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Primary schools: Online practical workshops

Practical sessions led by artists over Zoom

EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2

Choose a theme

These workshops are delivered via Zoom, and aim to develop children's skills in communication, creativity and dexterity. 

They require basic materials which will be agreed with your school in advance. 

Please choose a theme from our available workshops below and request a booking.

EYFS to KS1

Make a story
Time
1 hour
Suitable for: EYFS, KS1
Journey across the sea with the Queen of Sheba and help create a whole new set of adventures. Where is she going? What should she take with her? What might happen along the way?

Through careful looking and exploration, this storytelling workshop will allow students to help shape the narrative and create simple props to use in a final retelling of the story.

Materials needed: A4 paper, coloured pens or felt-tips, scissors, tape and imagination.

This workshop can only be delivered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, depending on availability.
Mini masterpieces
Time
1.5 hours
Suitable for: EYFS, KS1
Sing, sway and jump into a painting with a musical story.

Students will be guided in the tools and techniques to create their own mini masterpiece.

Materials needed: cartridge paper, drawing pencils, coloured pencils, gold paper, black card.

This workshop can only be delivered on Mondays and Fridays, depending on availability.
Sculpting stories
Time
1.5 hours
Suitable for: EYFS, KS1
First, a storyteller will take pupils for a virtual walk through a specially chosen landscape painting through storytelling.

Then, pupils respond by making their own sculptures, developing communication, creativity and dexterity.

Materials needed: air-drying modelling clay, cheese wire, cartridge paper, paintbrushes, pots of water, table covers or aprons.

This workshop can only be delivered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, depending on availability.

KS1-2

Colour and light
Time
1.5 hours
Suitable for: KS1, KS2
See paintings in a new light by learning how artists make and use colour.

Materials needed: ready-mixed paint, drawing paper, paintbrushes.
Messengers
Time
1 hour
Suitable for: KS2
Explore colour, light and shape.

Students will be introduced to Bridget Riley's wall painting, Messengers, and connected works, experimenting with different ways of looking, drawing and using colour.

The session could be a good starting point for projects back in the classroom.

Materials needed: drawing paper, drawing pencils, coloured pencils, collage paper, scissors, glue stick.
Monet and colour
Time
1.5 hours
Suitable for: KS2
Monet captured a changing world with light, colour and a style all of his own.

Students will explore colour mixing and learn how to use Monet’s techniques to create their own work describing a place that’s important to them.

Materials needed: drawing paper, drawing pencils, water-soluble oil pastels, collage paper, scissors, glue stick.
Sketching seasons
Time
1 hour
Suitable for: KS2
Take a walk and explore how artists have been inspired by nature. Experiment with drawing and collage, but most of all, have fun exercising your creativity.

This session will use practical activities to explore and discuss paintings and could act as a springboard to projects in the classroom.

Materials needed: drawing paper, drawing pencils, coloured wax crayons or pencils, collage paper, scissors, glue stick.
What can paintings tell us about drawing?
Time
1.5 hours
Suitable for: KS1, KS2
Students learn to see the drawing behind the painting using traditional tools and techniques to develop an understanding of line, tone and perspective.

Materials needed: drawing paper, drawing pencils, coloured pencils or crayons.
What's the story?
Time
1 hour
Suitable for: KS2
Explore the sights, sounds, and mysteries of Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne' in this interactive workshop.

Become art detectives and study the painting for clues. Work out the story the artist is trying to tell and make up your own mind about its colourful cast of characters.

Students will learn how to tell a story through art by looking, questioning, imagining, and justifying their opinions. They will also get the chance to ask Gallery Educators their own questions and start to think about how noisy paintings can be by creating their own soundscapes!

Materials needed: Imagination only!
  • We require a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of date and a time frame for your session to be provided in the booking form
  • For each group of 10-30 pupils, we require the lead teacher’s name, email address and mobile number.

Please let us know 21 days prior to your session. Cancellations made with less than 21 days’ notice and no-shows will incur a charge.

All of the above themes can be adapted for SEND groups. Please contact us at schoolbookings@nationalgallery.org.uk for more information about how we can meet your group’s needs.

You may be interested in our 'Explore it!' and 'Sense it!' multisensory sessions, which are especially designed for SEND groups, and allow for flexibility and co-planning with group leaders. 

Please specify in the booking form if your students have special or additional needs.

All of the above themes can be adapted for overseas groups. 

Cost for overseas groups: £75–100 per group.

Cancellation policy
: 21 days prior to session. Please note, cancellations made with less than 21 days’ notice are non-refundable. 

You can book more than one group in a single booking request. Groups can differ by key stage, theme, date and time of their visit. There is a maximum of 3 groups per date.