#summerclub2014: Do it yourself blue and white porcelain
- Get yourself a white ceramic plate.
- Then create a design with a blue sharpie.
- Set the ink to the plate by heating it in your oven for 30 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
- After you’ll have yourself a masterpiece worthy of any fine dinnerware collection.
Made by 8 to 10 year olds in our Clay Cultures group.
Learn more about the history of blue and white porcelain, commonly known as “China” here.
Where the Brick Works meets the Museum
All ‘round the Museum, inside and out, you’ll notice these big pink signs displaying a little fact about our history. This one is my favourite. Our Head of Facilities likes to tell me that not only does the Museum hold artifacts and specimens but it is one itself with an important place in Toronto’s history.
I find new cool stuff every time I go
"Find new cool stuff every time" should be our new tagline.
Trip to the ROM. (Royal Ontario Museum)
I’m a big fan sketching in the Museum. With so many wonderful specimens and objects to draw, your options are endless.
Sketching at the Museum is so popular, we even have our own series on it! Check out the AMAZING Liz Butler and her series ‘Liz Butler Draws The ROM’! She’s covered bears, non avian and avian dinosaurs, big cats andmummified cats and more!
Liz Butler draws a cat mummy!
- Stools can be found on B1 of the Museum. Feel free to use them (just bring them back when you’re done!) so you’re more comfortable while working.
- Canadian post-secondary students get into the Museum FREE on Tuesdays. This is great for all the OCAD and art majors out there.
- And hey, if you drop by the ROMKids Studio on B1, and we’re in, we’ll even hook you up with an eraser if you run out, and a sharpener if your favourite 9H pencil dulls.
Used throughout Chinese history, the pigeon whistle is attached around the bird’s neck, and creates sound during flight as air rushes through the instrument (in this case the whistle is from a gourd).
You can just imagine how gorgeous and other worldly this would sound when thirty or more pigeons took flight- a flying orchestra.
We brought this out from our Learning Collections recently for a special table featuring artifacts from throughout Chinese history.
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: July 20th, 2014.
We had a ton of fun with the Fort York Guard and Fife and Drum Corps yesterday at the Museum. These kids even wore matching outfits!
The event came together due a number of events happening at the Fort. Their soldiers are visiting various venues across the city in the mean time.
Thanks to everyone who came out!
Chain link armour was used throughout the Mediaeval World.
The chain helped prevent swords and similar objects from piercing the body. In Europe it was paired with thick, heavy plate armour for maximum protection. In this set up, chain was primarily used over the joints, places where more flexibility was required.
Though armour was a necessity during war, plate armour came with a series of issues. Plate armour is expensive, heavy, and susceptible to the weather- if it was hot, the metal would warm and you would heat up, if it was cold, the metal would cool, and you would freeze. While adaptations were made, such as wearing a tunic underneath, there was never a perfect solution. The daily temperature extremes in the Middle East allowed armour to evolve differently. Though plate armour was used, chain was much more predominately specifically over the arms and legs. Coupled with smaller horses, chain was ideal for the Middle East.
The chain above is from what is now modern day Iran.
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: May 27th, 2014.
Liz Butler Draws The ROM: ROM Revealed
I had an AWESOME time during the ROM Revealed Weekend! It was so great to talk to all of you who stopped by. It was especially great to talk to all of you who are artists yourselves (some younger artists even showed me the cool arts and crafts that they made at the museum that weekend, like Egyptian collars and Chinese dragons)!
A special highlight of the weekend, for me, was talking to many of you about your favourite dinosaurs. It seemed like there were lots of fans of the sauropods, especially those like Barosaurus and Futalognkosaurus, which you learned about at the museum! My favourite is Parasaurolophus. How can you not love that crazy crest? AND the Parasaurolophus species featured in the ROM collection is named after one of the ROM’s founder Sir Byron Edmund Walker (Parasaurolophus walkeri)!
