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This video will explain how this vase was made. Called “seahorses” it was created by artist Julia Linstead. Her main inspiration is sea and pond life as well as flowers. She works with sand-blown 24% lead crystal bowls in jewel colours. Each piece is unique, with a hand-drawn design sandblasted into the coloured surface.

This is a print called “Woodchat” made by John Paige who went to Rugby School during the Second World War, and the art studio was a second home to him. He went to Cambridge to read law, but did not graduate and then spent 15 years as an officer in the Royal Armoured Corps. After he was a game warden in Uganda and a corn merchant but decided to return to art and he become a painter.  He went back to school and studied graphic design at Birmingham College of Art, where he learnt about several different media, most of which he continues to use.

This piece called “Banana Capoc Tree and Sheep” was created at the Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Cairo by Soraia Hassan this video looks at this interesting tapestry. If you would like to learn more about weaving go to our create page.

This piece called “Elephant Bull” was created by Terry Mathews who has exhibited his sculptures all over the world. He has created a life-size concrete Rhino at the gates of Nairobi National Park, Kenya and a bronze memorial at the spot where several tons of ivory tusks were symbolically burnt by President Moi. Terry Mathews was brought up in Uganda and was a keen naturalist from an early age. Returning to East Africa after being educated in England, he became one of the best known hunters in Kenya, eventually starting his own firm, Mathews Safaris. When he lost the sight of his lead eye, he turned his sculpture hobby into his full time occupation.  He is now a keen wildlife conservationist.

This painting called “Life in the Sky” it was created by John Leigh Pemberton. It is one of twelve plates in the book 'The Shell Guide to Wildlife', other include 'Life on the Wall' and 'Life in the Meadow'. The images were used in magazines, as calendars and as wall charts for schools. All were used to illustrate books sponsored by Shell through various publishers.

This is a video describing a painting by Jan Van Kessel of "landscape with the animals entering Noah's Ark". If you go to the create page you will find a picture to print off and colour in of this painting.

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