The Wallace Collection offers a wide range of specifically designed education sessions for primary school groups. All sessions are free of charge and led by trained and enthusiastic artists and educators. Pupils engage with works of art in the galleries and take part in a range of activities, which can include looking, handling, drawing, discussion and making.
Year round sessions can be booked at any time when the galleries and educators are available. Please refer to the Schools brochure or below for timings of dated sessions. All sessions are designed for one class of up to 30 pupils. School sessions are available Monday - Thursday.
We also offer a range of free eLearning resources for teachers to use with their class.
"The practical activities including the children dressing up and playing with props made for a fabulous session! They particulary enjoyed the multi-sensory element"
"The children were immersed in the subject matter and asked to participate through acting and language"
Off We Go! For Our Youngest Visitors
1 Hour. Supports Art and Design, English, History. All year round session
Pupils will go on a journey of discovery in this lively introduction to the Wallace Collection. Find gorgeous gold boxes, paintings and porcelain in this beautiful treasure-house. This session inlcudes observation, role-play, dressing-up, simple making activities and storytelling.
My First Visit
1 1/2 hours. Supports Art and Design, English, History. All year round session (also suitable for Key Stage 1)
A fun 'talk and draw' session for our younger visitors. Pupils will be introduced to a museum in an historic house and will learn to look at art and armour. In this interactive session pupils will try on some replica armour, and talk about and draw from the works of art.
Key Stage 1
Children and Families in the Past
1 1/2 hours. Supports Citizenship, History, Art and Design. All year round session.
Explore the differences and connections between the lives of children today by looking at historic objects and paintings of domestice life. This interactive workshop involves dressing up, role play and drawing.
Key Stage 1 & 2
1 1/2 hours. Supports Art and Design, History, English. All year round session
Explore portraits by Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Hals. Look at how children and adults have been painted over the centuries, try on replica costumes and pose like the sitters. Pupils will work with an artist in fornt of the portraits to learn the basic principles of drawing a face which will help them create self-portratis back at school.
How to Look at Paintings: Objects and Meanings
1 1/2 hours. Supports Art and Design, English. All year round session
Pupils will lear how to understand different paintings by looking at portraits, allegorical and still life paintings by some of the greatest artists in the world. A lively session including observational drawing and handling objects.
Landscapes and Seascapes
1 1/2 hours. Supports Art and Design, English. All year round session.
Pupils will learn the basic principles of landscape painting, including perspective, examine and discuss views of the countryside and sea and develop vocabulary. Inspired by paintings by Rubens, Canaletto and van de Velde, they will create their own fabulous landscape.
Play with Words - NEW!
1 1/2 hours. Supports English (speaking and listening)
A lively and interactive exploration of this magnificent treasure house with a published children's author. Pupils will enjoy the opportunity to engage with precious paintings and objects through looking, wordplay and object handling. They will enrich their vocabulary and develop speaking and listening skills as a way into writing with imagination and flair. Teachers' Notes can be downloaded here
Key Stage 2
Choose Your Words: Inspiration for Creative Writing
1 1/2 hours for Years 3/4 and 2 hours for Years 5/6. Supports English. All year round session.
Children will tour this magnificent treasure house with a published children's author and respond to some of the rare and precious paintings and objects on view. They will write some short pieces to enhance vocabulary and description and to create and build characters. These pieces can be developed and polished at school. You can choose one of three topics for your tour. Teaching resources for each topic can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
Classical Myths: Gods, Heroes and Monsters
1 1/2 hours. Supports English, History, Art and Design. All year round session
Come face-to-face with Hercules, Perseus and Apollo, characters from Greek and Roman myths whose stories are told in paintings, sculptures, furniture and ceramics! Find our how these stories have inspired artists through the ages and finish with some observational drawing.
Knight or Foot Soldier: A Soldier's lige in Tudor Times: Hands-On Armour Session
1 1/2 hours. Supports English, Science (Materials and their Properties), Art and Design and Design Technology. All year round session
Why did less than a third of an army in Tudor Times fight wearing full plate-armour? How did armour develop through the ages? And who was Robert Dudley? Your pupils will discover how different ranks of the Tudor army protected themselves in battle, look at Tudor portraits and investigate the purpose, materilas, production and style of armour from this period through handling and trying on original armour and modern body protection.
Investigating Patterns: Printmaking Workshop
10.30am - 12.30pm. Supports Art and Design, Mathmatics. Dated Session: 18, 19, 23, 26 September, 9, 10 December 2013, 26, 27 February, 19, 20 May, 25, 26 June, 7 July 2014
Come and explore the many different patterns which decorate the beautiful furniture, gilt staircase, ceilings and floors of this palatial home. Discuss regular and irregular patterns and then draw your own shape, turn it into a printing block and use it to make your own designs by printing it in different combinations. This workshop involves messy materials
Talking Textiles! Screenprinting Workshop
3 1/2 hours, including lunchtime (please bring a packed lunch). Supports English, Art and Design. Dated session: 25, 26, 27, 28 November 2013, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 May 2014
During this fun day-long storymaking workshop pupils will listen to stories and make drawings inspired by works of art. In the afternoon they will turn their drawings into a screen-print story picture. This workshop involves messy materials.
Black History Month: Meet the Young Archer
1 1/2 hours. Supports English, Drama, History, Geography, PHSE. Dated session: 21, 22, 23, 24 October 2013
Visit the Collection in the company of the Young Archer, a black man from the Dutch Golen Age of the 17th century. Pupils will learn about the painting in which he appears and the differing perceptions of black people held at the time. They will also learn how the Netherlands became one of the richest countries in Europe through their role in the spice - and slave - trades.
All Things Light and Beautiful: Colour and Painting Workshop
3 1/2 hours, including lunch (please bring a packed lunch). Supports Art adn Design, History, Science (materials and their properties). Dated session: 14, 15, 16 January, 11, 12, 13 February, 4, 5, March 2014
Using Rubens's famous Rainbow Landscape painting, made over 370 years ago, children will learn about his techniques and the colours he used, find out about primary, secondary, warm, coll and complimentary colours and see a demonstration of paint-making as done in the 17th century. Pupils can then create a modern rainbow landscape, using acrylic paints, equivalents of the colours Rubens would have used. This workshop involves messy materials.
Technology and Techniques in Sculpture
3 1/2 hours, including lunch (please bring a packed lunch). Supports Art and Design, Science (materials and their properties). Dated session: 27, 28, 29, 30 January, 10, 11, 12, 13 March 2014
Pupils will make their own 3D artwork to take home in this interactive hands-on workshop. They will look at and handle original sculptures from the Renaissance to the 19th century. They will discover how these works of art were made and then try out these techniques; including moulding and casting in our art studio. This workshop involves messy materials.
Rich and Poor in Tudor Times: Meet Sir Robert Dudley and Moll Cutpurse!
1 1/2 hours. Supports English, Drama, History. Dated session: 2, 3, 4, 5 December 2013
Meet Robert Dudley, favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and Moll Cutpurse, a cross-dressing female criminal from the Tudor underworld. Find out about their lives and what it was liek to be rich and poor in Tudor times. A truly interactive session!
Bonjour Madame de Pompadour! - NEW!
1 hour. Supports French, History. Dated Session: 20, 21, 22 January 2014, 10, 11, 12 June 2014
VStep back into the 18th century and meet Madame de Pompadour. As a native French speaker, she will encourage pupils to speak in French, teach new vocabulary and give pupils a glimpse into life at King Louis XV's extravagant court.
This session will be adapted to the ability of your pupils and a vocabulary sheet is provided on booking.