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Become part of history!

PUBLISHED: 15:46 18 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:08 20 February 2013

Become part of history!

Become part of history!

Starting on the 14th November, Somerset Skills & Learning have teamed up with The Blake Museum in Bridgwater to create an exciting four week art project which will bring local history to life.

Become part of history!


Starting on the 14th November, Somerset Skills & Learning have teamed up with The Blake Museum in Bridgwater to create an exciting four week art project which will bring local history to life.


Called the Museum Project, this is the second time it has will run due to the outstanding success of the precious course. Learners enrolling will discover historical context of Bridgwater people and paintings whilst creating a portrait of themselves in period costume.


Local historian Kay Robins will take learners on a tour of the displays in the museum and introduce different aspects of Bridgwaters rich history and cultural context. Learners will find out about clothes, styles, symbolism from historical paintings and explore the works of local artist Chubb. This will then set the background for learners to create their own period self portrait. Learners could become a member of the aristocratic, a soldier or a pauper. The choice is theirs.


The input the museum can bring to this course is amazing and it adds such depth to the background of the lives people use to live. Ade Bowen told us, the tutor on the course. The self portraits the learners painted on the last session really came to life with the input the museum staff provided, so it is great that we can offer this course again. I will be teaching everyone how to draw their face and how to apply paint so that it looks like skin, hair and clothes.


Learners will be primarily using acrylics or oils, but if anybody wants to try watercolour or another medium, they are welcome to come along. The ten hour course will run for four weeks and only costs 5 if on means tested benefits, or 35 full cost.


For more details email the tutor on abowen@somerset.gov.uk, visit http://www.learnsomerset.co.uk//coursefinder or call 0845 688 0488.

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