Trail Project with West Ealing Deaf Minorities Group

On the 17th April myself and Sobia Khan (Freelance Educator) visited West Ealing Deaf Minorities group to continue with an on-going project to make a family trail linked to the Dutch works of art in the Wallace Collection’s newly refurbished East Galleries. For this project the group have studied key Dutch Paintings such as Gabriel Metsu’s ‘Sleeping Sportsman’ and Jan Steen ‘The Harpsichord Lesson’ and have come up with fun questions for members of the public to ponder whilst they are looking at these beautiful works of art.

These questions will be included in a free family trail that the group will design together and the trail will be available for families to enjoy from August.

To decorate their trails and to make them appealing to families the group have created some fantastic illustrations of details from these paintings. The illustrations will also be used to create some ‘treasure’ bags that have been inspired by the ‘treasure bags’ depicted in Rembrandt’s portraits of the Pellicorne family. These treasure bags will feature in the community exhibition that will be on display at the Museum in January and February 2013.

To make these treasure bags, the group’s illustrations will be printed on to Lazertran transfer paper which will be ironed onto large circles fabric. The fabric will also be decorated with metallic pens, sequins and gems and the fabric will be gathered into treasure bags for the public to enjoy when visiting the exhibition.

During the workshop on the 17th the group worked really hard and produced some brilliant illustrations. Here is what they created and the group hard at work;


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