KS2 Workshops

Pupils creating art on a windowColouring our environment

Pupils explore how artists use colour to capture the look and feel of the world around them. Working with warm, cold and contrasting colours and the colour elements they visit misty canals, vibrant monuments and whitewashed towns.

Pupils create an urban splash using acetate, tape and markers to capture Manchester’s city ever changing sky line.


People, Pastimes, PortraitsGrayson Perry, Jane Austin in E17

Inspired by images of people in different times, pupils explore paintings and ceramics to help them understand the different ways artists represent identity. They create and follow a line through the gallery as they layer ideas, mind-map thoughts and collect drawings. In our studios, pupils use wax trapping techniques to make individual portraits that are framed to create a miniature art gallery that represents their journey.

Children in a workshopSettings for stories

Pupils will generate and apply descriptive vocabulary that effectively evokes the setting for a story. Using curious objects and artefacts and historical and imaginative paintings as settings, pupils bring the collection alive using drama techniques that extend into movement and the development of sounds. Their ideas and resulting performances can be documented on your iPad or a DVD so that these stories can be developed further

Victorian ManchesterPupils in a workshop

Pupils will understand how different sections of society interacted and built the foundations of the Manchester we know today. Philanthropist Thomas Horsfall who created The Manchester Art Museum in1884 will be introduced to help the pupils discuss ideas of class, beauty and society. Using role play and drama they empathise with both rich and poor through the exploration of work and city life.

Deciding fates in Ancient GreeceChildren voting

Pupils are introduced to Zeus, leader of Ancient Greece’s Gods and begin to think about the job he has to do. Is it easy having so much power? Does he always make the right decisions? Other gods and goddesses are introduced through our architecture, paintings and ceramics. Exploring myths and legends along the way pupils debate and use the power of persuasion to decide whether Zeus is the right god for the job.

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Ford Madox Brown's Work

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Ford Madox Brown's painting Work, is brought to life in this exciting interactive aimed at KS2 pupils.