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Bring your students to these fun and engaging Art & Design Workshops, which they can experience in-person or through an online platform.

Suitable for all Key Stages, these Art & Design Workshops explore a range of topics from brass rubbing and costume design to creative writing and drawing techniques.

Jump straight to our Art & Design Workshops.

Click on the quick links or find out more about each of the workshops below.

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Craft of Hearts Workshop

Jo is the artist in residence at the museum’s arts and crafts centre, offering activities and workshops for all ages. An excellent opportunity to make something to take home at the end of the day.

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience would be delighted to work with you to tailor your visit around the needs of your group. Mix and match activities to suit and do as many as you like!

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, History

Find out more about A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Craft of Hearts Workshop.

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Make a Miner’s Helmet Workshop

Use shapes and symmetry to make a helmet – don’t forget to take it home with you!

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience would be delighted to work with you to tailor your visit around the needs of your group. Mix and match activities to suit and do as many as you like!

Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, History

Find out more about A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Make a Miner’s Helmet Workshop.

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Rhondda Landscapes Workshop

A Welsh Coal Experience landscape is inspirational! Explore the styles, textures and tones used by local artists and interpret their relationships with the valley and create your own art styles.

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience would be delighted to work with you to tailor your visit around the needs of your group. Mix and match activities to suit and do as many as you like!

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Art & Design, History, Science

Find out more about A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Rhondda Landscapes Workshop.

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Rhondda Portraits Workshop

Explore art through the choice of colours, composition and light, and draw your own self-portrait.

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience would be delighted to work with you to tailor your visit around the needs of your group. Mix and match activities to suit and do as many as you like!

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Art & Design, History

Find out more about A Welsh Coal Mining Experience Rhondda Portraits Workshop.

Adventures in Art at the Walker Art Gallery KS1 Workshop

Specially designed for key stage 1, this workshop focuses on simple and fun art activities allowing students to discover the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. They will show students that the gallery is a space for interaction and creativity, helping to create a love of art that will last a lifetime.

The Walker Art Gallery team use items from their collections to encourage discussion and develop observational skills. Students will reflect on how art makes them feel and why they like, or dislike, a piece of art, making this a great way to support language development.

This workshop is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

Suitable for: KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Adventures in Art at the Walker Art Gallery KS1 Workshop.

Aerospace Bristol’s Journey Into Space Workshop (KS1)

Journey with Amelia Fox on her adventure into space. Help her pack her suitcase and learn more about the things that astronauts need in space, as well as how life in space is different from life on Earth. Learn what makes a good rocket as you make your very own paper rocket and launch it on a mission.

Suitable for: KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, Science

Find out more about Aerospace Bristol’s Journey Into Space Workshop (KS1).

Aerospace Bristol’s Story Time in Space Workshop (EYFS)

Learn about Baby Bear’s journey into space by reading and exploring ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. Help their very own Amelia Fox on her journey to the moon by packing her suitcase. Students will learn about what she will need to take with her, as well as how life in space is different from life on Earth. Make a pipette rocket and launch Amelia Fox to the Moon.

Suitable for: EYFS

Subjects: Art & Design, Science

Find out more about Aerospace Bristol’s Story Time in Space Workshop (EYFS).

Beat Goes On BBC Ten Pieces Workshop

The BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative aims to open up the world of classical music to children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music through composition, dance or digital art.

Beat Goes On is proud to be a BBC Ten Pieces Champion and to provide workshops and CPD that help schools and teachers to make the most of this inspiring repertoire.

Their workshops and CPD programmes for BBC Ten Pieces include:

– Body percussion workshop based on Anna Meredith’s ‘Connect It’
– Body percussion & Latin percussion workshops based on ‘Mambo’ from Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’
– Our BBC Ten Pieces workshops will allow pupils to explore and develop performance and composition skills.

