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National Museums Liverpool’s Impressionism Virtual Classroom

Get an interactive introduction to Impressionism with this virtual workshop from National Museums Liverpool.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, PSHE


An interactive introduction to Impressionism!

This virtual classroom is an interactive introduction to Impressionism. Using artworks from the gallery’s collection, workshop facilitators will use drawing challenges and visual thinking strategies to allow students to respond at a personal and creative level to two Impressionist masterpieces. Students will compare and contrast a traditional art style to the Impressionist modern movement, challenging the notion of what ‘good art’ looks like. This virtual workshop can be provided for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classes.

This virtual session is a perfect introduction to two famous, very different Impressionist artists – Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. In live group discussions, students can practise using appropriate artistic vocabulary. They will be encouraged to say what they see, feel and think about the paintings. A series of fast-paced drawing tasks for each painting offers fun opportunities to practise drawing playfully, with no pressure to ‘get it right’. Each drawing task has been selected to emphasise personal rather than perfect artistic attributes: excellent concentration skills, imagination, individuality and most important of all, rule-breaking!

The workshop is based on National Museums Liverpool’s belief that every child’s perspective is valued, and allows students to have their own unique creative response to modern masterpieces. Students speaking and listening, visual literacy and critical thinking skills are developed. The workshop recognises the power of their gallery’s internationally important collection to encourage mindfulness through thinking and working creatively. Their pre-workshop Impressionist glossary is a handy teaching aid and accompanies a Key Stage appropriate activity to prepare students for their live workshop.  Post-workshop activities use the featured artworks as a springboard for further educational opportunities, linking to other areas of the curriculum.


Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, PSHE

Price: £90 (per session)

Duration: 50 minutes

Min. Students: N/A

Max. Students: 32

Platform: Microsoft Teams

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Accessibility & Safety.

Safeguarding & Risk Assessment

National Museums Liverpool’s existing Safeguarding Policy remains in place and these guidelines have added detail to protect both their staff and participating schools during online engagement. Teachers are asked to read them to help provide a safe and optimal digital learning environment for students.

When running a live workshop via an online platform the National Museums Liverpool staff will:

  • Only use laptops or technology that belong to National Museums Liverpool
  • Connect using secure, private network connections, not public Wi-Fi or other lines that could be compromised
  • Provide a safe platform which only the booked group can access
  • Log in using one of the special accounts created by National Museums Liverpool for school workshops and never using a personal account
  • Have a waiting room/lobby to monitor who is joining.
  • Only run a workshop if at least one teacher from the school is present with pupils
  • Always have two museum staff present in every workshop
  • Ensure that workshops are streamed from a museum or gallery classroom or delivery space that has good lighting, using a suitable background that does not show personal items belonging to the facilitator
  • Dress professionally and act as suitable role models for young children
  • Have enhanced DBS checks
  • Ensure all their delivery teams are professionally trained and have extensive experience of delivering education programmes to the relevant key stages
  • End the meeting for all at the end of the session


Their staff will not:

  • Take into the workshop or use any personal mobile phones or devices
  • Record any live workshops, nor consent to being recorded by schools
  • Take or share any videos or photos of the workshops without prior agreed consent and the completion of parent consent forms
  • Engage in inappropriate conversations with children or young people or share inappropriate personal information about themselves or others
  • Discriminate favourably or unfavourably towards a child or young person
  • Undermine fundamental British values including democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Show disrespect towards students or teachers with different faiths, beliefs or from different cultures to their own
  • Ask for or use full names
  • Give personal contact details to children or young people or communicate outside of National Museums Liverpool using social media networks, email, or text


Managing behaviour:

  • Set clear expectations of behaviour at the start of the workshop and establish an agreed means for students to engage directly with the facilitator
  • It remains the responsibility of the teacher to manage students’ conduct throughout the workshop
  • All participants, including students, school and museum staff, will treat one another with respect, speaking with courtesy and abstaining from foul, abusive, racist or homophobic language or any inappropriate or suggestive comments
  • If a student is misbehaving the facilitator will pause delivery until the situation is settled by the teacher
  • If the group’s behaviour becomes disruptive, impeding the delivery of content, the facilitator has the right to end the workshop
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We regularly check that this information is the latest and most up to date version, however it is advised that you also contact the venue directly if you need any further information, or have a particular question or concern.

About National Museums Liverpool.

National Museums Liverpool, comprising eight museums and galleries in and around Liverpool, has a range of learning resources to support schools.

Their live virtual classrooms – which explore ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, Impressionism, Liverpool’s history, RMS Titanic and Transatlantic Slavery – allow you and your students to engage with National Museums Liverpool’s collections wherever you’re based. There are also educational resources available to use on their website.

National Museums Liverpool brings learning to life for students, using real artefacts and objects to tell fascinating stories about the world around us.