This year at Kettle’s Yard, they are practising seeing things from another point of view and exploring EMPATHY. This activity will help you to use your imagination to think how the world might look and feel to a spider.

Download the activity here.

 

 

Rituals and Beliefs focuses on the scene from a plaster cast taken of a stone lintel from the doorway of a temple in the city of Yaxchilan, now in modern day Mexico, and dating from 709AD.

The images depict a blood-letting ritual being performed by Lady K'ab'al Xook and her husnabd King Shield Jaguar. Lady K'ab'al Xook can be seen pulling a rope of thorns through her tongue in order to collect blood in a bowl filled with bark paper. Both figures are wearing jade and obsidian jewellery and dressed in resplendent costumes made fo fur and elaborate fabrics. 

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.

 

Ever wondered how books are made? Before the invention of electricity and printing machines, books were handmade. Each book was unique and one of a kind. The text inside was handwritten too. This activity will introduce you to the craft of bookmaking.

You will make your own book using things you have at home! You get to decide how big or small it is, choose the book covers and paper colour. It is all up to you!

To Make Your Own Book you will need: 

Join artist Susie Olczak for an online arts and crafts workshop inspired by Ancient Greek and Roman statues. Susie will be showing you how to create art from cardboard and household materials live from the Museum of Classical Archaeology. 

Recreate the beautiful patterns featured in the David Parr House.

Download and print this special colouring activity and colour in the patterns featured on the front of the David Parr House guidebook.

Learn more about Greek Pottery using vase templates and sherds from the Museum's collection to design your own vase.

Choose one of three pottery shapes then draw and decorate your own vase inspired by Greek pottery. 

Download a Greek Pottery guide to use as inspiration for your pot decoration

Download a template of Greek vase shapes

This resource has been designed to help students develop research skills by using a painting as a starting point.

By working through the project you will find out about a range of skills, strategies and methods which can then be applied to other museum and gallery objects. The resource has been written with reference to the A-Level Assessment Objectives to demonstrate how to plan and manage a research project and use a range of different resources.

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

This resource comes from our bank of Look, Think, Do resources on the Fitzwilliam Museum website.

Maybe you have heard of Emperor Hadrian - who built Hadrian's wall near the Scottish/English border. But have you heard of the man he loved, Antinous? Listen to this story about how much Hadrian cared for Antinous.

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