The Wallace Collection

Home Education

Home Education sessions for 2017/8

Book a place on one of our special workshop days for home-educated students.

Call 0207 563 9551 or email to make a booking.

Please note:

  • For full-day workshops, a lunch space will be provided
  • Parents/carers are welcome to accompany pupils to the workshops, but only children of the specified age will be permitted – children of other ages must be taken elsewhere, and you can explore the galleries at leisure with trails and armour to try on.
  • Sessions are free, but a £10 per child deposit will be taken upon booking, and refunded upon attendance of the workshop. Cancellation with less than 14 days’ notice will mean a refund is forfeit.
  • For workshops that involve messy materials, accompanying adults will be expected to assist.

Several dates available throughout the year – please call or email if interested

Naked Bodies I: the Art of Representing the Nude Figure


For ages 17-18    Parents may not accompany

Students will spend the day studying the human form and how it has been portrayed by artists in the Renaissance and the Rococo periods.  In the afternoon, students will put their observations into practice by drawing from a female nude life model.

30th October 2017

Inspiration for Creative Writing: The Grand Tour – Travel Writing


For ages 12 – 16

Working with a children’s author, students will explore the collection as a basis for creative writing. Using paintings and rare and precious objects as a stimulus for the imagination, the students will leave with material for the writing of description, dialogue, poetry, reportage or a short story.




For ages 6 – 11

Explore portraits by Old Masters. Look at how children and adults have been painted over the centuries, try on replica costumes and pose like the sitters. Work with an artist to learn the basic principles of drawing a face.


Landscapes and Seascapes


For ages 6-11

Students 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.

19th February 2018

Talking Textiles! Screenprinting Workshop


For ages 9 – 13

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.  Involves messy materials.

27th March 2018

The Art of Drawing and Using a Sketchbook


For ages 11 – 16

Students need to bring their own sketch/workbooks. Artist quality materials provided. Learn new drawing techniques and hone observational skills to produce work that will maximise the effect of sketch or workbooks. Skills covered include annotation of sketches, quick fire drawing, making best use of the page, and how to make changes without using a rubber!


Choose Your Words


For ages 6 – 10

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.

Knight or Footsoldier? A Hands-On Armour Handling Session


For ages 6 – 10

Discover how different ranks, from knights to the lowest footsoldier protected themselves in battle. Investigate the purpose, materials, production and styles of armour through handling and trying on.

6th June 2018

Deciphering The Circle


For ages 8-11

Using the Wallace Collection’s spectacular array of armoury, pupils will revise how to understand, interpret and identify features of a circle through a mathematical vocabulary including arcs, segments and tangents. With the use of rulers and protractors, measuring shields for obtuse and acute angles will be part of an activity in the ’European Armoury’ gallery.
The four hour workshop will also involve a tour of the collection for examples of circles found in Sèvres Porcelain pieces and Ottoman ceramic tableware as well as an activity where the students, using their new vocabulary, design metallic shields to take back home.

Prior knowledge of how to use a protractor and measure angle is needed.


7th June 2018

Draw Design Construct: Armour from the Past to Inspire Design for Today


For ages 12-18

Design, history, art and fashion are covered in this creative workshop. Inspired by some of the finest armour in the world students will:

  • Research and explore to gain an understanding of armour’s function and history through observational drawings, discussion and object handling
  • Evaluate past and present design and technology with particular reference to the metals from which it is made
  • Use neoprene to identify and solve design problems and to construct a contemporary version of historic Armour


For 6th Form only:


15th March 2018

National Science and Engineering Week: Conservation MasterclassA Science Masterclass for A level Physics and Chemistry Students

4th July 2018

What is it like to work in a Museum? Careers Open Day


Additionally, the following options are available:

Attend one of our family programmes

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Self-guided visits

Available subject to availability, booking compulsory. Please email to book.

Weekdays afternoons and Fridays are the best time to come on a self-guided tour of the Wallace Collection.

Please note that groups of children younger than 14 cannot exceed 15 in number, and must be supervised by adults at all times. All other groups are limited to 25.

Useful Resources

Pick up free activity trails at the front entrance to explore the collection.
Check out our eLearning page
Check out our Collection page