These workshops are ideal for KS2-4, and have been developed with primary and secondary music teachers. They can easily be incorporated into schemes of work for the new GCSE music specifications.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Subjects: Art & Design, Dance, Music

Find out more about Beat Goes On BBC Ten Pieces Workshop.

Beat Goes On Junk Percussion Workshop

Whole school taster days
– Involve every child in your school
– Learn a range of rhythms including samba, hip-hop & drum’n’bass
– Children design & create their own percussion instruments
– Cross-curricular science link exploring sound & materials
– Create a musical buzz throughout the school!

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Subjects: Art & Design, Music

Find out more about Beat Goes On Junk Percussion Workshop.

Cogges Manor Farm’s Enchanted Cogges (Full Day) Workshop

This workshops aim is to provide a light hearted exploration of Cogges, using their imagination to find ‘fairies’, create woodland creatures and environmental art, plant seeds and build shelters.

This workshop was created at the request of a local school and they are now offering it out to other schools. Based around the idea of ‘fairies’ at Cogges this workshop looks at where fairies might live, creating a creature that might live alongside fairies, planting a seed, creating environmental art and a fairy shelter.

Learning outcomes:
Thinking about habitats and what different animals need to live
Understanding what plants need to grow
Creating imagery using found resources
Creating a structure using natural material
Creating a story of magical creatures at Cogges

 

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English, Maths, Science

Find out more about Cogges Manor Farm’s Enchanted Cogges (Full Day) Workshop.

Cogges Manor Farm’s Farming for Food (Full Day) Workshop

This workshops aim is to enhance the students’ understanding of farming and the provenance of healthy and environmentally sustainable food production. Considering how our choices impact the planet e.g. air miles and ethical choices that need to be made to feed an ever increasing population.

This is an in-depth programme delivering a 360-degree appreciation of bringing a farmed product to market. students are hands-on throughout the day and involved from the start of the farming process where they see where the produce is grown or reared, consider different produce that comes from a farm, prepare a product, design the packaging, and end the day with a final finished product which is market ready.

Learning outcomes:
– Develop a knowledge of farming systems and processes, both past and present.
– Know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared and processed.
– Appreciate the wide variety of issues that influence the decisions farmers make.
– Understand their own role as a consumer and reflect on their food decisions
– Think about how we can continue to feed an ever increasing population with the space and lad we have around us.

 

Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English, History, Maths, Science

Find out more about Cogges Manor Farm’s Farming for Food (Full Day) Workshop.

Cogges Manor Farm’s Stick Day (Half Day) Workshop

This workshops aim is to give younger students confidence in creativity. To look at specific books such as ‘Stanley’s Stick’ and ‘Stickman’ and to engage with them at a deeper level.

Immersing themselves in the idea that sticks can be anything, either focusing on Stanley’s Stick or Stickman (usually time of year dependent). Students will create shelters with sticks, learn about different sticks and create bread-sticks to take home. They will hunt hidden stick characters create their own and have fun with sticks. This is a creative workshop encouraging students to have fun outdoors. Including a special puppet surprise at the end!

Learning outcomes:
– Creating a stick creature
– Searching for hidden stick characters and spelling out a word
– Working together to create a stick shelter
– Creating bread-sticks, learning sticks come in many forms
– Measuring with sticks

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, Maths, PSHE, Science

Find out more about Cogges Manor Farm’s Stick Day (Half Day) Workshop.

Tour and Draw at the Walker Art Gallery Workshop

What is art? Who is an artist? This tour with a twist takes children on a journey through our gallery as we visit the highlights of their collection.

Students will discover that although the way art has been produced over the years has changed, the artist’s core role, to make and create in response to the world they live in, endures.

This workshop is a fantastic way to embed the value that art is for everyone.

Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Tour and Draw at the Walker Art Gallery Workshop.

Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Art Portfolio Workshop

This workshop is tailored to your topic or students’ interests; with over 3,000 objects in their unique Handling Collection, their Learning Officers will select a variety of artefacts for your students to sketch and photograph.

