Hercules Reborn In Cyberspace Thanks To AccessArt & Show Me

| 29 March 2004
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Shows a screen shot of the online workshop. There is a photograph of the Farnese Hercules cast in the centre.

Photo: a page from the online workshop, which features photographs of the Farnese Hercules cast on show at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge.

Hercules, a favourite children’s hero and cultural icon, is the subject of a brand new online workshop.

Inspired by the classic Farnese Hercules cast on show at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, which houses one of the largest collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman statues in the world, it will teach children all about one of Greece's greatest heroes.

Commissioned by www.show.me.uk and produced by AccessArt, the workshop, called Hercules, is a powerful visual learning tool for 7 to 11 year olds designed in Flash MX.

Shows a screen shot of the online workshop. On the right is a picture of the Hydra, a green watersnake with lots of heads.

Photo: the story of four of Hercules' Labours are told including how he took on the Hydra, a many headed watersnake.

"We think it is vital that online cultural resources for kids begin to explore the use of technology like Flash MX," said Jon Pratty, editor of the 24 Hour Museum, parent website of Show Me.

"MX allows all kinds of users to access the story – even vision impaired screenreader users."

Children can find out about Hercules’ Labours and the history of the statue itself, as well as learn about sculpture and the process of casting.

Bringing the stories to life, there are photographs of the massive sculpture and illustrations, based on designs by children who attended actual workshops, collaborations between Cambridge’s Museum of Classical Archaeology and AccessArt.

Shows a screen shot of the workshop. In the centre is an illustration of Hercules holding up the sky.

Photo: many of the illustrations are animated versions of pictures drawn by children who attended actual workshops set up by AccessArt and the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

The innovative online workshop was created by graduates from the Royal College of Art Sculpture School, Sheila Ceccarelli and Paula Briggs, in collaboration with Jacqui Strawbridge, Education Officer at the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

Hercules forms part of Show Me, a national museum and gallery website resource for children, teachers and parents and will also appear on AccessArt’s award-winning website. It was produced with support from the Arts Council of England and the Clore Duffield Foundation.

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