13th January 2005




Primary school children in Hull are becoming art detectives in a project linking art and science at the Ferens Art Gallery.


The Colour Cooks workshops have been inspired by the conservation of an Old Master painting and invite pupils to be art detectives using scientific enquiry skills to build up a story of a picture.


The workshops taking place this week and next are being led by Conservation and Restoration students from the University of Lincoln and allow children to:


·               experiment with colour and pigments

·               make their own recipe for paint just as artists did 300 years ago

·               extract pigments from natural materials such as plants and minerals

·               create their own fair test

·               explore and test tools to apply paint

·               compare materials

·               consider how to make their own artwork last for hundreds of years.


The two-hour workshops take place from 10am until 12 noon and in the afternoon pupils are able to explore the Ferens Children’s Gallery or visit other parts of Hull Museums & Art Gallery Service.


The project has been devised and funded by Creative Minds in collaboration with Hull City Council and the University of Lincoln.


The schools involved are: Wold Primary, Ings Primary, St Charles’ RC Primary, Thoresby Primary, Newington Primary, Spring Cottage Primary and Rokeby Park Primary.


Workshops continue on Friday 14th, Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Friday 21st January 2005.


For interviews and or photo opportunities please contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

The Ferens Art Gallery

01482 613902

For more information about Creative Minds visit www.eureka.org.uk/creativeminds.htm