From traditional art and textiles from around the world to natural forms, students will have a fantastic opportunity to develop their still life sketching skills and form ideas and concepts around their own work. Students will have the chance to handle and closely study the objects, repositioning and arranging them as they choose, whilst exploring new textures and forms and being inspired by the stories behind them.

Please bring your sketchbooks and pencils with you.

This session is not available on a Tuesday.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Anthropology

Find out more about Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Art Portfolio Workshop.

Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Masks Around the World Workshop

Learn about the design, uses and cultural significance of masks as you try on a wonderful selection of masks from around the world in this hands-on workshop.

Discover the amazing stories told by masks: from the Mexican ‘Dance of the Old Men’ to the Indonesian tale of good and evil with Barong and Rangda. Explore how masks are constructed with their use in mind, from dancing to welding, and why the choice of material is so important. Discover some of the occasions that masks are worn for along with their cultural significance, and transform yourself by trying some of them on!

This workshop can be tailored to your topic; let them know if you are learning about masks from a particular region, or are interested in a particular element of their construction (such as mechanisms or materials). Students can also bring their sketchbooks for the opportunity to sketch their fantastic mask collection – just let them know when you make your booking.

The Horniman’s fantastic World Gallery is the perfect place to explore your topic further; on display are a stunning array of masks from around the world, ranging from Oceania to North America.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, Anthropology

Find out more about Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Masks Around the World Workshop.

Kelmscott Manor’s William Morris: Great Artist and Designer Workshop

Students will get up close with William Morris’s life and ideas as they explore his inspirational country home and learn about his relevance and influence today. They’ll become pattern detectives, artists, and makers as they follow in William Morris’s footsteps to design and print their own repeat patterns inspired by the environment around them.

Their workshops usually begin at 9.45am and finish at 2.15pm. Please get in touch if you have any time constraints – they will adjust the timings where possible. If you’d like to work with them on a longer project, speak to the Learning & Outreach Officer about how they can produce a programme of activities to take place onsite and in the classroom over a few weeks, a term, or even a full year.

Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, Fashion & Textiles, History

Find out more about Kelmscott Manor’s William Morris: Great Artist and Designer Workshop.

Kelmscott Manor’s William Morris: Inspired by Nature Workshop

In this creative session for KS1, students will learn all about William Morris and how his connection to nature inspired the things he designed and made. Students will delve into Morris’s life at Kelmscott Manor, explore his pattern-making, practise sketching in the gardens, and design and print their own repeat wallpapers.

Their sessions usually begin at 9.45am and finish at 2.15pm. Please get in touch if you have any time constraints – they will adjust the timings where possible. If you’d like to work with them on a longer project, speak to the Learning & Outreach Officer about how they can produce a programme of activities to take place onsite and in the classroom over a few weeks, a term, or even a full year.

Suitable for: KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, Fashion & Textiles, History

Find out more about Kelmscott Manor’s William Morris: Inspired by Nature Workshop.

Kelmscott Manor’s William Morris’s Beautiful Books Workshop

Art and design and literacy skills meet in this creative session inspired by the Kelmscott Press. Students will explore the house and the gardens, try their hand with a quill, and combine printmaking and creative writing to produce a book page in the style of William Morris.

For schools on an Artsmark journey and for those wanting to add another creative layer to their visit, for an additional £4 (which covers the cost of the certificates) students taking part in this session can gain an Arts Award Discover.

Their sessions usually begin at 9.45am and finish at 2.15pm. Please get in touch if you have any time constraints – they will adjust the timings where possible. If you’d like to work with them on a longer project, speak to the Learning & Outreach Officer about how they can produce a programme of activities to take place onsite and in the classroom over a few weeks, a term, or even a full year.

Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English, History

Find out more about Kelmscott Manor’s William Morris’s Beautiful Books Workshop.

