Secondary Schools and Further Education

Home Learning Secondary Schools and Further Education
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.
The Holburne Museum is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

If you’re working towards or considering Artsmark please see further information

Still Life Masterclass

£160 ex VAT Max 32 Pupils
Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) The Auriol and Dashwood Families (detail) Oil on canvas, about 1783-7 ©The Holburne Museum, on long-term loan from the Dashwood Family

KS3, GCSE and A level
Still Life Masterclass

To accompany the exhibition:
Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses

Until Friday 29 June 2018

This workshop will focus on painting skills and techniques to capture the unique surface qualities of different materials. Inspiration will be taken from the exquisite Still Life paintings of 17th century Dutch masters and the Made for the Table installation of contemporary silver from the Goldsmith’s Collection, with specially commissioned Still Life photograph.

Students will:

  • Visit the exhibition Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces and the Holburne’s own collection of Still life paintings to observe close-hand the quality of painting and techniques used.
  • Develop their technical painting skills through a tutored observational painting session working from beautiful Dutch still-life compositions.

£160 + VAT 2 hour session
Maximum 32 pupils

Life Drawing Workshop

£160 ex VAT Max 32 Pupils

Coming soon

Special Life Drawing workshops for GCSE & A Level students

To accompany the exhibition:
Rodin: rethinking the fragment

2 November 2018 – 27 January 2019

A British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan
Generously supported by The Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe

An amazing opportunity to take inspiration from 2 iconic sculptures: Rodin’s The Thinker (1881-1882) from the Burrell Collection and Torso from a marble statuette of Venus from the British Museum’s Department of Greece and Rome.

These god-like fragments, these marbles more than two thousand years old, talk to me louder, and move me more than living beings.” (A. Rodin, 1910).

This workshop will explore the connection between classical fragments, modern figurative sculpture and drawing from life. We’ll use the idea of the ‘fragment’ to develop life drawings that focus on the essence of a pose.

Students will:

  • Extend their observational drawing skills through a fully tutored life drawing session
  • Develop a deeper understanding of art history and the influence of classical antiquity on later art forms

Standard 2 hour Life Drawing workshops can be booked at any time (subject to availability).
£160 + VAT  2 hour workshop

Maximum 16 pupils

Rosamund Sargent, Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Oil on canvas, 1749, 79.9X63.2cm. Bequest of Sir Orme Sargent, 1962

Permanent Collection and Temporary Exhibitions

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 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.

Self-led visits are also available, booking is still essential. Please call 01225 388568 to book.

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

To Discuss or to Book
Contact us 01225 388568 or email

Picture Credits

Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) The Auriol and Dashwood Families (detail)
Oil on canvas, about 1783-7
©The Holburne Museum, on long-term loan from the Dashwood Family.