Secondary Schools and Further Education

Home Learning Secondary Schools and Further Education

Our stunning collection is a great way to expose students to a broad range of media: paintings, portrait miniatures, sculpture, ceramics, silver and textiles. We’re renowned for our eighteenth century paintings by such famous artists as Gainsborough, Ramsay, Stubbs, Raeburn and Zoffany. Students can broaden their knowledge and find endless inspiration for their own portfolios.

We also have a programme of high profile temporary exhibitions, often drawing on national and international collections, plus interventions by contemporary artists and can offer workshops linked to these. Please see Secondary School & Further Education News for details of these and other programmes that we can offer your students.

Please call to discuss how we might tailor a workshop to meet your requirements. We can also arrange life drawing sessions at the Museum for your students.

Our workshops can also be adapted for small groups of pupils with special educational needs, giving added emphasis to sensory experience.

Secondary School & College News

Confected, Borrowed and Blue…An installation by Paul Scott
1 November – 18 January 2015

An opportunity to see contemporary ceramics: where art meets politics!

Fighter jets, gridlocked traffic, factory buildings, barbed wire – in Paul Scott’s hands, domestic ceramics mutate into subversive comments on our life and times.

Scott blurs the boundaries between past and present, referencing traditional blue and white table ware, such as the internationally recognisable willow pattern. He explores controversial topics such as contemporary slavery, the Foot and Mouth crisis of 2007 and fracking.

Workshops available: 25 November – 15 January 2015
2 hour workshops (10-12 or 1-3pm) £100 + VAT

A 2 hour taught workshop exploring Paul Scott’s installation in our Davidson Gallery.
Students will create their own updated plate designs inspired by the relationships between old and new, traditional and contemporary and the subversion of established traditions. At the end of the session each student will take away their own willow pattern plate!

Self-led visits are free but should be booked in advance.

Mondays 4.15-5.30pm
Portfolio Group for 14 – 18 year olds NEW! £9

A fortnightly session (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for young people who are studying Art at GSCE/ A level or have an interest in developing their skills and discovering new techniques outside school.  The group will use the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions to inspire and develop new work or add to their existing coursework portfolios.

To book email or call 01225 388568.

12 January
Pattern Heaven– take inspiration from our ceramics collection to create pattern designs using a range of media

26 January
Your Choice – choose an inspirational object from the collection and create your own response

9 February
Drawing Big – the chance to work on a large scale!

23 February
Paint Works – get to grips with acrylic paints and discover different techniques

Please see Visit Guidelines for further information to help plan your visit.


Visit Planning notes
Hazard Identification Guidelines

Exhibitions Coming Soon
Please check our exhibition pages or call us for further details – 01225 388568

To Discuss or to Book
Contact us 01225 388568 or email

Learning News

Plants please!

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Record Breaking Numbers at Half Term Drop in

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