Les Enfants Terribles’ Found Puppetry In-School Workshop

Build, create and animate with Les Enfant’s Terribles’ Found Puppetry workshop.

Working with recycled household materials, Les Enfants Terribles’ experienced puppetry practitioner will excite and entertain your students while teaching them the foundations of design, animation and puppet manipulation.

Easily sourced objects will be brought to life to help spark the creativity and playfulness students desire from drama lessons.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Subjects: Art & Design, Drama, English

Find out more about Les Enfants Terribles’ Found Puppetry In-School Workshop.

Les Enfants Terribles’ Found Puppetry Online Workshop

Build, create and animate with Les Enfant’s Terribles’ Found Puppetry workshop.

Working with recycled household materials, Les Enfants Terribles’ experienced puppetry practitioner will excite and entertain your students while teaching them the foundations of design, animation and puppet manipulation.

Easily sourced objects will be brought to life to help spark the creativity and playfulness students desire from drama lessons.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5

Subjects: Art & Design, Drama, English

Find out more about Les Enfants Terribles’ Found Puppetry Online Workshop.

Les Enfants Terribles’ Storytelling with Puppets: Primary In-School Workshop

An excellent introduction to the world of puppetry and how it can be used to bring stories to life.

Using recycled household materials, our experienced puppetry practitioner will help your students build their puppets, bring them to life and create their own imaginative stories.

Specifically designed for Primary aged children, this workshop provides a wonderful introduction to storytelling and performance skills that build their confidence and creativity.

Tailored to the levels and abilities within your class, this session links to various subjects, including Art & Design, English and Drama.

After the workshop, your students will get to keep their new puppet, giving them a chance to build their stories and skills back in the classroom and at home.

This workshop can be split into 1 hour slots between different classes and year groups.

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, Drama, English, Early Years

Find out more about Les Enfants Terribles’ Storytelling with Puppets: Primary In-School Workshop.

Museum of Brands’ Brand Evolution Challenge Workshop

Students will learn about the purpose of packaging and the development of supermarket brands from Victorian times to the present day. After undertaking research from the Museum’s collection, students work in groups to improve packaging designs in relation to consumer habits and market trends.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Subjects: Art & Design, Business

Find out more about Museum of Brands’ Brand Evolution Challenge Workshop.

Museum of Brands’ Chocolate Packaging Design Workshop

A creative design workshop which introduces students to the purpose of packaging before asking them to create their own chocolate bar products. Students conduct market research using objects from the collection before creating chocolate packaging designs targeted to a specific audience.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English, Maths

Find out more about Museum of Brands’ Chocolate Packaging Design Workshop.

Museum of Brands’ Consumer History Workshop

Featuring consumer items from over 150 years of British consumer history, learners are split into groups to work together as detective historians to explore the materiality, imagery, and narrative of objects. This session enables students to use consumer history as a tool to understand chronological social history.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, History, PSHE

Find out more about Museum of Brands’ Consumer History Workshop.

Museum of Brands’ Customer Profiling Workshop

Students discover how and why brands develop a customer profile. While working on a given product, students produce an in-depth profile of both its typical customer and an alternative customer. Students then create posters to compare the needs of these different markets, thus improving their understanding of how a brand might position itself.

Suitable for: KS4, KS5, Higher

Subjects: Art & Design, Business, PSHE

Find out more about Museum of Brands’ Customer Profiling Workshop.

Museum of Brands’ Gender in Advertising Workshop

This workshop focuses on the construction of gender roles and encourages learners to be critically aware of the social and ethical impacts of design and advertising throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Students produce a poster for a product that demonstrates an increased awareness of gender stereotypes in the media.

Suitable for: Higher

Subjects: Art & Design, PSHE

Find out more about Museum of Brands’ Gender in Advertising Workshop.

