When Maritime met the Big Draw

Big Draw (5)
Painting onto templates, made using digitised ships plans

Lots of free family fun was had when the Trawling Through Time project partnered with the East Riding Museums Learning Team for this year’s Big Draw event held on the 21st October at the Treasure House, Beverley. The theme for this year was ‘Play’ and we had lots of exciting learning activities in store!

Big Draw (6)
Getting creative with crafts

“This year’s Big Draw theme ‘PLAY’  enabled us to create lots of exciting and playful activities relating to shipbuilding and the sea for under-5’s and older kids (and don’t forget the adults too!)”

Sarah and Lucy devised some fun, sea-themed activities for under-5’s involving finger painting in the sand, fabric and sea accessories for floor-based pattern making, and the creation of an ocean scene using cellophane strips on a lightbox.

Floor-based activities

For the older kids, there was a flick book-making  activity for animating the renowned sideways ship launch seen at Beverley’s shipyards, and also some object handling of shipbuilder’s tools from the East Riding Museum’s collections. Within the art gallery, Esther Cawley facilitated some still life drawing sessions based on fishing, shipbuilding and sea shore artefacts.

Esther Cawley conducting the still life session
Esthew Cawley delivering the still life drawing session

Sam and Hannah from the Trawling Through Time project, assisted by Emily, facilitated the digital painting activity based on simplified Cook, Welton and Gemmell technical drawings of the Yorkshire Belle and the Arctic Corsair vessels. Have a look at some of the colourful creations produced on the day in our Digital Fleet gallery.

If you would like to contribute a design to our digital fleet , read our previous blog post ‘Calling all Creatives!’ where you can download the shipbuilding plans used in the Big Draw.  Add your own design, either using digital painting techniques or print out and hand decorate, and then email us a copy of your design to archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk for us to exhibit your design on our gallery.

Look out for more project events on our What’s On page!

Big Draw (3)
Painting the past


Hannah Rice:  Archives Assistant

(East Riding Archives)

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