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The King Of The Cats: Stories from Lancashire explored and re-invented by four visual ertists and one storyteller


Exhibition: 21st March – 17th May 2015


Accompanying this touring exhibition we are offering a series of full day workshops for adults and CPD sessions for teachers, ranging from clay sculpture, to painting, bookmaking and storytelling. These workshops require no previous experience, but are for those wishing to increase their confidence working in a range of mediums.

To book any of these sessions please ring Lancaster City Museum directly on 01524 64637 or email: Heather.Dowler@lancashire.gov.uk

 1. Rain Washes and Resist Moors – Everyone can paint and draw.

CPD SESSION: Suitable for teachers looking at literacy starting points and Art modules.

Artist: Christopher Rainham:

Date: WEDNESDAY  29th April 2015 10am – 4pm at  Lancaster Museum

Cost: £80

Join international artist and illustrator Christopher Rainham and discover and develop your painting and drawing skills.

Inspired by The King of Cats exhibition you will explore a broad range of techniques and approaches using a selection of drawing materials and acrylic paint.
Use scraffitto to create a windswept moorland landscape, create a flock of Starlings with stencils and masks or explore washes and resists to describe a looming sky full of rain.

About the Artist:

Christopher Rainham’s work has always been inspired by the natural world and more specifically his experience of the natural world. He is inspired by the way flora and fauna is woven into language, the explanations of things, stories and beliefs. Animals and flowers and birds have their own symbolism, are the characters in myths and in religious writings. They are often used as metaphors for things we can’t explain. The birds in Rainham’s paintings are a motif, an element of a repeated pattern and the objects of his composition. Christopher’s work can be seen at the International Affordable Art Fairs from New York to Hong Kong.
Level: For all levels of ability this workshop will give those who have never used acrylic paint an expressive toolkit of techniques to guide their creative endeavours and expand the approaches of those familiar with the medium to find new ways to create images.


2. King of the Cats – Storytelling for Literacy

CPD SESSION: Suitable for teachers looking at storytelling as a way of developing literacy skills

Artist: Jacqueline Harris:

Date: WEDNESDAY 15th April 2015 10am – 4pm at Lancaster Museum

Cost: £80

This one day workshop will provide a solid grounding in how to use storytelling techniques to develop children’s literacy skills. We will look at ideas and strategies for supporting children to create and tell their own stories. In the morning we will focus on ways to develop and tell oral stories. In the afternoon we will concentrate on how to encourage children to use these skills as a basis for developing written pieces and explore techniques to help them gain the confidence and motivation to put pen to paper. Included in the workshop fee will be a booklet outlining the techniques used and a list of available resources.

Suitable for teachers at Key Stage 2

About the artist:

For the last fourteen years, Jacqueline has been a storyteller, writer and creative learning consultant in primary education who believes that stories are at the heart of what it is to be human and through them we can become aware of and explore our creativity. Previously she taught for seventeen years and has been Head of Drama in three High Schools.


“The Teachers INSET was a hugely enjoyable day. Teachers commented, ‘I had a wonderful time…I feel more confident…I realise the value of personalising the stories for different audiences…thoroughly enjoyable…very motivating’ ” – David Smith, Mid-Pennine Arts.

“Loved Jacqueline’s practical workshop. I totally engrossed myself and got lost in ‘the Rising of the Nile’. Lots of practical ideas and the teaching manual is excellent.” – Feedback from the INSET for the Lancashire Museums Literacy Project.

“Jackie is an extremely artful and practiced storyteller – a delight to watch. She is simply remarkable and I cannot recommend her highly enough.” – Renita Boyle, Author and Storyteller


All tools and materials will be provided.

3. Characterful Creature Creations

For: Anyone interested in working with clay to create characters. Suitable for all levels.