Museum of Brands’ Graphic Design & Packaging Workshop

Similar to the Brand Evolution Challenge, this creative workshop encourages students to think about how packaging graphics have changed over the years and how graphics are used to communicate key messages to the consumer. Students work in groups to improve on the graphics of a current UK product.

Suitable for: KS4, KS5, Higher

Subjects: Art & Design, Business

Find out more about Museum of Brands’ Graphic Design & Packaging Workshop.

Museum of Liverpool’s Best Buildings Workshop

The Museum of Liverpool’s Best Buildings workshop will encourage students to get creative and develop observational skills in a fun and safe environment.

Students will be encouraged to look closely at ‘The Liverpool Cityscape’ painting and will be asked if they recognise features within the painting including buildings. Additional questioning focuses on colours, patterns, shapes, sounds that might be heard and how students feel about the painting.

Students will be inspired by Ben Johnson’s ‘The Liverpool Cityscape’ painting and the iconic buildings of Liverpool to create a collage to take back to school.

Suitable for: KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, English, Geography, History

Find out more about Museum of Liverpool’s Best Buildings Workshop.

Portraits Through Time at the Walker Art Gallery Workshop

A picture paints a thousand words. So what can a portrait tell us about the person and the time they lived in?

This workshop will give students the opportunity to discuss and observe some of the greatest portrait artists in history and will inspire them to create their own perfect-for-them portraits back in the class.

Suitable for: KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English, History

Find out more about Portraits Through Time at the Walker Art Gallery Workshop.

Roald Dahl Museum Crafting Characters Workshop

Discover how Roald Dahl found his ideas for creating characters from real life. Explore the galleries, dress up for inspiration and make your own character in their interactive Story Centre using pictures of eyes from Roald Dahl’s archive.

You can combine all their workshops with their self-led Village Trail which will allow you to explore Great Missenden and its connections with Roald Dahl.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English, History

Find out more about Roald Dahl Museum Crafting Characters Workshop.

Roald Dahl Museum Unlocking Ideas Workshop

Get creative in their interactive Story Centre to collect ideas for a class Ideas Book. Explore the galleries to find out about Roald Dahl’s inspiration for the worlds of Charlie, James and Fantastic Mr Fox. Plus discover the author’s own Ideas Book!

You can combine all their workshops with their self-led Village Trail which will allow you to explore Great Missenden and its connections with Roald Dahl.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2

Subjects: Art & Design, English, History

Find out more about Roald Dahl Museum Unlocking Ideas Workshop.

Roald Dahl Museum’s Livestream Creative Characters Workshop

Bring the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and their experts right into your classroom!

Your session leader will connect you directly to the Museum through a mix of pre-recorded films in and around their galleries, live presentation, and facilitated activities using pre-delivered resources for your class to do with them.

Discover the different ways that Roald Dahl found ideas for his characters before using two of these techniques to start creating your very own. Perfect for Years 2-4 and Years 5-8.

Included in the cost of a Livestream session are:
– all learning materials needed in a downloadable Resource Pack
– a downloadable pre and post session Activities Pack
– a downloadable Roald Dahl FAQ poster
– a 20 minute tech test on a day prior to your session to test your tech and discuss any logistics for the day
– 10 minutes of set up time just ahead of your session start time to help avoid delays in beginning your session

You don’t need to be a Wonka tech wizard to enjoy this experience with your class! They will guide you through the process to make setting up your session as straightforward as possible.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3

Subjects: Art & Design, English, History

Find out more about Roald Dahl Museum’s Livestream Creative Characters Workshop.

Seven Stories’ Nature and Seasons EYFS Workshop

Explore the wonder of nature through rhyme and poetry in this imaginative and immersive workshop that will inspire a love of the world around us as well as the magic of the written word. Inspired by Elizabeth Hammill’s (founder of Seven Stories) treasury of nursery rhymes, Over the Hills and Far Way, this session connects us to our literary past as well as introducing poetry as another form of storytelling and expression.

