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

Life Drawing Workshop

£160 ex VAT Max 16 Pupils
Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, The Burrell Collection © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

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 (1880-1881) from the Burrell Collection and a 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

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, The Burrell Collection © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

GCSE Figure Drawing Workshop (2.5 hours)

£160 ex VAT Max 24

A -level Figure Drawing Workshop (4 hours)

£250 ex VAT Max 12
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy

Hockney at the Holburne!

Special Figure Drawing Workshop for GCSE & A Level students
02 November 2018 – 27 January 2019

A fantastic opportunity to take an in-depth look at David Hockney’s iconic work, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, before creating full-length figure portraits from a seated, clothed model in  an artist-led workshop.
A-level workshop
Inspired by the figure of Ossie Clark, this workshop will explore painting techniques for depicting a seated figure.
10am – 2.30pm (including 30 minute lunch break), maximum 12 students, £250 + VAT
GCSE workshop
Explore quick techniques for drawing full-length figures in both seated and standing poses.
2.5 hour workshop, maximum 24 students, £160 + VAT

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-71 David Hockney (b.1937) Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 120″ © David Hockney | Collection Tate, London 2018

the egg theatre Drama Workshop

£150 ex VAT Max 15
the egg theatre
Mrs Siddons (c) National Gallery

the egg @ the Holburne

This is a unique opportunity for your pupils to experience a drama workshop, led by experts from the egg theatre and taking inspiration from the Holburne’s exhibition Gainsborough & The Theatre which brings together portraits of the artist’s many celebrity friends.

Last Chance to Book!
Booking Deadline 30 November

Times available:

10am-12 noon & 1-3pm:

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Thursday 17 January 2019

Choose from:
• Introduction to drama (all ages)
• Characterisation (7+)
• Improvisation (7+)

Or contact Laura Knight to discuss how the workshop can be tailored to suit your needs: 01225 823499 .
Please note that all bookings should be made with the Holburne.
2 hour workshop, Maximum no:15, Cost: £150 + VAT (Exhibition visit and drama workshop).
Mrs Siddons, Thomas Gainsborough, 1785 © The National Gallery, London

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