Angoulême: At the museum, children become Cro-Magnon men and women


The mammoth was the star of the drawings.

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Dry pastels for practice

In the cool, before going to drawing, the little hands are busy taking large pillows and forming a circle in front of the replica of the museum’s prehistoric cave. Mathis, cultural communicator, begins to read the story of Cromignon, taken from a children’s book. Its small visitors on the day are between four and six years old and are happy to answer the questions of their teacher who asks them throughout the story. “Have you ever eaten marrow bones?” »laughs the facilitator before realizing the age of his congregation. “My father, he eats it. He loves it and my dog ​​too”says Rosanna at five years old.

The morning begins with history reading in the museum.


The morning begins with history reading in the museum.

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Sometimes I make sketches that are a little ugly. It happens, it does not matter.

After a mammoth imitation, everyone gets up. Direction first floor and a room dedicated to educational workshops. Animal models are already placed on the tables. “We do not draw with markers and crayons. We will use dry pastels », invites the broker. And the advantage is that you can blur traces of pastels with your fingers. So Emilien was tempted by a snake and Alice chose a mammoth. “with many teeth and a horse”.

During the workshop Les P'tits Pré Historiques, offered at the Angoulême Museum, the children draw on sheets before descending into the cave.


During the workshop Les P’tits Pré Historiques, offered at the Angoulême Museum, the children draw on sheets before descending into the cave.

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A little further into the room, Rosanna confides her thoughts as she colors her bear. “I do not really like to draw. But when I was four, I loved it. » It was actually a very long time ago: she is now five years old.

The children showed concentration with the litters.


The children showed concentration with the litters.

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A drawing of prehistoric crane

All this preparatory work was done so that budding artists could draw on the copy of another cave, installed under vaults in the museum’s courtyard, on the side of the old entrance to the site (Rue Friedland).

Quite wisely, the ten children each drew their cave piece.


Quite wisely, the ten children each drew their cave piece.

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With black charcoal, the first sketches adorn the wall. “We make prehistoric drawings”trying to remind Mathis, the broker. “Oops, I made a princess”laughs Emilien.

Large tubs were available to immerse your hands in.


Large tubs were available to immerse your hands in.

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Then the children in turn put their hands in the pigment powder. To put them gently (or not) on the wall. A few clues on the clothes later, it’s time to consider the works. Each specifies what he wanted to achieve: birds, rhinos, hands with a mouth and eyes.

In front of Côme, sits a large black drawing with a few lines. He let his imagination control his hands: “I do not know what it is. But sometimes I make drawings that are a little ugly. It happens, it doesn’t matter.” Eventually, the little boy will explain that it’s a … prehistoric construction crane.

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The entertainment program

During the summer, many activities are offered at the Angoulême Museum. As part of the Beautiful Days, for 7-11-year-olds, readings of stories accompanied by a plastic workshop around the Tarz exhibition. Embroidery in Morocco, yesterday and today will take place on Wednesday 27 July at 14.00. “Virtual reality sensory experience” workshops and others around camembert labels are also offered at the paper museum on Wednesday 3 and 17 August at 14.30. On Wednesday 10 and 24 August, young people aged 7 to 10 can try their hand at archeological excavations, at
The museum also offers animations around the stories on Thursday 28 July and 4 August as well as Friday 5. August. 10.30 for 4-6 year olds and 14 for 7-11 year olds. For the 8-12 year olds, there will also be courses over two sessions around the exhibition on Moroccan embroidery. Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July and Thursday 18th and Friday 19th. August.

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