With this post, I have included some of the sketches I made while I was hanging out with all of you over the ROM Revealed weekend. On Saturday, I started out in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity and the Eaton Gallery of Rome. Sunday I spent the morning in the Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples, before heading to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs. I loved talking about all the great displays in the galleries with those of you who visited!
A huge thank-you to everyone who stopped by to talk to me over the awesome ROM Revealed weekend! What a great celebration!
- Liz Butler is an artist and teacher who loves natural history and museums. She loves drawing, painting, and making crafts of all kinds. She is happiest when she can find ways to combine art projects with science content.
- Liz’s Website – Liz Butler Draws
- Liz’s Blog – Saw Whet Studio
- More guest posts from Liz HERE!
- Do you like to sketch? Love museums? Are you a full time student in Canada? The ROM is yours to explore, FREE, every Tuesday! MORE!
Guest Post By Liz Butler. Last Updated: June 9th, 2014.
#REgenerationtour: Adventure to Machu Picchu
By Emile Watanabe, 10 years old
We started off leaving Cusco in a hour and a half collectivo (mini van that goes to and from the little towns outside of Cusco) on our way to Ollantaytambo (Ollanta for short), a small town in the middle of the mountains. In Ollanta, we spent one night in a nice homestay with a lovely family. These people were warm and kind and had the most playful dog you’ve ever seen. His name was Tony. We spent hours playing with him. There was Petronilla, her daughter Rene and her nice granddaughter, Cynthia. We also took the Pinkuyllyana hike up to the Incan storehouses, a steep but beautiful hike. The storehouses were quite high up in the mountains surrounding the town. What a view we had from there! Filou and dad went to a mini tower over the ruins. Filou said that the tower looked like bunny ears! After our long hike we took a walk around town. Then we headed home for a freshly cooked meal. There was chicken and soup and rice and pasta and it was all so good! So we chowed down and then went off to bed.
The next day we took a class on how the Quechua (an indigenous group from throughout South America) weave and sew. Filou and I each made a bracelet and learned about how they dye the wool and thread to the right colour using minerals and dried insects! It was very interesting. We even crushed some dried beetles for the red dye!
After that we packed our bags and took a Peru Rail train through the mountains to Aguas Calientes, the small town next to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century by King Pachacuti. We spent the night there in a lovely hostel with a great bed and the next day, we were off to Machu Picchu, the historic city of the Incas.
We took a half hour bus trip up to the ruins at 8:30 and then waited in line to get in. But when we got in, it was nothing like what we had expected. It was so much better than that! It was huge and beautiful and oh so high! There were llamas in the fields and birds in the sky and huge mountains all around us! We spent a whole day exploring and I bet we didn’t even see a quarter of the site. The day was long and the site was cold and misty but what a good time we had! Most of what the Inca had built was held together by mud and sand, but what the Pre-Inca had built was just rocks stacked on top of each other! We also took a hike up the Machu Picchu Mountain to get the best shots and views of the city! When we got down we were all very tired and went to the line for the bus, only the line was HUGE!!! We waited another hour before we got back to town! Then, we all sat down for a coffee, (hot chocolate for us kids) and headed home.
Some cool facts about Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu is 2,430 metres above sea level.
- Many people call these ruins The Lost City of the Incas, but it is the most known site to all of the Incas, Peruvians, Quechua people and all other mountain groups.
- Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
- People used to run around the site nude, so now they are going to set a new rule. Everybody who enters the site has to be with a tour guide.
- All photos (except where noted): Watanabes, 2014
- Image 2: Machu Picchu as the mist’s rise at dawn: By Rtype909 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
- Follow the rest of the #REgenerationtour HERE!
- Anthony’s (Dad) blog on the environmental mission: www.the-regeneration.com
- Rose’s (Mom) blog shares the family experience on the road:www.yolomomonthego.wordpress.com
- You can also follow Emile on Instagram @emiwata15!
- Check out the rest of our #ROMKidsGoesWhere series HERE!