Seven Stories understand that early years education is the foundation of a child’s future development. It is in these formative years that a lifelong love of learning is developed and nurtured. Seven Stories is here to support teachers and educators by developing an educational programme that not only encourages a love of reading but supports critical thinking, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language skills. Seven Stories will help to build confidence, resilience and perseverance using a range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction, role-play, rhymes and poems.

Suitable for: EYFS

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Seven Stories’ Nature and Seasons EYFS Workshop.

Seven Stories’ Nature and Seasons KS1 Workshop

Explore the wonder of nature through rhyme and poetry in this imaginative and immersive workshop that will inspire a love of the world around us as well as the magic of the written word. Inspired by Elizabeth Hammill’s (founder of Seven Stories) treasury of nursery rhymes, Over the Hills and Far Way, this session connects us to our literary past as well as introducing poetry as another form of storytelling and expression.

Seven Stories understand that early years education is the foundation of a child’s future development. It is in these formative years that a lifelong love of learning is developed and nurtured. Seven Stories is here to support teachers and educators by developing an educational programme that not only encourages a love of reading but supports critical thinking, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language skills. Seven Stories will help to build confidence, resilience and perseverance using a range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction, role-play, rhymes and poems.

Suitable for: KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Seven Stories’ Nature and Seasons KS1 Workshop.

Seven Stories’ Rosie’s Walk EYFS Workshop

In this classic tale of ‘overcoming the monster’, join Rosie on a stroll through the farmyard and discover just how brave one little chicken can be! Will Rosie make it back home to the safety of her cosy straw nest or will Fox finally catch her? Learn all about the life of chickens down on the farm in this engaging interactive storytelling workshop. With our chicken-expert Story Catchers, you’ll look at the life cycle of an egg, what chickens eat and where they live, and we’ll work together to build our own giant nest!

Seven Stories understand that early years education is the foundation of a child’s future development. It is in these formative years that a lifelong love of learning is developed and nurtured. Seven Stories is here to support teachers and educators by developing an educational programme that not only encourages a love of reading but supports critical thinking, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language skills. Seven Stories will help to build confidence, resilience and perseverance using a range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction, role-play, rhymes and poems.

Suitable for: EYFS

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Seven Stories’ Rosie’s Walk EYFS Workshop.

Seven Stories’ Rosie’s Walk KS1 Workshop

In this classic tale of ‘overcoming the monster’, join Rosie on a stroll through the farmyard and discover just how brave one little chicken can be! Will Rosie make it back home to the safety of her cosy straw nest or will Fox finally catch her? Learn all about the life of chickens down on the farm in this engaging interactive storytelling workshop. With our chicken-expert Story Catchers, you’ll look at the life cycle of an egg, what chickens eat and where they live, and we’ll work together to build our own giant nest!

Seven Stories understand that early years education is the foundation of a child’s future development. It is in these formative years that a lifelong love of learning is developed and nurtured. Seven Stories is here to support teachers and educators by developing an educational programme that not only encourages a love of reading but supports critical thinking, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language skills. Seven Stories will help to build confidence, resilience and perseverance using a range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction, role-play, rhymes and poems.

Suitable for: KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Seven Stories’ Rosie’s Walk KS1 Workshop.

Seven Stories’ The Wombles EYFS Workshop

The Wombles – the original eco-warriors – are coming to the Ouseburn! Discover how the author Elisabeth Beresford hoped that her stories would encourage children to fight pollution and think up ways to ‘make good use of bad rubbish’. In this workshop we’ll look at how we can help fight climate change and what rubbish we can use for good, as well as heading out around the Ouseburn Valley together to see how we can help look after our urban environment and discuss what we could do to improve it.

Seven Stories understand that early years education is the foundation of a child’s future development. It is in these formative years that a lifelong love of learning is developed and nurtured. Seven Stories is here to support teachers and educators by developing an educational programme that not only encourages a love of reading but supports critical thinking, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language skills. Seven Stories will help to build confidence, resilience and perseverance using a range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction, role-play, rhymes and poems.

