This kit contains all the material you will need to make paint using pigments and a medium just as artists did (before ready-mix paint!). You can construct an experiment for students to explore the role of science in both the artist’s and the scientist’s workshop with reference to the technical analysis of the Renaissance painting, Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio. There is material provided with the kit that supports each of the suggested activities below.

Suggested activities

In Greek mythology, Selene is the sister of Helios, the god of the sun. The Romans called her Luna. She drives her moon chariot across the heavens.

In the statue in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, she is riding a horse into battle with the Giants (on the right). 

Learn more about Selene and how to create your own painting of the goddess.

For this activity you will need: paper, paintbrushes, paint, and something glittery! 

Museum Trails

If you are visiting the Museum with young children, why not download our Rainbow of Colour trail to print out and bring with you? It will keep the children entertained as they look for all the colourful specimens in the Museum, and they can even use it in the garden or any outdoor space too.

 

Early Years

Resources for Early Years pupils to aid exploration of the natural world

Key Stage 1

Resources suitable for pupils in Year 1 and Year 2

A fun story from The Fitzwilliam Museum about flowers competing to be the chosen bloom for a painting. Inspired by 'A vase of flowers with a monkey' by Ambrosius Bosschaert the younger. Written and narrated by Nicola Wallis. Designed by Ayshea Carter. This story is aimed at children aged 5 years and younger, but can be enjoyed by all ages.

 

Get creative with our new family activity kit, which you can try at home. Find out more about Alfred Wallis and have a go at creative activities inspired by the artist and the exhibition.

We would love to see how Alfred Wallis has inspired you. Share your creations with us on social media @kettlesyard or email us with feedback learning@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk.

Download the Alfred Wallis activity sheet here

Flowers are nature’s artists.  Blues, purples, yellows and reds - they come in an amazing rainbow of colours and shades.  Download this activity to find out the science behind petal colour, make your own petal paint and create a beautiful bouquet of paper flowers.

Check out the videos on this page to find out how you can complete a Discover Arts Award. Just fill in our simple online form when you’ve finished to tell us what activities you’ve done to earn yourself a Discover Arts Award certificate! 

Have you ever wanted to know more about Greek pottery? This is your chance! 

In this activity you will chose one of three pottery shapes to decorate inspired by Greek pottery styles. You can use pencil and paper to complete this, but you can also get creative with some coloured pencils or paints. 

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