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.
Booking IS NOW OPEN for the 2014-15 academic year
Priority booking for schools from the following boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Ealing, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Harrow opens a week earlier on Monday 9 June.
"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"
All sessions are free. Unless otherwise stated they are designed for one class of up to 30 pupils
My First Visit
All year round session. EYFS, 1 hour or Key Stage 1, 1½ hours. Supports Art and Design, English, History, Mathematics – Counting, Science – Materials, seasonal changes, parts of the body
In this fun session for our younger visitors, pupils will try on replica armour, and talk about and draw from the works of art. They will be introduced to a museum in an historic house and to the idea of creating a collection. The EYFS session will include a simple making activity instead of drawing.
Key Stage 1
Children and Families through Time
All year round session, 1½ hours. Supports History, English, Art and Design
Looking at objects and paintings of domestic life, pupils will find out about the past by comparing the lives of children and families through 300 years of history. This interactive workshop includes discussion of how different their lives are, dressing up and drawing.
Play with Words
All year round session, 1½ 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 oral compositional skills as a way into writing with imagination and flair back at school.
Key Stage 1 & 2
All year round session, 1½ hours. Supports Art and Design, History, English – Drama
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 front of the portraits to learn the basic principles of drawing a face which will help them create self-portraits back at school.
How to Look at Paintings: Objects and Meanings
All year round session, 1½ hours. Supports Art and Design, English
Pupils will learn how to understand different paintings by looking at portraits, allegorical and still life paintings by some of the greatest artists in the world. This lively session includes observational drawing and object handling.
Landscapes and Seascapes
All year round session, 1½ hours, Supports Art and Design, English, Science – Seasonal Changes
Pupils will learn the basic principles of landscape composition, including perspective, examine and discuss views of the countryside and sea, develop vocabulary and look at how seasons are depicted. Inspired by the paintings of Rubens, Canaletto and van de Velde, they will create their own fabulous landscape drawing.
Key Stage 2
Investigating Patterns: Printmaking Workshop
Dated session: 16, 17, 18 September, 8, 9, 10 December 2014, 24, 25, 26 February, 18, 19, 20, 21 May 2015, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Supports Mathematics, Art and Design
Come and explore the many different patterns which decorate the beautiful furniture, 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
Dated session: 24, 25, 26, 27 November 2014, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 May 2015. Years 4–6, 10.30am – 2pm, including lunchtime (please bring a packed lunch). Supports English, Art and Design, Design Technology
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 screenprint story textile. This workshop involves messy materials.
Black History Month: Meet the Young Archer
Dated session: 20, 21, 22, 23, October 2014. Years 5 and 6, 1½ hours (am or pm). Supports English – Drama, History, Geography
Visit the collection in the company of the Young Archer, a black man from the Dutch Golden 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 – trade.
All Things Light and Beautiful: Colour and Painting Workshop
Dated session: 19, 20, 21 January, 2, 3, 4 February, 4, 5, March 2015, 10.30am – 2pm, including lunchtime (please bring a packed lunch). Supports Art and Design, History, Science – Materials
Using Rubens’ famous Rainbow Landscape painting, created over 370 years ago, children will learn about his techniques and the colours he used, find out about primary, secondary, warm, cool and complimentary colours and see a demonstration of paint making as it was done in the 17th century. Pupils will then create a modern rainbow landscape using acrylic paints. This workshop involves messy materials.
Technology and Techniques in Sculpture
Dated session: 26, 27, 28, 29 January, 9, 10, 11, 12 March 2015, 10.30am – 2pm, including lunchtime (please bring a packed lunch). Supports Art and Design, Design Technology, Science – Materials
In this interactive, hands-on workshop pupils will make their own 3D artwork to take home. They will look at and handle original sculptures and discover how these works of art were made and then try out these techniques, including moulding and casting. This workshop involves messy materials.
Bonjour Madame de Pompadour!
Dated session: 9, 10, 11, 12 February, 8, 9, 10 June 2015, 1 hour (am or pm). Supports French, History
Step 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.The session will be adapted to the ability of your pupils and a vocabulary sheet provided on booking. Web resources are available.
Tudor Lives: Meet Sir Robert Dudley and Moll Cutpurse!
Dated session: 1, 2, 3, 4 December 2014, 1½ hours (am or pm). Supports English – Drama, History – Historical enquiry and narratives within periods of study
Compare the lives of two very different Tudor people, Sir Robert Dudley, favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and Moll Cutpurse, a cross-dressing female criminal. Discover their stories and find out what it was like to be rich or poor in Tudor times through role play, discussion and an interactive performance.
Choose Your Words: Inspiration for Creative Writing
All year round session, 1½ hrs for Years 3/4 and 2 hours for Years 5/6. Supports English
Web resources are available.
Children will explore this magnificent treasure house with a published children’s author. They will engage with the precious paintings and objects, and, using their author’s notebooks, they will write some short pieces to enhance their vocabulary, descriptive powers and use of dialogue. They can develop and polish these pieces at school.
Choose one of three themes for your visit:
Classical Myths: Gods, Heroes and Monsters
All year round session, 1½ hours. Supports English, History – Ancient Civilisations, Art and Design
Come face-to-face with Hercules, Perseus and Apollo, characters from ancient Greek and Roman myths whose stories are
told in paintings, sculptures, furniture and ceramics. Find out how these stories have inspired artists through the ages and finish with some observational drawing.
Knight or Foot Soldier? A Hands-On Armour Handling Session
All year round session, 1½ hours. Supports History, English, Science – Materials, Art and Design, Design Technology
By examining original sources, paintings and armour, pupils will find out how armour developed through the ages and why less than a third of an army in medieval and Tudor times fought wearing full plate-armour. Pupils will discover how different ranks, from knights to the lowest footsoldier protected themselves in battle. They will investigate the purpose, materials, production and styles of armour over one hundred years through handling and trying on original armour.