Suitable for: EYFS

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Seven Stories’ The Wombles EYFS Workshop.

Seven Stories’ The Wombles KS1 Workshop

The Wombles – the original eco-warriors – are coming to the Ouseburn! Discover how the author Elisabeth Beresford hoped that her stories would encourage children to fight pollution and think up ways to ‘make good use of bad rubbish’. In this workshop we’ll look at how we can help fight climate change and what rubbish we can use for good, as well as heading out around the Ouseburn Valley together to see how we can help look after our urban environment and discuss what we could do to improve it.

Seven Stories understand that early years education is the foundation of a child’s future development. It is in these formative years that a lifelong love of learning is developed and nurtured. Seven Stories is here to support teachers and educators by developing an educational programme that not only encourages a love of reading but supports critical thinking, personal, social and emotional development and communication and language skills. Seven Stories will help to build confidence, resilience and perseverance using a range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction, role-play, rhymes and poems.

Suitable for: KS1

Subjects: Art & Design, English

Find out more about Seven Stories’ The Wombles KS1 Workshop.

St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Brass Rubbing

St Albans Cathedral’s Art & Craft activity – Brass Rubbing for your students.

The Cathedral is home to many Medieval Brasses, including the stunning brass of Thomas De La Mare and, in this workshop, students have the chance to explore some of them before making a brass rubbing of their own.

At the end of each workshop, all students will have produced a piece of art to take back to school with them.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help students develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Brass Rubbing.

St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Clay Tiles

St Albans Cathedral’s Art & Craft activity – Clay Tiles for your students.

The Cathedral has been full of clay tiles since the Medieval times and, drawing inspiration from the signs, symbols and architecture in the building, this workshop gives students a chance to create one of their own.

At the end of each workshop, all students will have produced a piece of art to take back to school with them.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help students develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Clay Tiles.

St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Illuminated Lettering

St Albans Cathedral’s Art & Craft activity – Illuminated Lettering for your students.

In Medieval times, many illuminated manuscripts were produced in St Albans Monastery. In this workshop, students learn about the skills, techniques and materials used to make these, before creating an illuminated letter of their own.

At the end of each workshop, all students will have produced a piece of art to take back to school with them.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help students develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Illuminated Lettering.

St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Roman Mosaics

St Albans Cathedral’s Art & Craft activity – Roman Mosaics for your students.

Alban would have been very familiar with the mosaics of Roman Verulamium and, having looked at examples of some of these, this workshop gives students the chance to create an example of their own.

At the end of each workshop, all students will have produced a piece of art to take back to school with them.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help students develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Roman Mosaics.

St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Stained Glass

St Albans Cathedral’s Art & Craft activity – Stained Glass for your students.

The Cathedral is full of stained glass, from Nativity windows in the Lady Chapel to the awe-inspiring Rose Window in the North Transept. Having explored and learnt about some of these, students then have a chance to make a window of their own.

At the end of each workshop, all students will have produced a piece of art to take back to school with them.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help students develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Art & Craft Activity Stained Glass.

St Albans Cathedral Nursery and Early Years Art & Craft Activities

St Albans Cathedral’s activities for Nursery and Early Years students.

The Cathedral is full of beautiful arts and crafts. They run two workshops that draw inspiration from this, Clay Tiles and Stained Glass Windows. At the end of each workshop, all your students will have produced a piece of art to take back to school with them.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and costumes to help students develop their learning, whilst most workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: EYFS

Subjects: Art & Design, Early Years

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Nursery and Early Years Art & Craft Activities.

St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years Art & Craft Activities

St Albans Cathedral’s Art & Craft activities for Secondary Year students.

