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Please note: We currently aren't able to offer in-person workshops, but as we move towards reopening in May, we have an exciting digital workshop for KS2 and KS3 students which is now available to book below. Please contact us on schools@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk with any queries. 

We welcome Primary School groups to the Gallery to creatively and critically engage with our Collection and temporary exhibitions through artist-led practical workshops, discursive enquiry sessions, storytelling and tours, each linking to subjects on the national curriculum.

All our school sessions can be tailored to suit SEND groups. Please flag any requirements when filling out our booking form. 

The Possibilities of the Impossible Bouquet 

In this artist-led digital workshop, students will use the Gallery’s still life collection to develop enquiry skills to enable them to talk about artworks and express themselves creatively. Investigating the historical context of Jan Van Huysum’s Vase with Flowers or the ‘Impossible Bouquet’ as it’s more commonly known will provide an exciting springboard for children to create their own artwork about themselves.

Available: Tuesdays 11am-12pm, 2pm-3pm; Thursdays 11am-12pm

Curriculum links: Art and Design/ English/ History/ Design and Technology/Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Materials: Simple materials found in your classroom, drawing and collage based. (will be agreed in advance)
A teachers pack will be provided with follow up activities for you to do with your class. 

Session cost: £90

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Collection Connections

The Gallery owns one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world. School visits to our Collection give pupils the chance to see works ranging from Tudor times to the 19th century, by artists including Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Poussin.

Through our Collection students can explore the themes of Love, Identity, Nature and Conflict, and each of the following workshops will be based around your choice of one of these four themes.

Studio Workshops: Reception - KS2

10-11.45am or 12.45-2.30pm

These artist-led workshops open with looking at a small, themed selection of paintings in the Gallery to initiate enquiry-based dialogue and conversation. Using the paintings, the artist will set the theme for the workshop in context, encouraging mindful looking and questioning from the group. Back in the studio students will be supported to experiment with a variety of materials, processes and skills while continuing to consider the workshop theme.
Choose theme: Love / Identity / Nature / Conflict
Curriculum links: Art and Design / English / Design and Technology / History / Science
Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 16 September 2019 (available to book now)
£105 per session (for up to 30 students)

Gallery Enquiry: KS2

10.30am-12pm or 1-2.30pm

Gallery-based discussion sessions inspired by the Collection. Supported by expert artist educators, the session will develop students’ looking and thinking skills using open-ended questioning and dialogue. Students will come away with new vocabulary and increased confidence in articulating their ideas and opinions.
Choose theme: Love / Identity / Nature / Conflict
Curriculum links: Art and Design / English / Design and Technology / History / Science
Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 16 September 2019 (available to book now)
£90 per session (for up to 30 students)

Guided Gallery Tours: Reception - KS2

10.30am-12pm or 1-2.30pm

Themed tours of our Collection with a Schools Programme volunteer.
Curriculum links: Art and Design / Literacy / English
Free, with the booking of any Workshop, Enquiry or Storytelling session (for up to 30 students)

Gallery Storytelling: Early Years - KS2

10.30-11.30am or 1-2pm

Ignite young imaginations with our gallery-based interactive storytelling sessions inspired by our Collection, with sensory resources.
Choose theme: Love / Identity / Nature / Conflict
Curriculum links: English
Available: Tuesdays-Fridays
£80 per session (for up to 30 students)

National Curriculum links

You can find out more about how our schools sessions link with the National Curriculum here.

Self-guided resources

Explore the Gallery at your own pace with our new self-led resources. Choose from a selection of mood maps created by local school to discover the collection through a new thematic approach or download a worksheet with starter questions and activities for your visit. Self-led visits are free but must be booked. 

Mood Map - Conflict
Mood Map - Identity
Mood Map - Love
Mood Map - Nature

You can use this document as a resource for self-guided tours.

Artsmark

Dulwich Picture Gallery is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture. Find out more at artsmark.org.uk

To find out how we can support your Artsmark journey, contact schools@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk / 020 8299 8730

Arts Award

Dulwich Picture Gallery is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter through its schools programme. Find out more at artsaward.org.uk.

Image credits: Rembrandt van Rijn, Philemon and Baucis, 1658, oil on panel transferred to panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Leonora Carrington, The Old Maids, 1947, © Estate of Leonora Carrington / ARS, NY and DACS, London 2019, UEA 27. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia. Photographer: James Austin