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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: 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.

Enquiry KS 3 5

The session will introduce the artist with an insight to Jansson’s life and the context in which the artist created. The session will explore Jansson as painter, cartoonist, illustrator and writer with opportunities for discussion on ideas and themes encountered in the works; nature and landscape, portraiture and identity, family and friends, belonging and diversity, imagination and storytelling, war and political subversion. Students will learn about Jansson’s artistic process and the philosophical influences on her work with opportunities to make connections and discuss ideas relevant to their journey as an artist.

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

Dates: Available Tuesday 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

Inspired by Jansson’s artistic process and ethos this workshop will focus on the experimental and observational elements of the artist’s very personal works. Students will focus on how the influence of place and nature, people and situations provided imaginative stimuli for Jansson’s work and informed the utopia of Jansson’s imaginative world. Following from discussion on creative motifs and ideas, students will experiment with representing these through the visual language of drawing and painting.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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