Key Stages 1 and 2 | The Victoria Art Gallery

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Key Stages 1 and 2

Don't just study art - make it! Explore our art and history sessions for schools.

Key Stage 1

1-hour and 90-minute interactive sessions based on the National Curriculum are held at the Victoria Art Gallery. Pupils will be encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills in whole class, small groups and by individual work.

Autumn Colours
Explore the autumn landscape looking at our paintings of Britain’s fields and trees. Make a mini-sketchbook and create autumn pictures using pastels and watercolours.

Monsters Makers
Investigate our special exhibition and make a moving monster using card and colour. 

Plasticine People
Take a lesson with the inventor of Plasticine, William Harbutt. Find out about his life, and his invention of Plasticine. Try a range of ways of using Plasticine to make a 3D sculpture. A special session combining history and art.

Download a Teachers' Pack here.

Key Stage 2

 

Autumn Landscapes
See paintings by artists from the past 300 years.  Enjoy making a 3D biome to celebrate autumn and find out how artists show our landscape and the natural world.

Myths and Monsters
Myths and legends feature many well-known monsters. Explore our special exhibition and create a mythical monster that will star in your creative writing and make a folding story book.

Face to Face
Use ink and watercolour to create a portrait and explore our portrait collection of paintings, pottery and sculpture.

Face to Face with the Greeks
Investigate and sketch the Parthenon frieze. Explore original Greek objects and find out more about Ancient Greek art and architecture. Children will create a bold design using faces from Greek art and mythology. They will use ideas from the Gallery's displays of paintings and ceramics. 

Creating landscapes
Enjoy our special exhibition using paper creatively. Investigate British Landscapes and create imaginary scenes using magazines, textures and 'torn' paper. Choose a country landscape, city scene or streetscape.

How to design an exhibition
Find out how galleries work: explore displays from a new, expert view point and design a poster for an exhibition. Watch the video below before your session.

Each time a new exhibition is opened at the Victoria Art Gallery we have planned each step in the process. In this video you will see behind the scenes and find out how we create new exhibitions.

There is a time lapse section at the end of the video which shows the hard work that goes on when changing over our exhibitions. This takes place normally in 5 days but here it takes just a few seconds!

Download a Teachers' Pack for Key Stages 1 and 2 here.

Our activities support the EYFS framework.