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Workshops for schools

For Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1–4

Spend longer looking, making and learning with our range of practical workshops

Sessions are led by specialist Gallery Educators and take place in both the Gallery and the Pigott Education Centre. Please choose from one of the themes below. 

To discuss our workshop availability, please email, or call us on 020 7747 2424. 

Group size: 10–60 (maximum 30 per session)
Cost: Free for UK schools. Not available to overseas schools

Cancellation policy: 28 days prior to session. Please note, cancellations made with less than 28 days’ notice will incur a charge.

Sculpting stories 

Take a walk through a specially chosen landscape painting through storytelling and object handling. Pupils create their own sculpture to take home, developing communication, creativity and dexterity. 

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1 
Duration: 2 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)
Dates: 17 October 2019, 4 December 2019, 4 March 2020, 1 July 2020  

Mini masterpieces 

Sing, sway and jump into a painting with a musical story. Pupils will be given the tools and techniques to create their own mini masterpiece.   

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1 
2 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)
Dates: 13 January 2020, 30 March 2020 

Every picture tells a story 

Discover the hidden story behind a series of paintings and become a part of it. With the help of an actor, this drama and literacy session helps pupils build their own responses and ideas, developing story building, communication and creativity. 

Suitable for: KS1, KS2 
2 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)
Dates: 7 October 2019, 18 November 2019, 10 February 2020, 23 March 2020

What can paintings tell us about drawing

Learn to see the drawing behind the painting using traditional tools and techniques including pen and ink, chalk and carbon paper to develop an understanding of line, tone and perspective. 

Suitable for: KS1, KS2 
3.5 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)
Dates: 19 September 2019, 23 January 2020, 28 April 2020, 7 May 2020, 18 June 2020

Colour and light 

See paintings in a new light by learning how artists make and use colour. Pupils will create their own painting by being taught how to mix primary colours into a wide range of tones. 

Suitable for: KS1, KS2 
3.5 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)
Dates: 24 September 2019, 10 December 2019, 5 February 2020, 13 May 2020, 23 June 2020   


Explore colour, light and shape in this 90 minute practical workshop which will be tailored to your key stage.  Students will look at the new 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.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4 
1.5 hours (not including use of lunch room)
Dates: 24 September 2019, 4 October 2019, 17 October 2019, 15 November 2019, 26 November 2019, 4 December 2019, 10 December 2019, 13 January 2020, 23 January 2020, 31 January 2020, 5 February 2020, 25 February 2020, 4 March 2020, 19 March 2020, 30 March 2020, 28 April 2020, 7 May 2020, 13 May 2020, 22 May 2020, 12 June 2020, 18 June 2020, 23 June 2020, 1 July 2020 

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 a etching press. 

Suitable for: KS3
3.5 hours (including use of lunch room for 30 minutes)
Dates: 26 November 2019, 19 March 2020 

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)
Dates: 15 November 2019, 25 February 2020, 12 June 2020   

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)
Dates: 4 October 2019, 1 November 2019, 31 January 2020, 22 May 2020


Bring the magic of the Gallery into your school with our outreach sessions.

Cost: Free for UK schools.
Duration: 1–2 hours
Group size: 10–30

Story storms 

A knight, a dragon and a princess tumble into a swirl of your own imagination. Uncover the story of Saint George, create a dragon part by part, and paint it into a story storm. Lively questioning and discussion will encourage learners to express their own ideas, justify their choices and develop their creativity.

Suitable for: KS1

Monet and architecture 

Monet captured a changing world with light, colour and a style all of his own. Explore the architecture that shapes your life and learn how to use Monet’s techniques to create an artwork describing a place that’s important to you.

Suitable for: KS2 

To discuss your requirements and to make an outreach booking, contact us on 020 7747 5890 or email