Artist: Julie Miles

Date: SUNDAY 19 April 2015, 10 am – 4 pm at Lancaster Museum

Cost: £45

Join Julie in this workshop to explore her imagination and learn how she creates her creatures in clay. From exploring the King of the Cats exhibition as a starting point to create your own characters from the tales using scribbles and sketches. From there you will learn how to create your own clay heads from a single sheet of clay. Manipulating, pushing and forming this versatile material into one of the characters from the stories or creating a character of your own. No experience needed just enthusiasm and a little imagination.

Suitable for teaching literacy using it as a starting point in class for creative writing, Design technology for use of tools and Art.

About the Artist:

Julies work has always been inspired by nature and landscape around her and is probably best know for her exquisite porcelain sculptures of natural objects or porcelain vessels. Julie creates larger scale installation pieces for exhibitions and display ranging from bone china feathers suspended from above the viewers head in the shape of a Harriers wing beat to celebrate the diversity of the Forest of Bowland to a full size cloak of ceramics crow feathers to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch Trails. Julies foray into animal sculpture is a new venture she is exploring for the King of the Cats exhibition.

Level: suitable for beginners to the more advanced in clay techniques. All techniques will be taught step by step so don’t be shy and come and play.

 “Julie is an inspirational artist who has provided a wide range of high quality learning experiences for teachers and young people. Over a number of projects she has built excellent relationships with our staff and pupils, developing a real partnership and enhancing the learning taking place in the classroom to a high degree.”

Sara Martin, Casterton Primary School Year 2 teacher, Burnley



A hands-on introduction into Marjan Wouda’s sculpture, led by the artist through the medium of clay.

For: Anyone who would like to work at developing their own approach to clay sculpture. Suitable for all levels.

Artist: Marjan Wouda

Date: SUNDAY 26th April 2015 10am – 4pm at Lancaster Museum

Cost: £45

Starting with a brief exploration of the sculptures in the King of the Cats exhibition  –we will be making a number of clay animal sculptures. Marjan will reveal her very own, original approach to the subject, exploring posture, bone structure and surface texture. You will enjoy discovering new ways with clay, experimenting with imprinted and moulded textures, and developing your confidence of working with clay. By the end of the day you will have made several small pieces which will be fired for you by the artist.

This one day workshop is particularly suited to teachers keen to develop their confidence working in three dimensions. All you need to bring is: your pinny and your camera.

Suitable for teaching literacy using it as a starting point in class for creative writing, Design technology for use of tools and Art.

About the artist:

Perhaps best known for her bronzes and welded metal public sculptures, Marjan Wouda’s first love –in art –is clay. It is this medium that allowed her to find her voice and make sculpture in a way that is uniquely hers.
Just back from a show of outdoor sculpture in the Netherlands, Marjan mainly exhibits in London, St. Ives, Brighton, Chester and Settle. Internationally her work can be found in the Caribbean, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Holland and America.

Level: Suitable to all levels of ability from beginners to experienced sculptors and potters.

Marjans own artwork attracts international acclaim; she engages and inspires children, young people, teachers and parents and has excellent organisational ability. What more could you ask for in an artist working in schools?Rosie Marcus, Director of Artists in Schools 99-06.

For my part I learned not only a lot about sculpture but also enjoyed the feel you gave us for your way of engaging in the creative process. Christopher Mollan, Stockport Art Guild.

…the teachers were enthralled by your work and you certainly inspired them to extend their three dimensional skills into the classroom.Pauline Harrison, Cheshire County Council Advisory and Inspection Service.


5. Book Arts

The book is perhaps the most intimate, easily accessible and portable of all the art forms.

For: Suitable for all levels of experience including those new to book arts

Artist: Patricia Ramsden

Date: SUNDAY 12th April 2015 10am – 4pm at Lancaster Museum

Spend a day exploring the delights and challenges of book arts.
Using a range of folding and sewing techniques you will explore variations to create a collection of simple book forms that can be used for collecting ideas, sketching, notes and can be taken away to be expanded on by the participants.

Suitable for all who would like to explore creating their own books, paper folding and 3D techniques. Teachers who are looking at Design and Technology and Art modules and exploring creative ways of documentation within literacy.


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