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We aim to help visitors of all ages and experience gain further understanding of The Courtauld Gallery collections. Our Learning Resources focus on the exhibition programme in the gallery by expanding on a key theme from the exhibition and exploring it in relation to the permanent collection.

Teachers can visit the Gallery and Temporary Exhibition for free. Please bring identification that demonstrates you are a member of teaching staff.

New Learning Resource: Artist and Sitter

The idea to focus our latest Learning Resource on the Artist and Sitter was derived from the Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys exhibition (19 October 2016 – 21 January 2017).

In the early 1920s, Chaïm Soutine became fascinated by the cooks and waiting staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over the next decade, these humble figures sat for Soutine in Paris and the south of France. The resource’s opening chapters seek to explore what was unique about Soutine’s paintings as well as speculating on his influences. The last two chapters take a step into the 21st century to assess what it is like for an artist to paint from life and conversely the experience of being a model for an artist.

Download the Learning Resource Artist and Sitter

Art and Maths in the Courtauld Collection

This Learning Resource reveals the fascinating connections between art and maths by exploring The Courtauld Gallery’s collections of Islamic metalwork and Italian Maiolica ceramics, and demonstrates how they can encourage your students to appreciate mathematics as an inter-connected discipline with a wide range of creative applications that can be used in school.

The accompanying lesson plan and student workbook relates to upper Key Stage 2 but can be adapted to suit other stages of learning.

Download the Art and Maths in the Courtauld Collection Learning Resource

Download the Art and Maths Lesson Plan

Download the Creative Connections Workbook, which includes various mathematical activities for students, based on designs in the Courtauld Collection

Download the Art and Maths Powerpoint Presentation to use in class or share with students

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Face to Face: Portraits in The Courtauld Collection

The Face to Face: Portraits in The Courtauld Collection teachers’ resource is for teachers to read and learn about the history of portraiture through The Courtauld Collection. This resource looks at different historical and social contexts to help develop a greater understanding of what portraiture is and how it has changed over time.

Face to Face: Portraiture in The Courtauld Collection  Learning Resource

The Face to Face: Portraits in The Courtauld Collection PowerPoint can be used in class or shared with your students.

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Booking CPD and Inset Days

The Courtauld Gallery offers a dynamic programme of continuing professional development opportunities for teachers and tutors of art, art history and humanities subjects at all levels.

To inquire about or to book CPD inset days for groups of teachers or trainee teachers please email education@courtauld.ac.uk


Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement
20 October 2016 – 22 January 2017
The Body in Motion Teachers’ Resource
The Body in Motion Powerpoint Presentation



Peter Lanyon: Experiencing Landscape
15 October 2015 – 17 January 2016
Experiencing the Landscape Teachers’ Resources



GOYA: The Witches and Old Women Album
6 February – 25 May 2015
Download related ‘Women in Art’ Teachers’ Resource



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Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude
23 October 2014 – 18 January 2015
Download related ‘The Body in Art’ Teachers’ Resource



teachers-resources-printmakingBruegel to Freud: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery
19 June – 21 September 2014
Download related ‘Printmaking’ Teachers’ Resource



See our archive for further resources 

Regarde! Resources

These Regarde! activities are all connected to specific works in The Courtauld Gallery collection. They are taken from our Teachers Resources produced during our temporary exhibitions. Feel free to download or browse through these resources to prepare or follow up on a visit to our gallery.

The Courtauld Cézannes: landscapes and the concept of nature in Cézanne’s works
Cézanne, The Card Players
Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril at the entrance of the Moulin Rouge and ‘Gay Paris’
The Omega workshop and Post-Impressionism
Florentine wedding chests, The Courtauld Cassoni
Women in French drawings from the 18th and 19th century
Michelangelo, The Dream – Love sonnets in the early 16th century – IN ITALIAN
Mondrian in Paris, 1911 – 1940
Poetry in Post-War France, Jacques Prevert

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