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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: David Milne: Modern Painting

‘David Milne: Modern Painting’ Canadian painter (1882 – 1953) will document an artistic career that spanned the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition will follow Milne’s artistic development as he moved from the depiction of frantic city life New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and back again to the woods, fields and skies of the northeastern US and Canada. It will document the change in Milne’s approach as he moved from the Post-Impressionist style of his New York years, with its vivid colours and dynamic brushstrokes, to the more distilled visual language of his later work influenced by intense creative time spent living in isolation in a hut in the wilderness.

Enquiry KS 3 - 5

The gallery session will introduce the artist with an insight to Milne’s life and the context in which the artist created. Through discussion of his works, we will examine Milne’s artistic journey and process as the artist spent much time alone exploring the natural world searching for his place within it and how he could connect through his artistic output. Through time spent looking and discussing Milne’s influences and the wider socio-historical context in which he worked students will explore and understand Milne’s use of colour, composition and blank space.

Curriculum links: Art & Design / English (spoken language) / Citizenship

Dates: Available Wednesday and Thursdays. Please do let us know if these days are not suitable as there is some flexibility with advance notice.

Creative Studio Workshop KS 3 5

The session will focus on Milne’s landscape works, his response to nature and his paintings as documenting, recording and witness to the effects of war. The session will unpack Milne’s artistic process through his use of colour, composition, perspective and blank space.  The session will develop close-looking, observational drawing and mark-making.

Curriculum links: Art & Design / Geography

Dates: Available Wednesday and Thursdays. Please do let us know if these days are not suitable as there is some flexibility with advance notice.

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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