The beautiful Cathedral is full of, and has inspired, art and craft for hundreds of years, and they run a variety of workshops which draw inspiration from this. These include Clay Tiles, Roman Mosaics, Brass Rubbing and Illuminated Lettering. At the end of each workshop, all students will have produced a piece of art to take back to school with them.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help students develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, History, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years Art & Craft Activities.

St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years History Activities

St Albans Cathedral’s History activities for Secondary Year students.

The story of St Albans starts almost 2000 years ago with the Romans, and there are a number of trails and workshops which explore the different periods of history since then, both on a local and national level. St Albans trails include topics on Alban and the Romans, as well as Medieval history, such as Pilgrimage, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Black Death, Monastic Life and the Peasants Revolt.

They have a number of art and craft workshops to accompany these too, including Roman Mosaics, Medieval Clay Tiles, Illuminated Lettering and Brass Rubbing.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help pupils develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, History, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years History Activities.

St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years PSHE Activities

St Albans Cathedral’s PSHE activities for Secondary Year students.

Why not bring your pupils to explore themes from the PSHE Curriculum using the Cathedrals Labyrinth? Walking the Labyrinth in this awe-inspiring setting is a peaceful and reflective journey, with activity stations along the way to encourage pupils to think about their place in the world, and what peace means to them as individuals and the wonder community.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help pupils develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, PSHE, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years PSHE Activities.

St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years Religious Education Activities

St Albans Cathedral’s Religious Education activities for Secondary Year students.

The Cathedral is used as a place of Christian worship every day of the year, but why was it built, how is it used and what do Christians believe? St Albans Cathedral as a Place of Worship trail explore these questions and more in an interactive and engaging way. At Christmas and Easter they also run seasonal activities to explore these major Christian festivals.

They can also organise sessions based on Religion and Ethics, which can include a Q&A with a member of the Cathedral clergy.

To accompany these activities, they also run a number of art and craft workshops, including Clay Tiles and Brass Rubbing.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help pupils develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, History, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral Secondary Years Religious Education Activities.

St Albans Cathedral’s Journey to the Cross Exhibition

Exhibiting over 14 paintings, as well as sculptures and videos, Peter Walker’s work adorns towns and cities nationally and internationally.

This exhibition takes a look at the contemporary interpretation of the Journey to the Cross, including new and innovative ways and means of exploring the suffrage, hope and message behind each of the traditional stages of the journey of Christ to the Cross, as well as the resurrection. Incorporating painting, sculpture, and audiovisual/projection artwork, the exhibition was designed as though walking through the artists’ studio and allowing the visitor to feel as though they are seeing the artworks develop.

Suitable for upper Key Stage 2 and Secondary pupils and led by the St Albans Cathedral Artist in Residence, schools can book a special 90-minute workshop centred around the exhibition. The workshop would include:

  • A guided tour of the exhibition
  • A comparative look at the Cathedrals artwork, including the medieval wall paintings
  • An opportunity for children to respond artistically to the exhibition

Shorter, self-guided sessions are also available.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Subjects: Art & Design, History, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral’s Journey to the Cross Exhibition.

St Albans Cathedral’s Maths Trails

St Albans Cathedral’s Maths Trails, for your students during your visit.

Drawing inspiration from the Cathedral building, we have a number of activities that develop skills in Maths, ranging from 2D and 3D shape, measuring and pattern & symmetry. For EYFS and Key Stage 1, their Buckets Full of Shape & Colour and Shape & Measure trails are best suited, whilst for Key Stage 2 and 3, their Maths trail is ideal. To compliment these, their Stained Glass and Clay Tile workshops are perfect.

Most schools combine two activities, usually a trail and a workshop, to make a whole day of their visit. Trails include drama and artefacts to help students develop their learning, whilst workshops allow them to create a piece of artwork to take home at the end of the visit.

Suitable for: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Subjects: Art & Design, Maths, Religious Studies

Find out more about St Albans Cathedral’s Maths Trails.

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