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Secondary Schools

All visits, sessions and workshops for schools are free. 

We support students to:

- Deepen knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art

- Explore ideas and generate dialogue around artworks

- Experiment and take creative risks

- Use the heritage, building and collection as a resource for cross-curricular learning

- Make personal connections with the collection and their own lives

Choose from an enquiry session or creative workshop for one of our upcoming temporary exhibitions:

Inspired by: Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden (1903-89) was a master printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer. While known for his commercial work for companies such as Twinings and Fortnum & Mason, and his linocuts depicting everyday England, Bawden was a hugely versatile artist who pushed the boundaries between fine and commercial art. Arranged thematically, the exhibition explores the evolution in his style across recurring motifs such as leisure, nature and architecture, largely consisting of prints and watercolours.

Enquiry KS 3 - 5

Artist-led session in the exhibition space / 1hr 30 mins

This discursive session will thematically examine Bawden’s art, life, influences and legacy. Focus themes include leisure, time and technology; nostalgia, fantasy and humour; nature, literature and national identity. The session will illustrate how an artist can demonstrate breadth, variety and experimentation in their work, inviting the students to consider different ways of reading an artwork while also discussing whether popularity compromises the reputation of a ‘serious artist’. The session will also illustrate Bawden’s expressive use of colour and the architectural aspects of his London scenes and map works.

Curriculum links: Art & Design / English

Or choose a life drawing session:

KS3 - 5

Students will work from a nude or clothed model inspired by the poses, gestures and movements in the permanent collection. This session supports students wanting to expand their portfolio.

Dates: Available Tuesday to Friday.

All visits, sessions and workshops for schools are free. Please book four weeks before your intended visit. All of the sessions can be adapted for SEN groups. Please contact us for more information about how we can meet your group’s needs.

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