University of Dundee
Global Room (in College Hall, behind the Tower Building), University of Dundee

Wednesday afternoon crafting sessions

Join The University of Dundee Museums to explore the university in a way you’ve never experienced before. As part of University of Dundee Museums’ well-being initiative, they are helping you discover new areas of the University and engage with its artworks, artefacts, culture and heritage.  

The aim is to encourage you to engage with arts and heritage and provide more diverse opportunities to benefit well-being. They will help us connect, be creative, keep learning and be mindful.   

Alongside continuing their ‘Museum Mooches’ UoD Museums will also be running some mindfulness crafting drop-in sessions inspired by the collections. Drop by the Global Room (in College Hall, behind the Tower Building) any time between 3 and 4.30pm for the chance to get up close to some of the fascinating objects and take inspiration from them in a relaxed setting. You will be provided with all the materials you need to create a miniature art piece or sculpture to take home with you as a reminder of what you discovered that day.  

5th October – Botanical Prints & Pressing

The University Herbarium contains thousands of plant specimens, from Angus all the way to Darjeeling. Join us to relax and unwind with some leaf printing, flower pressing and botanical drawing, all inspired by the herbarium collection. You’ll get to look through the pages of flora and then have a go at making your own herbarium specimen sheet.   

19th October – Butterflies & Beasties

Come and discover the insects in our collection, from the colourful to the creepy crawlies!

In this session, you will explore some of the butterfly and beetle cases and cigar box displays. Learn all about this popular Victorian pastime and find out how these insects were preserved. Then become an amateur entomologist and have a go at creating your own imagined insect in a box or some beautiful butterfly prints.

2nd November – Growing & Forming

Get hands-on with some sculpture modelling inspired by shapes and forms found in the mathematics, life sciences and design collections. You’ll be able to explore patterns in nature, fantastic forms, and geometric shapes of mathematical biology. Learn more about the work of Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, the first Professor of Biology at Dundee. Then have a go at producing your own soothing shapes with some modelling clay.

16th November – Colouring the Collections

With over 30,000 objects in the collection, there’s lots to take inspiration from. This session will focus on paper crafts. Be inspired by the zoology collection with museum colouring sheets and try your hand at some animal origami. Or take inspiration from the art and design collection, creating your own patterns based on designs by Art College alumna Kathleen Mowat and build a collage of shapes inspired by one of our Art Space pieces, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Lewis Deeney.

30th November – St Andrew’s Day Sweets & Treats  

To celebrate the end of semester one’s mindfulness and mooches, as well as St Andrew’s Day, come and relax with some illustration of Scottish delicacies. This activity will be inspired by the food illustrations of Moira MacGregor and other food-themed art by past students. Collage a caramel wafer, tuck into a Tunnock’s teacake or carefully sketch the details of a slice of Dundee cake. There will be plenty of time for a hot drink and a chat too.

No booking is required - just drop in.

Further information

Mindful Crafting with the Collections
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