Please be Aware
Timed ticketing is now in operation at the ticket desk for the Ravilious exhibition
Due to Popular Demand:
The Ravilious exhibition will be open until 8pm during the final weekends (21-23 & 28-30 August)
Did you know?
We are the world's first purpose-built public art gallery.
Did you know?
We are licenced for wedding ceremonies in the Gallery. Get married amongst the old masters!

Key stages 1 and 2

Introduce your Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils to the inspiring world of paintings. Spark young children’s imaginations and curiosity with interactive sessions that introduce the visual language of the Old Masters and link to key learning goals in the classroom. We also welcome schools with Special Educational Needs.

All sessions are free of charge. Programmes can be adapted for SEN groups.

Booking: sessions are booked by arrangement. Please contact the Schools Programme Manager on 020 8299 8731 or contact

Free talks and creative sessions for Early Years, Receptions and Key Stage 1:

These sessions serve as the perfect introduction to the Gallery and the visual world of painting.


Join our storyteller in the Gallery and listen as she brings the paintings to life. Storytelling sessions in the Chapel are also available by request.

Writing and Imagination

Inclusive and creative sessions use paintings to inspire students to tell their own stories through words and pictures.

Free talks and creative sessions for Key Stages 2:

Open up a world of expression for primary students with our range of programmes that emphasise communication and creativity. Sessions use the Collection and visual art as a starting point for exploration across a wide variety of subject areas.

Discovery Tours

Structured sessions with our gallery teaching team engage children in discussions about paintings in the Collection. With an emphasis on open-ended questioning and developing reasoning skills, these sessions can focus around a particular theme or provide a more general introduction. These sessions are frequently paired with Artskills workshops in the Sackler Studio Link to provide a well-rounded, full-day visit to the Gallery.


These creative workshops use the Collection for inspiration in the art studio. Working with professional teaching artists in the Sackler Studio, children encounter new materials and are taught the skills to use them effectively. Often linked with the Discovery Tours they focus on a theme tied to the Collection.

Dramatic Art

In these engaging sessions children interpret a painting and create a performance. Emphasis is placed on understanding and effectively communicating emotions and narrative. Children work in teams to bring a static image to life as they explore themes in the Collection.

Explore Buildings

These interactive workshops look at the design and context of Sir John Soane’s unique gallery building. Students experiment with building materials and models, investigating elements of designs. Children are introduced to the built environment and local studies.

Art Science

Exploring the science and history behind masterpieces in the Collection. Make links with chemistry, biology, history and art and design in an exciting and interactive session. Children spend time in the Gallery looking at and discussing paintings and then examine materials in the Sackler Centre for Arts Education.

Sacred Spaces

These discussion based sessions take place in the intimate and beautiful space of Christ’s Chapel, the Gallery and grounds. Art and architecture are investigated through the lens of religious studies as students consider the idea of what makes a space sacred. Limited sessions are available each term.

Special Education Needs

We welcome groups with special educational needs for interactive and sensory-based sessions in both the Gallery and art studio. Please discuss your interests and requirements when making a booking so that we can best accommodate the needs of your group.