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Plunkett Street Art Around the Library


What a great sight to see young artists working creatively in response to collection items. A page from a Book of Hours

We offer a range of creative arts programs and our series of video conference experiences called Art Around the Library, based on artworks from theLibrary collection, had some new activity ideas tested recently when we invited the Stage 2 & 3 Plunkett Street Public School students to come and try them out.

We started by looking at some of the original collection items from the Library collection - artist’s books and zines, as inspiration for creating a zine or two.

In the next session we looked at beautiful illuminated manuscripts via a short video, learning some of the secrets of a Book of Hours from the 14th century, its contents and construction, with gold A coloured drawing of a young make student paint and vellum. The students then created their own initial as an illuminated design in mixed media.

Time to move to 3D for our third artwork and we made paper sculptures of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – we found ideas from looking at some of the many images of the bridge from the collection too.

Our last session focused on miniature portraits, with much discussion about why they were so small. The young artists made a miniature self portrait starting with a selfie and a few tricks on how to get a likeness using a plastic sleeve and a photocopier.

The culmination of all this creative work was a wonderful exhibition of all the artworks created by the students. What a great way to get to know the collection and develop creativity. 

Paper sculptures of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Students looking over artworks A woman looking at framed artworks