent weeks creating the artworks displayed in their own exhibition for the day all based around World War II, from poppies to aeroplanes, gas masks and toys of the day. Professionally and enthusiastically they talked to members of the public about their displays.
Fay Bailey, Learning and Communications Manager at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:
“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to hand-over the museum to such a talented group of students from Severndale, Wilfred Owen and Severndale at Mary Webb Schools. The children’s’ infectious enthusiasm and warmth made Kids in Museums Takeover Day a truly wonderful experience for our staff, volunteers and visitors. We can’t wait for next year!”
The students also led the Mini Mammoth’s story and crafts session, together with a group of students from Wilfred Owen Primary School. Together they read The Owl Babies to the weekly Mini Mammoth’s babies and toddlers and continued with a craft session afterwards to make lots of fun things including owl masks for the children to take home. The pupils said, “The story telling was amazing I want to do it again and be a story teller when I’m older. We helped the little ones to talk and sign better.”
One of the parents said that “I was at the museum today with my daughter for her weekly Mini Mammoths session, it was a ‘takeover’ day so there were many pupils from Severndale involved in our session and helping out throughout the museum, and it was fabulous! They were all a huge credit to the school!! On leaving we visited the exhibition that was put on by some of the pupils in the balcony room and were actually taken around the exhibition by one of the students, and he was brilliant! His enthusiasm and understanding was superb!! He was telling me all about the war, poppies and spitfires and showing my child the pictures close up so that she could enjoy them too and explaining the background behind the artwork etc. It was truly impressive.”
Members of the public said, “I’d like to say what a delight all the children at the museum were. They opened the doors for us into the café, and gave us leaflets and explained about the exhibition upstairs. We took advantage of this offer and went to the exhibition. All the children greeted us warmly and explained about the exhibits. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, thank you.”
Others helped in the shop putting leaflets and gifts out on display and also giving help and advice at the reception desk. Some were meeting and greeting the public and pointing them in the right direction of the displays they wanted to visit.
Jayne Woodhouse, Teacher at Severndale, said:
“The students had an amazingly positive experience which has raised their confidence and self-esteem. We have been able to do this by working with the staff at the museum whose belief in our children has empowered us and the children to take on this challenge. Together with our friends at Wilfred Owen, we were able to make the day the great success that it was.”
When the pupils were asked if they had a wonderful time, they said:
“It’s been a huge success, we showed them a lot of good stuff and they know we are a good school and we can have a brighter future together.”
Sonya Jones, Teaching Assistant from Wilfred Owen School, commented:
“Some children have been working in collaboration with students from Severndale on a performance and song from the wonderful story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. The children used singing and storytelling activities to entertain young children during a parent and baby group at the Shrewsbury Museum on Friday morning. The activities were a great success and children from both schools developed lasting friendships.”
Students and their families from Severndale also visited the exhibition at the weekend and enjoyed all the displays, thank you for supporting us.
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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to be partnering with Shrewsbury High School for an exhibition of artwork from some of the High School’s talented artists.
Running from Wednesday 27 September – Wednesday 4 October 2017, the exhibition will feature work from students past and present, as well as work produced by pupils across Shropshire in special art masterclasses.
The exhibition is free to the public and not only features GCSE, A-level and Alumnae artwork, but will also exhibit work produced at workshops and masterclasses throughout the week by pupils from schools across the county. Head of Art at Shrewsbury High School, Mark Warner, will be hosting a Scholars’ masterclass for High School Art Scholars on Friday 29 September and their work will then be entered into the main exhibition.
Renowned equine artist Mary Herbert from the Society of Equestrian Artists will be running a bespoke art workshop on Saturday 30 September, free of charge, for GCSE art students from across Shropshire.
Work produced at this workshop will then be on display in the Exhibition Hall from 30 September until 4 October.
This is a wonderful opportunity for GCSE pupils to add to their GCSE art work and learn some valuable skills from an established artist. If you are a GCSE art student and would like to attend this workshop, or if you are an art teacher and have GCSE pupils who you think would benefit from this workshop, please contact Emily Brick at the details below.
Mary, who specialises in pastel paintings of animals, will follow this masterclass on Saturday 30 September with a talk and showcase of her equestrian art which will run from 2 – 2.45pm.
This talk is free to the public and is a wonderful opportunity to hear about Mary’s career as a professional artist, working on portrait commissions and exhibiting around the UK and to see some of her beautiful paintings. Stay and enjoy Mary’s exhibition until 6pm.
For more details about the GCSE Masterclass by Mary Herbert on Saturday 30 September (10am – 1pm) please email [email protected].
To book tickets (free of charge) for Mary Herbert’s talk on Saturday 30 September (2pm – 2.45pm) please email [email protected].
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s new exhibition, Rhyme Around the World, a touring exhibition from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is already proving to be a huge success.
The exhibition, which opened its doors to the public on Saturday 18 February has already been hugely popular with families, schools and nurseries alike.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery already has 972 school children booked to visit and take part in the newly developed Rhyme workshop with more expected to book.
Fay Bailey, Education and Activities Officer at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:
“Rhyme Around the World is a fun and engaging exhibition suitable for the whole family. We are particularly delighted with the way Shropshire schools have received this wonderful exhibition”
“The exhibition is proving to be very popular and spaces are quickly filling up. I would encourage interested schools to book as soon as possible.”
Stuart West, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:
“We’re thrilled at how popular this new exhibition is proving to be among schools and we’ve already received a lot of great feedback.
“Rhyme Around the World is a fantastic and engaging exhibition for people of all ages and brings back a lot of happy childhood memories so I’d encourage you to pay Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery a visit.”
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Rhyme Around the World runs until Sunday 7 May 2017. For more information, visit the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery website or call 01743 258888. To book a Rhyme workshop and educational group visit to the exhibition, email [email protected] or ring 01743 258881