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Secondary schools: Online practical workshops

Practical sessions led by artists over Zoom

Key Stages 3-5

Choose a theme

Our online workshops are delivered via Zoom. Workshops focus on drawing, collage, printing or simple painting and require basic materials which will be agreed with your school in advance. 

Please choose a theme from our available workshops below and book online.

KS3-5

Messengers
Time
1 hour
Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5
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.
Sketchbook skills
Time
1 hour
Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5
This session is designed to build confidence and encourage students to develop the skills to record, review and reflect in a meaningful, creative way using sketchbooks.

Looking carefully at 2-3 focus paintings, students will be guided through a variety of traditional and contemporary drawing techniques using a wide selection of drawing materials.

Students are encouraged to enjoy looking, to look carefully, to reflect on their own visual literacy and to enter all activities without fear.

The session will also include examples and suggestions for further work developing individual ideas.

Materials needed: drawing paper, a range of drawing pastels and pencils or similar.
What can paintings tell us about drawing?
Time
1.5 hours
Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5
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 or charcoal, pastels (if available).
Who am I?
Time
1 hour
Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5
How do artists reveal or create someone’s identity? In this interactive session we will compare 'Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study' by Degas and 'Madame Moitessier' by Ingres; two very different portraits of women, but only painted about 30 years apart.

Through drawing we will explore how each artist used shape, line and colour. Both women are set in interior spaces and are surrounded by objects. Why these particular objects and what do they tell us about them? Do they tell the truth or try to mislead us?

Materials needed: drawing paper, drawing pencils or charcoal, pastels (if available).
  • 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 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
: Please let us know if you need to cancel 21 days prior to your 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.