MOTOR RELATED WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS AT GAYDON
By Ann Evans.
Photos: Rob Tysall
There’s always lots going on to interest all the family at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. There are different workshops running Tuesday – Thursday throughout the school holidays until 4th September.
Activities include building British cars with Lego, creating your own card Land Rover, Mini or E Type Jaguar, and creating a car out of balloons!
Visitors can also explore the museum by becoming a reporter with the family newspaper trail, and meet the costumed explainers who bring to life motoring from different decades.
Take advantage of the Museum’s great value offer, that if you buy a family ticket at £39 and Gift Aid it, you receive a year’s annual pass at no extra cost, so that you can come back time and time again to enjoy all the school holiday activities (terms and conditions apply). Children under 5 are free.
All the school holiday activities are included in the Museum admission price. All workshops are suitable for 3+ years but guardian supervision is required at all times. Although visitors can drop in on the activities, it is recommend you check on arrival as during busy periods the activities are
on a timed ticket basis and will need to be booked.
And for the grown ups…
The British Motor Museum has announced its autumn series of motoring related workshops. Topics covered include photography, drawing and classic car ownership. Each course includes entry to the Museum so participants can visit the extensive collection of British historical cars.
‘Drawing from Automotive History’ takes place on 24 September with Richard Cook, an experienced art teacher. The day is designed to suit pen and ink sketchers of varied abilities. The course will cover basic drawing hints and tips, rules of composition, finding a new angle, drawing metal and painted textures and individual tuition and pointers designed to improve drawing.
Whilst the focus is on drawing cars, this workshop will suit all sketchers. The cost is £37 per person including morning coffee.
The popular ‘Classic Virgins’ Experience Day returns on 1 October. This hands-on, informative day is aimed at those considering buying and owning a classic car. Experts will deliver guidance on the theory of classic car ownership and provide workshop based basic maintenance sessions. After the
workshop session there will be free rides in a variety of classic cars. The cost is £90 per person to include lunch and refreshments.
‘Cars through the Lens’ will take place on 22 October with motoring photographer Lara Platman. The workshop will help participants take the perfect photograph of a car and learn when and how to use different settings on their camera. Topics covered will include how to control light and
composition, the rule of thirds and perfect angles and how to make photography fun. Lara will help participants advance their skills in taking photographs of reflections, interiors, panoramic and detail. The cost is £40 per person to include morning coffee.
‘Lights, Camera, Cars’ will take place on 23 October. This course complements ‘Cars through the Lens’ with a greater focus on experimenting with lighting and flash guns. The cost is £60 per person to include morning coffee.
‘Automotive History in Watercolour’ takes place on 5 November. The workshop will take participants through the steps to create their watercolour masterpiece including painting techniques, hints and tips from the artist, Richard Cook plus understanding colour, shade and light as well as basic composition and finding a new angle. The price is £37 per person to include morning coffee.
The final workshop is ‘Cars through the Lens goes Studio’ which takes place on 12 November. The workshop enables participants to develop their photographic techniques in a studio, showing them how to achieve the best composition and lighting. This workshop complements skills learnt in ‘Cars
through the Lens’ and is the next step in the photography journey. The cost is £60 to include morning coffee.
Emma Rawlinson, Family and Lifelong Learning Officer at the British Motor Museum stated, “We’re delighted to offer these fascinating workshops to enable participants to learn valuable skills in photography, drawing and classic car ownership along with expanding their motor industry knowledge. Please note pre-booking for all our courses is essential”.
To find out more information please visit the website at
http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or to book a place please call 01926 927823.