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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.

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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).

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.