Secondary and Sixth Form Outreach Workshops

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The Courtauld Gallery is temporarily closed for a major transformation project, Courtauld Connects, which will restore the historic building, improve access and create a dedicated Learning Centre for schools, families and community groups.

During the renovation, we continue to deliver a lively outreach programme of workshops, delivered directly in schools. These workshops explore a combination of art history and practical art-based approaches.

Workshops in Secondary School and Sixth Form
Our critical contextual workshops encourage young people to develop visual literacy, test their own ideas, and build research and presentation skills, by engaging with The Courtauld Gallery’s Collection on their own terms and exploring the connections between art history and contemporary visual cultures.

Our practice-based workshops offer young people opportunities to develop a variety of drawing and sketchbook skills, and practical approaches that support new ways of looking at, questioning and responding to a chosen theme.

Many of our themes are interdisciplinary and are suitable for Art & Design, Photography, Textiles, English, and History Curricula.

Our workshops are: 

  • Suitable for Key Stages 3, 4, and 5
  • Delivered directly in your school or college
  • Free of charge for non-selective state schools, sixth form and further education colleges*
  • Cross-curricular – open to students studying Art & Design, Classics, English Literature, History, Languages, Photography, and Politics
  • Minimum 10 students per session (we can accommodate multiple classes on the same day where possible)
  • Require advance booking (minimum notice 4-6 weeks)

* Due to our funding criteria, we charge £200 for workshops in independent schools, with additional travel expenses for schools outside Zones 1-2 .

EXPLORE ART HISTORY – Critical contextual workshop

This interactive and exploratory workshop can be tailored to fit your students’ learning needs. Students will be introduced to key works from the Courtauld Gallery Collection and encouraged to take part in discussion and debate. Students will develop visual literacy, research, discussion and presentation skills through a range of engaging activities led by a specialist artist or art history educator.

Suitable for English, History, Photography, Textiles, Art & Design Curricula

DRAWING TOGETHER – Practical art workshop

Led by an experienced artist-educator, students are introduced to a variety of drawing techniques to develop sketch book skills. Students will investigate different ways of looking, recording, questioning and responding to a chosen theme.

Suitable for Art & Design, Photography, and Textiles Curricula

We encourage students work in their own sketchbooks where possible.

Themes you can choose

  • Approaches to Colour
  • Art in the City
  • Challenging Narratives
  • Concepts of Movement
  • Curating and Designing an Exhibition (Explore Art History! workshop only)
  • Expressionism
  • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Nature and Landscape
  • Portraiture and Identity
  • Research and Study Skills (Explore Art History! workshop only)
  • Society and Politics
  • Still Life
  • The Body in Art
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