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Art of Collections: Botany

Fully booked

5 Mar 2024 11:00 am -2:00 pm

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Free, fully booked

Art of Collections

Drawing workshops for culture vultures

Manchester Museum is delighted to be collaborating with artist and Culture Champion Yvonne Noworyta in this series of drawing workshops for the curious, aged 50 and over.

These workshops will allow you to get closer to your inner artist while discovering some of the objects that are part of Manchester Museum’s world-class collections. Museum staff and volunteers will give you an overview about the specimens and objects presented at each session and Yvonne Noworyta will guide you and support you throughout the drawing process.

The workshops are taking place in a helpful, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No previous experience is needed and all abilities are welcome. Nearby break-out space available and tea and coffee provided.

On Tuesday 5 March, the session will focus on plant models from the Museum’s Botany Collection.

Manchester Museum has approximately 250 enlarged models of plants and animals that were used to teach students in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of these models can be taken apart to show the internal structure of plants and animals. They are made of papier-mâché, wood, wire and fabric. These models are still used to teach students today, although many of them are over 100 years old.

In this initial session of the programme, we will explore the artist’s toolkit to shape how participants may want to channel their creativity, with guidance from our art practitioner. We will cover mark making, tone and shade, texture and scale of work and how to use materials and sketch books.

You can book online via Eventbrite or by contacting Maria Jose Ramos Acevedo (Culture Champions Volunteer Assistant) via email on or via phone on 07818 578 474.

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