Arts in the capital

Date Posted: 12/09/2014

Pictured: Children taking part in one of the Tate Gallery's Arts workshops (Photo credit: Tate Gallery).

Taking pupils out of the school Art rooms and into the London homes of some real-life works of art. Here is a selection of Arts workshops across the capital.

A new cross-arts workshop day for Primary and Secondary pupils is now on offer at the multi-arts venue The Barbican in London.

Students will explore inter-disciplinary Arts practices – blurring artistic boundaries as a starting point for creative experimentation.

In a day-long creative process, students explore all the Art forms that the Barbican has to offer, including Art, Drama, Movement, Music, Animation and Spoken word.

Students will be encouraged to experiment with each art form in small groups, collaborating in the creation of new ideas and working towards an informal sharing under the guidance of established artists.

Pupils develop skills in creativity, communication and innovation and each school receives a short film of their experience, sent to them post-workshop.

Practical Art Workshops

The National Portrait Gallery is running free studio workshops, led by professional artists, in practical Art for KS3 to 5.

The Fashion and Adornment workshop gives students the opportunity to draw inspiration from the gallery’s collection, before experimenting with paper to create imaginative costume samples.

Working with tutors from the Royal School of Needlework, the Pattern, Colour & Textiles session allows students to draw inspiration and respond to examples of colour, pattern and textiles from Elizabeth I and her People exhibition and the gallery’s permanent collection.

In the 3D Portraits workshop, and inspired by the current display in room 33, Jacob Epstein Portrait Sculptor, pupils will explore form, shape, proportion and surface texture of the sculptures on show, before creating their’ own busts in clay.

Arts for all Key Stages at the Tate

Workshops take place directly in the Tate gallery’s public space, where students encounter artwork alongside their teachers and artists; sharing ideas to encourage children to engage with art and contemporary culture.

The Tate takes a radical approach to engagement, inviting students to learn with and from art through being in conversation with each other as well as artists and artworks in the gallery.

The 2013 to 2014 workshops were led by artists including: Katriona Beales, Harald den Breejan, Evan Ifekoya, Lucy Joyce, Emma McGarry, Rosanna Mclaughlin, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Elaine Reynolds, Eoghan Ryan and Katharine Tolladay.

Teachers can book the workshops during term time from now until 9th July 2015.

Becoming Oscar Murillo at the Saatchi Gallery

Inspired by the work of Oscar Murillo, students taking part in this workshop at the Saatchi Gallery make their own work of art using dirt and packaging while reflecting on how food defines who we are.

Schools can also book a free one-off workshop for visiting students, to take place during a scheduled visit. Class sizes should be no more than 30 pupils per group and workshops usually last an hour.

Whilst the education department provides free art workshops for schools, it is also possible to book an artist educator for more advanced sessions at a cost of £100 per hour in total (based on a maximum of 30 students in a class).

To book an artist educator or one of our free art workshop sessions e-mail the education department.

Art Club

Organise a free Art Club for your school, held at the Saatchi Gallery at regular times throughout the term.

Participating students will gain the chance to become familiar with current exhibitions at the gallery and engage in creative sessions in the Education Room.

The gallery education team will lead the workshops and provide materials for the session.

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