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Big Draw Festival - Charcoal Power

13th December 2016 • Tower Bridge Blog

Big Draw Festival - Charcoal Power

On 15th October families visiting Tower Bridge Exhibition got their hands dirty in our Big Draw 2016 festival activity, ‘Charcoal Power’. Artist Natalie Ryde came in to run a series of art workshops for families, fusing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM).

Forming part of our ongoing family learning programme, each session gave participants a unique opportunity to experience the science and motion of the Victorian Engine Rooms behind closed doors.

Following a tour, families used their newfound knowledge along with painted boxes, erasers and a piece of charcoal to create reduction drawings that mimicked the motion of the Steam Pumping Engines. Reduction drawings are particularly messy as they are made by covering the paper with charcoal and then using erasers to remove the charcoal to create a pattern so throughout the session, with our hands and clothes covered suitably in soot, we shared ideas on how messy it could be working in the Engine Rooms

The families all worked really well together and, once they had finished their artwork, joined all the individual pieces together to assemble our own engine tower in the Victorian Engine Rooms.

Thank you to everyone who took part, please see our family learning page for information about future events.

David, Education and Marketing Assistant

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