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Primary 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 a creative workshop for one of our upcoming temporary exhibitions:

Inspired by: Tove Jansson (1914-2001)

Famous throughout the world for her stories and illustrations featuring the Moomin characters and books the exhibition will explore Finnish artist Tove Jansson’s wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting. The exhibition features Jansson’s self-portraits, landscapes and still-lifes revealing her early fascination with storytelling and colour whilst a key selection of self-portraits painted during the 1930s and ‘40s allow us to interpret the emotional climate of the different stages of Jansson’s life.

KS1

The workshop will introduce the exhibition and children will use sketchbooks to mark-make, draw from Jansson’s Moomin work while thinking, sharing and recording their opinions. Back in the studio children will draw, experiment with materials to surface rubbings and create a storyboard considering Jansson’s Moomin characters, feelings, text and themes.

Curriculum links: Art & Design / Literacy / PSHE

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

KS2

Taking inspiration from Jansson’s island and how her adventures on the island provided the creative inspiration for the Moomin stories, children will create their own island world. Children will consider climate and nature of their island and imagine creatures and characters living on their island. Children will draw, colour and use collage to bring their imaginative island to life.

Curriculum links: Art & Design / Literacy / PSHE

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

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.

KS1 - 2

The session will focus on drawing, taking inspiration from Milne’s nature work. Children will explore the artist’s use of shape, form, pattern and colour, making links to Milne’s artistic influences such as Matisse and Cézanne.

Curriculum links: Art & Design

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

Or choose a storytelling session inspired by our Permanent Collection:

Reception KS2

We offer imaginative and interactive gallery storytelling inspired by the permanent collection for reception – key stage 2. Chose from the following collection themes: Love, Conflict, Nature, Identity. The session supports communication skills and vocabulary development.

Curriculum links: Art & Design / Literacy / PSHE

Dates: Available Tuesday to Friday. Please let us know your focus at the point of booking.

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.

To book please complete the form below or email schools@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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