On Wednesday 1st of March, I attended a workshop for school children, run by the learning team at the McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum. The workshop explored the ‘Refection of the Celts Exhibition’ where the children loved discussing the culture, discovering the exhibition and making Celt inspired helmets.
On display in the ‘Refection of the Celts Exhibition’ hangs a painting called ‘Riders of the Sidhe’ by a Dundonian painter John Duncan. He painted this after spending time exploring Eriskay, Barra and Iona.  He describes;
“The mystery, exuberance and restraint of Celtic art”.
These feeling can be sensed as you wander around the exhibition and I began to think about artifacts and the exhibition experience, how do they add to the children’s understanding of the Celts? I believe the answer lies in a Celtic atmosphere created by the exhibition and the children freedom of choice.
- Curiosity: Free to question and select what objects to look at and draw.
- Collaboration: They organise themselves into groups for the creative activity, this allowed each group to work well together.
- Creativity: Instruction was given on how to make the helmets but they were free to decorate using their own designs influenced by their research and experience.
Here some examples of their work.
 Jarron, M (2015). “independent & individualist” Art in Dundee 1867-1927. Dundee: Abertay Historical Society. P81.