STO finds out why the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Surrey is a great destination for an educational trip.
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden offers learning opportunities relevant to subjects such as Art and Design, History of Art, and Photography.
Landscape Design, Leisure and Tourism and Environmental Studies are other workshops that can be taken among the attraction’s ten acres of countryside.
The garden welcomes school visits from the second week in May until the last week in October, and offers over one hundred sculptures to see in its grounds, including work in stone, wood, metalwork, bronze, ceramics, glass and marble.
A typical visit to the garden begins at 10:30am, where one of the curators will meet the school and offer a short introduction to the Sculpture Garden. Children will receive a work sheet to kick-start their thought process, as well as a map, a list of art and a guide to how sculptures should be viewed.
The class will learn about the sculptures spotted around the garden and ways in which they can touch and experience the work.
Schools are then encouraged to explore the Sculpture Garden for one or two hours, with a map and a list of all the works to be seen.
Lunch is then taken either in a covered seating area or on the lawn.
During the afternoon, children are encouraged to draw or photograph the works on show, or a drawing, painting or photography class can be arranged.
During this time, staff at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden explore the gardens to talk to children about their work and the art on show.
Schools will also find that the reception area stays open throughout, where they will find books and other resources to support their trip.
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden aims to be the base for research and inspiration for pupil’s individual learning.
Over 150 pieces are exhibited every summer throughout the gardens, with current artists in residence such as Lee Borthwick, who will create new work this summer using wood from trees around the site, and Ronald van der Mejis who has created Sound Architecture 5 – a collection of stainless steel bicycle bells placed around the acres to create one huge mass of sound.
For more information visit www.hannahpescharsculpture.com.