Cumberland House Museum, School workshop day 2

Day 2 of the 'Flights of Fancy' Project with Cumberland House Natural History Museum.  I was back again at Paulsgrove Primary School. My workshop today involved unveiling the bird specimens which the children loved. Amongst the collection were jays, owls, woodpeckers and blackbirds.  The specimens were all very characterful and each came housed in it's own woodland or garden setting case.  The morning was spent drawing the birds and then creating patterns inspired by their bird onto paper.  Each child then cut and collaged this to create their own interpretation of the bird they'd been studying. These will all be hung in a flock in the entrance of Cumberland House when it reopens in June.

In the afternoon we all made an individual boxed environment for the birds, using painted  shoe boxes. Collected twigs and branches were glued inside.  The final touch was placing photocopies of their scaled down birds inside. They looked really really great.  Once again, I was spoilt by the amount of help from the teacher, teaching assistants and Tracy Teasdale, the education officer from the museum.  Last but not least,  it wouldn't of worked without the hard work and enthusiasm of all the children, who are all wonderful.

Morning Session. 9 am - 12 pm

Afternoon session 1 pm - 3.15 pm

 End of the day and all that hard work looks great.

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