(via Jeremy Briggs): Britain’s Tank Museum in Bovington is using the seminal anti-war comic Charley’s War to promote activities at the centre this coming half term.
The Museum has planned a week of art themed family activities for the October Half Term with the theme ‘War Paint’ from 27th October 2012 to 4th November 2012. These include live tank action and tracked vehicle rides – and children who complete their artistic challenge (PDF link) and draw their own comic strip go free (more details below).
Activities announced include military themed creative activities for kids, the opportunity to learn about different types of camouflage, a special exhibition of soldier’s art, free trails, talks and tours. There will also be the chance to build and paint a wooden model tank and take it home with you (extra charge applies) and see Tank Action Displays (weekdays only, 1.00pm).
The Museum will also be hosting a Big Draw event, one of many events across the UK that will be part of a major national initiative to engage families in art. local artist Heidi Dickenson will be leading a special workshop at The Tank Museum on Wednesday 31st October.
Visiting families will be encouraged to contribute to a giant artwork, adding camouflage schemes, textures, details or messages within a large tank-shaped outline. They will be able to add to the `tank` directly, or create their own section on a piece of paper for sticking on to it.
For children wanting to gain free admission, simply download this document here follow the instructions and get creative! (PDF, 1.61 MB)
*Terms & Conditions: To qualify for a free child admission, your child must download and complete the above challenge as described. Present the completed print out on admission. The completed cartoon strip must be original artwork (photocopies will not be accepted). A maximum of ONE free child admission will be permitted per full paying adult. A child is defined as being aged 0 – 16 years. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
Categories: British Comics