There has been an exhibition of some of Edgar Degas‘ work at the Fitzwilliam Museum over the last few months. We have visited it several times as Degas’ ballerinas are some of my favourites. The exhibition is a “range of work – paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolours, prints of different types, counterproofs and sculptures in bronze and wax” (www.fitzwilliam.cam.ac.uk/degas).
On a recent visit A and I took a box of simple resources and our favourite Degas book, “Dancing with Degas” by Julie Merberg (ISBN 978-0811840477) to the museum to make our own dancer sculptures.
We bent pipe-cleaners into dancer shapes. A used a cotton real as the body onto which we put cake cases as the skirts. A was also keen to make a dancer without a dress as many of the sculptures were just a body.
We read the story and moved the dancers in the various positions and postures.
(The play dough was to make them stand up!)
The exhibition is only on until 14th January so there is not long left to see it. Our dancers will be around forever though!