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

Gwen John to Lucian Freud: Home and the World

Workshops for Term 4, 5 and 6     KS3, GSCE, A level
A fantastic opportunity for your students to see paintings and drawings by Britain’s best known modern artists including Lucian Freud, Gwen John and Howard Hodgkin.

From striking portraits to reclining nudes and Pop Art interiors, this exhibition celebrates the response of our greatest artists to the extraordinary changes witnessed in 20th century Britain.

We’re taking bookings now for School Workshops (2hrs)

  • Guided ‘draw and talk’ research in exhibition
  • Practical art workshop – students will create their own mixed-media photo montages, combining their research ideas to produce a final Pop Art piece inspired by Richard Hamilton’s iconic interior.

Exhibition Gwen John to Lucian Freud: Home and the World

28 February – 7 June 2015      

workshops available: Tuesday – Thursday
2 hour workshop (10am-12 noon or 1-3pm)

£100 + VAT    

Max. no. 32

Please call Vanessa on 01225 388568 or email


Mondays 4.00 for a 4.15pm start-5.30pm
Portfolio Group for 14 – 18 year olds £9 per session

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.

13 April

Expressive Portraits: Create a self-portrait based on the wonderful work of Lucien Freud and Gwen John (showing in our exhibition, Home and the World)

27 April

Designs in Miniature: Be inspired by our collection of intricate ivory netsuke


18 May

Playing with Light: Experiment with photograms using light to create beautiful images


8 June

Print Perfection (part 1): Learn how to make a collagraph printing plate


22 June

Print Perfection (part 2): Create a series of prints using your plate and a mangle printing press!

To book or for further information: Call

01225 388568 or email


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


Visit Planning notes
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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

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