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Celebrating 200 years of the Royal Institution of Cornwall with these creative workshops suitable for a variety of ages.

Ages 5-11
Saturday 7th April ‘Sketchbook Adventures’
Make your own sketchbook and take a special trip around the museum, solving clues and doing drawing tasks along the way.

Sunday 6th May Masks of the Museum
Design and make a celebratory mask inspired by the marvels of the museum.  From treasures of the Ancient Worlds to Cornish inventions, your individual creation will be fit for a ball!

£5 per child. Children under 8 must be supervised by a parent or responsible adult.
Sessions run from- 11:00-12:30/14:00-15:30

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Ages 11+
Saturday 24th March ‘Felt, Fabric and Fine Art’
The Cornish land and seascapes depicted in the ‘Hireth’ exhibition are the inspiration for this felting workshop. Using the colours and textures of the works on display, you can create  your own felted textile suitable for framing  and displaying.

Sunday 22nd April Bespoke Collage Journals
Our exciting ‘wall of artefacts’ exhibition will give you plenty of inspiration for constructing a unique sketchbook or journal, filled with interesting surface pages and completed with your own bespoke cover creation using a range of collage techniques.

Saturday 19th May ‘Masks for a Ball’
Imagine the Museum is holding a Celebration Masked Ball, who would you come as? Using the amazing Ancient Civilisations and World Cultures artefacts as your inspiration, this is your opportunity to create a unique ‘glamorous or gruesome’ mask.

£7.50 per person. Sessions run from- 10:30-13:30 

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Age 8+

Our World Wonders Workshops

Thursday 5th April- Hinamatsuric doll festival

Celebrating our wonderful world with a series of creative workshops inspired by the objects in the World Wide Wonders exhibitions, starting in the Easter Holiday we’ll take a look at the gorgeous Egg Diorama made to celebrate the Hinamatsuric doll festival.

The Hinamatsuric doll festival was one of 5 seasonal festivals and a time to give thanks for the health and development of young girls, alternatively known as Momo no sekku, this was also the peach festival with peach blossoms prized as a sign of spring.

Inspired by this lovely piece and our own spring festival, we will start by painting eggs and creating our own Easter decorations and dioramas

Thursday 12th April -Japanese’s tradition of Zougan

Explore the Japanese’s tradition of Zougan, the art of using inlays to create pictures and patterns. and the Chanoyu or Sado tea ceremony where we will look at tea rituals and tea parties and use tea leaves to create beautiful animated drawings.

This will take us to the next stage of our journey around the World Wide Wonders Exhibition when (in the summer half term) we will look at the finds from the Cornish shipwrecks. We’ll discover where the artefacts came from, how they connect us to the rest of the world and create some ship wreck scenes and stories of our own.

Each session starts with a quick look at the object of the day in the World Wide Wonders Exhibition and we’ll mark each stop round world with a flag planted on a specially created picture of the globe.

£10 per child. Sessions run from- 11:00-15:00 *

*please bring a packed lunch

Make sure you call the museum in advance to book and avoid disappointment on 01872 272205!
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