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

Rock, Paper, Scissors

24 November 2015 – 24 January 2016 (Exhibition opens 24 October)

GCSE & A level  Workshop: 2 hours  Max 16 pupils  £100 + VAT 

Discover sculpture in the Holburne from eighteenth century
works in bronze and marble to Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima’s
intricate floating three dimensional sculpture cut by hand from a
single sheet of paper. Students will create individual
works in paper which will form part of a larger class installation.
To find out more about the artist visit

To book please call Vanessa on 01225 388568 or email


Self-led visits are also available to the following forthcoming exhibitions;
booking is still essential. Please call 01225 388568 to book.

16 and under – Free; older students – £4;
1 tutor free per 10 students

Gold.  An exhibition from the Royal Collection

24 October 2015 – 24 January 2016

Michael Eden: History Re-printed

21 November 2015 – 21 February 2016

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.

Special lantern making workshops

Develop your design and 3D construction skills, working with willow, tissue paper and LED lights to create an impressive ‘figurehead’ lantern. Then take part in an inspirational event in the heart of the city – the Holburne Lantern Procession on Thursday 19 November (see p for further details).

Monday 2 November – designing ideas

Monday 9 November – willow construction

Monday 16 November – embellishment

Optional Extra – Saturday 7 November (10.30am– 3.30pm, £25) - specialist skills workshop with a willow artist.


7 December (late finish – 6pm)

Special Portfolio Group celebration

Visit to Gold exhibition and Christmas crafting.


11 January

Paper Cuts

Be inspired by the amazing work of Japanese paper cut artist Nahoko Kojima (installed in our Wirth Gallery).



25 January

Handmade Paper

Learn the art of papermaking.


8 February

New Year: New Art Book

Simple book-binding to create a beautiful small sketchbook using your hand-made paper.

To book email or call 01225 388568.


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

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