Part of the SEAson of Drawing, grab your pens, pencils and more!
This Easter we're playing with mark-making and materials to turn drawing on its head! Come and get stuck in this spring with SEAson of Drawing activities for the whole family, inspired by the Van de Velde exhibition at the Queen's House.
These free drop-in sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Sessions run from 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm and take place in the Learning Space, on the ground floor of the National Maritime Museum.
Sunday 2 April
Come together to explore different mediums and marks, and create beautiful butterflies inspired by images of nature within the collection.
Monday 3 April
Join a collaborative drawing game first used by surrealist artists to create bizarre and intuitive drawings. Families can make consequence drawings together inspired by sea animals and add to the creation of a giant eel.
Tuesday 4 & Tuesday 11 April
Come and leave your mark using string, wool, coloured tape and more to mark your journey from home to the museum, and add significant spots to a river Thames cut-out to create a changing map of journeys.
Wednesday 5 & Wednesday 12 April
Two hundred years ago, when sailors travelled the globe in search of whales to hunt for their meat, oil and baleen, a whole new craft was invented. Sailors passed the time between hunts by making scrimshaw – carving designs into whales’ teeth. Discover the scrimshaw in the Museum’s collection and make your own to take home using soap.
Thursday 6 April
You are invited to help create a fictional map of land, water and sea monsters! Use drawing materials and rice to chart out new landscapes, and the ships and sea monsters in the waters that surround them.
Friday 7 April
Come and make drawings of fantastic, impossible machinery for ships, lighthouses and wharves by using random shapes and lines, connecting them up and adding details and inventions a use for your machine.
Sunday 9 & Sunday 16 April
Become a natural history scientist. Search in the sand to find a range of different fossils to draw and document, inspired by Mary Anning’s documented drawings of the curiosities she found in Lyme Regis.
Monday 10 April
Come and listen to sea shanties and maritime music, sounds from the oceans and the creatures who live there, and draw what you think you hear.
Thursday 13 April
Pick up one of the family trails or backpacks from the 'Play and Explore' trolley and discover objects, stories and people in the Museum galleries.
Friday 14 April
Join in with our huge floor drawing. Draw and plot the journey of boats across the water, like the artist Van de Velde and the king did long ago, having a conversation by only using drawing.
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