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Secondary schools: Practical workshops

Artist-led practical sessions

Key Stages 3-5

Available sessions

Our onsite workshops will resume from September 2021. 

Please see our available sessions below and book by requesting a booking form from  

KS3: Printing pre-digital

Learn how artists printed 400 years ago by trying it for yourself. Students are introduced to a range or printing techniques and, taking inspiration from the collection, will create their own print using an etching press. 

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: 3.5 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)

24 November 2021
25 March 2022

KS3 and KS4: Making colour

Create paint from scratch and experiment with pigments in a study day which increases proficiency in handling materials as such as gold leaf and egg tempera. 

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 

4 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)

18 November 2021
25 February 2022
9 June 2022

KS3 and KS4: Portraiture from preparation to paint

Learn to create a portrait step-by-step by investigating a selection of portraits from the 1400s to 1700s.

This study day increases critical thinking and proficiency in handling acrylic paint and painting on canvas. 

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 

4 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)

12 November 2021
20 May 2022

Image: Copyist Alyana Gumeniuk at work. Image © The National Gallery, London

KS3 and KS4: Messengers

Explore colour, light and shape in this 90-minute practical workshop which will be tailored to your key stage.

Students will look at the Bridget Riley 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.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 

How to book

Please request an online booking form via 

Days: Weekdays (term time only)
Duration: 60–90 minutes
Group size: 10–60 (maximum 30 per session)
Cost: Free for UK schools
Not available to overseas schools

Contact: Please contact us at or call 020 7747 2424.

  • 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.

For online sessions, we require 24 hours' notice of any cancellations. Late cancellations will incur a charge. 

Please contact us at if you need to cancel your session. 

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.

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

Workshops are currently not offered for overseas groups.