The Wonder Room

Ref: C3842975

The wonder rooms, or cabinet of curiosities, were small collections of extraordinary objects that became popular in the 18th Century, celebrating the act of collecting for its own sake and telling stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world and beyond. Many artists and makers are collectors. Pop artist Peter Blake is an avid collector of kitsch pop memorabilia and art curios, and has amassed personal cornucopia that help to inform his creative decisions. This fun course will begin with a series of drawing exercises based on the bizarre and wonderful collections housed across Liverpool’s museum collections. These drawings will be developed through lino and risograph printmaking and developed into a bespoke handmade artist book which will be exhibited for sale at the end of the course to celebrate these eccentric collections. Please note some drawing exercises will take place on location outside of the Tate gallery.

Course aim

To encourage engagement with the gallery collections at Tate Liverpool, and Liverpool Museums developing drawing and design skills through relief printmaking techniques and book making.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Successfully draw objects from life
  • Use relief printmaking skills to develop imagery
  • Combine drawing and print experiments to design ideas for a book
  • Make a handmade artist book to illustrating your design ideas
  • Present your final outcomes in a group exhibition at the end of the course

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • A materials list will be given on enrollment

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Wonder Room


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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