Museum aims to attract children

CHILDREN looking for fun activities during the half-term holidays are today being encouraged to visit Ipswich Museum.The museum has decided to celebrate 'The Big Draw' by hosting free art events for children during their week off school from Tuesday October 23 to Saturday October 27.

CHILDREN looking for fun activities during the half-term holidays are today being encouraged to visit Ipswich Museum.

The museum has decided to celebrate 'The Big Draw' by hosting free art events for children during their week off school from Tuesday October 23 to Saturday October 27.

The museum will be encouraging children to draw any of their artefacts, ranging from smaller items such as fossils and Egyptian jewellery to their giant woolly mammoth, whichever takes their pick on the day.

No previous skills are required to take part, and the event is suitable for people of all levels of talent.


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The event is free of charge, but children are asked to bring along their own drawing equipment.

A fun day for children of the town and surrounding county will be held at Christchurch Park this half term, following on from Ipswich and Colchester Museums' 'Heritage Open Days' which were hosted in September.

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Children will be able to collect their papier maché globes, which were made on the open days and are currently on display at Ipswich Museum, ready to fill with sweets and be suspended as a piñata.

Piñatas, which are associated with Mexico, are used during celebration and often filled with sweets or toys, such as sugarcane, and are always a favourite with the children.

The park will be open on Saturday 27th October, at 11am, ready for the fun to start.

The Wolsey art gallery, in Christchurch mansion, will be opening its doors to the children of the town this half term ready to celebrate 'The Big Draw'.

Children are invited to take part in a fun work-shop which will be held between Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th October.

Poster size versions of famous portraits such as 'Mrs. Bedingfield and Her Daughter,' 'The Felixstowe to Ipswich Coach' and 'William Wollaston' will be available for the children to get arty with.

Each portrait will feature missing silhouettes, and the children will be asked to draw and collage themselves into the picture, which they can then take home themselves.

Two of the famous portraits have already been given a modern touch, thanks to two local artists who reproduced them. The 'WilliamWollaston' portrait has been replaced with local Rock Star Justin Hawkins, whereas 'Mrs.Bedingfield and Her Daughter; has seen the addition of Q's recent Best Album of the Year winner, Amy Winehouse.

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