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Create & Construct

1hr 50min artist-led workshop for KS2 – KS4. Available Wednesdays - Fridays until Fri 24 May.

During our Create & Construct workshop students will be taken on an exploration of sculpture inspired by our special exhibition Kim Lim: Space, Rhythm and Light.

Session Overview

In the exhibition students will be introduced to the ideas and processes in Kim Lim’s work through a series of drawing and sculpture activities. Students will learn about the materials, shapes and forms in her artwork to develop their sculptural understanding and collect inspiration for their own 3D artwork.

In the learning studios students will work together to create temporary wooden sculptures, playfully stacking, assembling and balancing forms that they’ll then record through drawing.
Using shapes they recorded in the galleries they will use a variety of construction techniques to create card sculptures, bringing together skills they’ve developed in the workshop to create final 3D outcomes.

The session concludes with a collaborative exhibition of the students’ sculptures, prompting reflection and discussion.

Take back to school

Students will each have a 3D card sculpture and drawings from the gallery and of their temporary sculpture. Please bring boxes to transport the work back to school.


£185, 10% discount for Wakefield district schools

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Key Vocabulary:

Material, Shape, Form, Sculpture, Two-dimensional, Three-dimensional, Repetition, Construct, Build, Join, Stack, Slot, Weight, Solid, Balance, Space.

Plus for KS3+4: Abstraction, Composition, Light, Minimalism, Motif, Proportion.

Learning outcomes and curriculum links

This workshop inspires and challenges pupils to experiment with new materials and create their own works of art. They are encouraged to think critically about the art they experience in the galleries, developing their visual language.


Art and Design

  • Produce creative work exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in the galleries.
  • Experiment with different types of art and materials, including drawing techniques and constructing with different media.
  • Use drawing and sculpture techniques to develop and share their ideas.
  • Learn about artist Kim Lim, her importance in history, and make links to their own work.


  • Develop vocabulary and visual literacy in response to the artworks they see.
  • Articulate opinions on the artworks and convey ideas confidently.
  • Participate in collaborative conversations and use discussion in order to learn, elaborating and explaining their understanding and ideas about the artworks and their own creative work.


Art and Design

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in the galleries.
  • Use a range of techniques and media to record their observations and increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works, using the language of art. Develop critical thinking to analyse their own artwork and that of others.
  • Learn about great artist Kim Lim and understand the historical and cultural development of her art form.

Design and Technology

  • Learn how to take risks, and be challenged to be resourceful and innovative to identify and solve problems.
  • Use specialist tools, techniques, processes and equipment.
  • Test, evaluate and refine their ideas.


  • Develop new specialist vocabulary and visual literacy in response to the artworks.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; elaborating and explaining clearly their understanding and ideas about the artworks and their own creative work.
  • Listening to and building on the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform.

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