Secondary Workshops

The Permanent Collection

Exploring Techniques and Processes
Key Stages 4 and 5
Art and Design
120 minutes
This session focuses on one of the techniques used by Morris and Co. Recent topics include block printing, graphics and typography. Students will have a taster practical activity for example creating a 3-colour print from Morris inspired wood-blocks

Running a Design Business
Key Stages 3 and 4
Art and Design/Design and Technology/Business Enterprise
120 minutes
Explore Morris’s pioneering marketing and branding techniques and how he worked on briefs for commissions. Students can respond to a Morris-style commission and develop a client pitch in groups.

Agitate, Educate, Organise!
Key Stages 3 and 4
Citizenship/PSHE
90 minutes
William Morris combined his passion for decorative arts with a belief in the need for social change.  Students will explore campaign methods adopted by Morris and compare these to contemporary campaigns.  They will develop an activity to address a Citizenship issue: how to make their voice heard, make a difference and bring about change.

Temporary Exhibitions

These sessions explore themes raised by the Gallery’s temporary exhibitions by leading contemporary artists such as Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare and Clare Twomey.

Workshops
Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, BTEC
120 – 180 minutes

Secondary pupils explore a practical aspect of the exhibiting artist’s work along with discussion of their ideas. Often students develop their artwork in the classroom and later present it at a showcase event at the Gallery.

Talk and Draw
Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, BTEC
120 – 180 minutes
A shorter Gallery-based session with an introductory talk, research and discussion of the artist’s ideas followed by sketching in the exhibition space.