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Primary Schools

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.

Please see our available school sessions below.

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

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)

Exhibition Explorers

Rembrandt's Light School Sessions


Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt, with our exceptional group of paintings by the artist, the Gallery will stage an innovative exhibition focusing on Rembrandt’s mastery of the depiction of light and how it was integral to his storytelling and representation of emotion.

Rembrandt’s Light Studio Workshop: KS1 – KS2

10-11.45am or 12.45-2.30pm

As the head of his own studio, Rembrandt was a teacher of art himself. In fact, many of the works featured in the exhibition provide 'visual lessons'.  Students will be invited to explore and experiment with light and storytelling through creative investigations supported by our artist educators.

Curriculum links: Art and Design / Design and Technology / Literacy

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 October to 30 January

£105 per session (for up to 30 students)

Rembrandt’s Light Enquiry Session: KS2 – KS2

10.30am-12pm or 1-2.30pm

In the heart of the exhibition students will be supported by an expert artist educator to discuss and dissect Rembrandt as an artist, a person and a storyteller. Students will better understand just how innovative and human he was as an artist, whilst develop skills in articulating their own ideas and opinions.

Curriculum links: Art and Design / Literacy / History / PHSE

Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 October 2019 to 30 January 2020

£90 per session (for up to 30 students)

Image credit: Rembrandt van Rijn, The Denial of St Peter, 1660, © The Rijksmuseum

British Surrealism School Sessions

British Surrealism is the first major exhibition to explore the origins of surrealist art in Britain. The exhibition will position British Surrealism as a fundamental movement in the history of art, showing visionary writers and artists from previous centuries that include Lewis Carroll, William Blake and Henry Fuseli alongside artists from the twentieth century.  The exhibition brings together over 30 artists from Eileen Agar, John Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Edward Burra, Leonora Carrington, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland, featuring 70 eclectic works, from paintings and sculptures to prints and etchings. British Surrealism explores the undercurrents of surrealism as a state of mind, ideas around memory, chance and dream – expect the unexpected! 

Deconstructing British Surrealism Studio Workshop: KS1 – KS2

10-11.45am or 12.45-2.30pm

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality […] Lewis Carroll

Students will view British Surrealism with guidance from our expert artist educators. This session starts in the gallery by examining the political and social contexts from which surrealism emerged and using sketchbooks to record visual ideas. Back in the studio students will  transform their ideas into artwork inspired by surrealist techniques, which could include automatic mark making, creating games to make artistic decisions based on chance, combining image and text, frottage, collage and photomontage  processes to create their own bizarre images. 

Curriculum links: Art and Design / Design Technology / Literacy/ History

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 26 February-14 May 2020

£105 per session (for up to 30 students)

Deconstructing British Surrealism  Enquiry Sessions: KS2 

10.30am-12pm or 1-2.30pm

Students will view the exhibition in depth with our expert artist educators discussing and deciphering work of the visionaries of British Surrealism. Students will discover the relevance of psychoanalysis, the significance of dream interpretation to surrealist imagery and how English writing and poetry became early protagonists of British Surrealism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Curriculum links: Art and Design / Design Technology/ Literacy / History / PHSE

£90 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.

How to book

Our days and timings can be flexible to suit you, please enquire upon booking. 

Please complete the enquiry form below and we will follow up with booking information. If you have any questions you can get in touch with us at or 0208 299 8730.

If your school is not able to meet the cost of a visit we can offer a bursary to assist with all or some of the costs. Please contact us on the email or telephone number above to find out more.

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To find out how we can support your Artsmark journey, contact / 020 8299 8730

Arts Award

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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