Release Date: 06 February 2013
Inspired by artist and master-printmaker, Simon Packard, staff at The Museum in the Park, Stroud, are inviting local families to become 'design detectives' this Half Term.
Simon Packard is currently the Museum's Artist in Residence on Fridays, and his stunning prints on display in the art gallery are lifting spirits and encouraging a new generation of printmakers.
"The Museum Collection is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration for artists such as Simon - and for us all!" said Ann Taylor, Museum Learning Officer. "Take a closer look and new ideas for designs and patterns turn up where you least expect, amongst drawers of fossils and shelves of old glass bottles, in ancient arrowheads or even on worn kitchen tools There is always something 'new' to discover here!"
One of the many hundreds of Museum treasures is a fragment of the country's earliest wallpaper, dating back to around 1740. From Tuesday 12th until Sunday 17th February, families with children aged 5+ can create wild and wonderful wallpaper designs, using shapes from Museum objects as a starting point. Children of all ages can also create wax rubbings from two of Simon's carved wooden printing blocks and test their observation skills with a variety of Museum 'I-Spy' and Quiz Trails, including a new trail designed by Stroud resident and art student, Tracy Spiers.
Workshop materials have been generously donated by national art materials supplier, Specialist Crafts www.specialistworkshops.co.uk
The Museum in the Park and Simon Packard's exhibition of prints, 'DUNBAR ST.' are open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and weekends 11am - 4pm.