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Art Session

Creative Learning Services supports the delivery of the National Curriculum in schools through our exciting and inspirational art sessions

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Developed in consultation with local special schools our art activities are tailored to the ability and needs of those taking part – they can be aimed at small groups or individuals so participants can gain as much as possible from their art experience. The activities and the art materials can be selected for their suitability for use with pupils with additional needs and the sessions can be presented in different ways, flexible in time and structure to suit the individual needs of pupils.

Depending on the colour modules you choose, you can have:

Pink module – 1 art session per year
Purple module – 2 art sessions per year
Green module 3 art sessions per year

Curriculum Area – ‘The World around us’

Seasonal printing workshop

A printing workshop that changes with the seasons – using different printing methods to suit needs of pupils this session involves printing using amazing Indian woodblocks and selected printing inks according to the season. As well as Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter they can be Easter and Christmas themed with the opportunity to produce not only an artwork but greeting cards, wrapping paper or gift tags.

An additional printing activity involves using gel blocks to produce mono prints from leaves, plants and ferns.

  • Indian woodblocks with step by step guidance, then printing themselves with support until they are confident with the process
  • Handling, applying paint to blocks and pressing them onto paper to produce prints
  • A second printing activity using gel printing blocks and leaves and plants with step by step guidance
  • Mono-printing printing using plastic sheets creating interesting patterns from paints

Take One Picture

Using an artwork from Creative Learning Service’s amazing Artworks collection – a painting, drawing or sculpture, we deliver a workshop where pupils try to recreate the artwork or simply enjoy experimenting with different art materials – they can be a large-scale artwork with multiple students taking part, one at a time or individual pupils working on a smaller piece of work. The session involves sensory drawing or painting encouraging pupils to experience painting and drawing using a range of materials.

Take Flight and Drawn to Wildlife art sessions

Come face to face with a badger, look at an owl in the eye. Using birds and animals from our museum collections we deliver an art session that gives pupils the opportunity to see these animals up close whilst enjoying an art session around them – in some cases they will be able to touch the fur or feathers.

With the help of pre-drawn outlines pupils will have the opportunity to have a go at adding textured, fur and feather detail using either different brushes, feathers and paints or drawing materials such as crayons and pastels. Emphasis can be on “action painting”, drawing and mark making rather than producing a representational drawing.

Aboriginal Art

Discover the art of Aboriginal people and the wildlife of Australia. Pupils will produce an artwork featuring Australian wildlife including kangaroos, turtles, crocodiles and lizards. The session includes looking at Aboriginal art and a demonstration showing the techniques they use which can be adapted according to the ability of participants and can involve using paints or pastels. Pupils can choose what animal they would like to paint or decorate from a selection of pre-drawn outlines.


This session looks at how dinosaurs might have looked. What if they were not all green and brown as we have always believed? Pupils are given a demonstration of how to create dinosaur skin textures using tissue paper and PVA glue or simply colour them in using bright colours and adding drawn or painted fur or feathers.

There is little evidence of how dinosaurs might have looked, recent evidence suggests they may even have had fur or feathers. Pupils are asked to imagine how they might have looked if they had been covered in brightly coloured patterns with spots or stripes. Did they want to stand out or did they blend into their surroundings?