Insights Into Art History

Curate & Illustrate your own Collection!

Free Young People's Workshop

The Courtauld Gallery Collection is often described as a ‘collection of collections’ because of the different people (including Samuel Courtauld) who have donated their personal collections of art over the years to make up what we now see on display (and what we don’t see in storage!). This session will explore the different routes into the collection and the implications those routes have.

Why is so much value placed on some pieces and less on others? What is the role of the curator? What makes a good collection? Galleries are not static or without agenda. Explore some of these ideas with illustrators Jhinuk Sarkar and Toya Walker and have a go at curating your own collection, getting a few illustration tips/techniques along the way.

You will need the following materials:

Pencil and paper
Also useful if you already have these at home:
  • Watercolour, brushes, pot of water, paper tissue
  • Pencil crayons
  • Thicker paper or thin card

Please note: this event has already taken place.

Links to further reading and resources relating to this workshop can be found below.

Please download our new resource here:

A Collection of collections
Detail from the front cover of A Collection of collections learning resource, illustrations by Toya Walker and Jhinuk Sarkar

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