The Fitzwilliam Museum first welcomed a group from the Young Parents Programme in 2009 for Parent and Toddler gallery and studio sessions.
It became clear was that the young mothers were as hungry for artistic stimulus as their children. So, in the Autumn term last year, Romsey Mill worked with Family Learning and the Museum to provide a ten-week Bronze Arts Award course for the young parents, funded by Renaissance in the Regions.
During the ten-week course students worked hard at a number of projects. They looked at art in children’s picture books, stories in paintings and created a children’s story book of their own. They studied representations of women in magazines and in paintings at a portrait exhibition. Each student researched a hero or heroine through the Fitzwilliam’s collection and online resources. In addition, the group paid a visit to St Barnabas Press in Cambridge where each student made a print from their own drawing.
Twelve young women achieved the Award. Half had never been to the Fitzwilliam before but now feel they can talk with understanding about what they observe in paintings.