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Family Summer/Autumn Programme

Autumn events


MUSA Young Archaeologist

Sat 30 August to 29 November, 2-3.30pm (7-12 yrs)

For the budding archaeologists amongst you we’re back with more exciting hands-on sessions to develop your archaeology skills and knowledge of the past. Workshops take place on the last Saturday of each month at MUSA Free, but booking essential.

Metal Detectives: Sat 27 September, 2-3.30pm

Romans: Sat 25 October, 2-3.30pm

Greeks: Sat 29 November, 2-3.30pm 


Arty Saturdays ‘Barbara Rae’

Every Saturday 23 August – 13 December, 1-3pm (All ages)

Challenge yourself to a new art activity inspired by Barbara Rae’s artwork. Spin the colour wheel to look at the colour combinations. Rub different surfaces to create texture. Draw from your memories of your favourite places. Spot the different lines and shapes from the prints on display.



Make and Use a Viewfinder

Mon 13 October, 11am-12pm and 2-3pm (All ages)

Gather at the Gateway Galleries to make your very own viewfinder. Pick up your pencil and join us on our beach walk along the West Sands. Sketch views of St Andrews then compare your choices with Barbara Rae's back in the gallery. Please wear suitable clothing for an outdoor walk. Free, but booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Brilliant Badges

Weds 15 October, 1.30-3.30pm (All ages)

Build a brilliant badge inspired by the artwork of Barbara Rae. Use bright colours and bold lines to recreate your favourite place. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

Crazy Collage

Fri 17 October, 1.30-3.30pm (All ages)

Create a crazy collage at the Gateway Galleries. Look at Barbara Rae's paintings and prints and try to copy some of the shapes and marks into your own picture. Rip, tear, cut, stick, paste and experiment with different paper and patterns. Free, drop in, no booking required. 

Become An Animator: Dem Dancing Bones

Sun 19 October, 2-2.45pm (3-6s) and 3-4pm (7-12s)

Ever wondered how Wallace and Gromit works? Find out about stop-motion animation and help to make a video of some dancing skeletons inspired by our new medical exhibition at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 

Big Draw: Portrait Silhouettes

Mon 20 October, 1.30-3.30pm (All ages)

Help us make a visual record of MUSA's visitors today by posing for a larger than life portrait silhouette, which you can paint in the colour of your choice and see displayed in MUSA's Learning Loft. Free, drop-in, no booking required. 

Big Draw: Gigantic Body

Weds 21 October, 1.30-3.30pm (All ages)

Help us construct a huge anatomical chart at MUSA, by cutting, colouring and collaging images of human body parts, using exhibits in the new medical exhibition as inspiration. Free, drop-in, no booking required. 

Puppet-making for Children

Fri 24 October, 10.30am-12pm (3-6s) and 2-4pm (7-12s)

Watch puppets come to life through stories and songs then create a puppet of your own from colourful scrap materials and learn how to operate it. This fun, hands-on workshop at MUSA will be led by professional puppeteer Sylvia Troon. Free, but booking essential.

Texture Trails

Fri 14 November, 1.30-2.15 (3-6s) and 2.30-3.30 (7-12s)

Create a fantastic mixed media artwork inspired by the Barbara Rae exhibition. Paint different textures using bubble wrap, leaves and whatever you can find. Wrap, coil, and twist string to create shapes you can print and pattern. Takes place at MUSA. Under 7s must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but booking essential. 

Inside the Body: Silhouette Animation

Sun 30 November, 2-4pm (Teenagers and adults)

What actually happens inside your body? Our friends from Clydebuilt Puppets show you how to use silhouette projection techniques to explore different aspects of your inner self, perhaps with surprising results… Be prepared to make some gooey inner bits and remember, we are made up of lots of water! Free, but booking essential.