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Michael James Kidner (1917-2009), Multiple. Silkscreen on Perspex, 1965

Op Art Sixth Form Study Session

£5 per student

Maximum 10 students per school

Coming soon:

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception
Roper Gallery
Friday 20 October 2017 to 21 January 2018

Op Art: Where Art Meets Science & Maths
Sixth Form Study Session

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Open to all Y12/13 students but may be of particular interest to those studying Art, Psychology or Maths.
£5 per student. Limited Places available (max 10 students per school).
The Holburne Museum and the University of Bath have joined forces to offer your sixth formers a unique, cross-curricular opportunity to explore the science and maths behind ‘Op art’.This event will complement the exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception (20 October 2017 to 21 January 2018) – exploring one of the most exciting threads of art history of the past 150 years. Discover how Op Art stimulates and confounds our visual perceptions, creating mentally challenging, spatially disorientating and interactive illusions.

  • have introductory short talks on the history of the Op art movement and the psychology, neuroscience and maths behind art and illusion.
  • visit the exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception which includes works by Georges Seurat, Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely
  • rotate between stations with practical activities and demonstrations exploring the science and maths behind Op art.

Picture credit: Michael Kidner, Multiple 1965, Silkscreen on Perspex, 70 x 35 x 8.5 cm © Michael Kidner Art Ltd, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London & New York

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