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Drawing and mark making

2 hours - Artist workshop. For key stage 1 - 5

Explore and drawing and mark making using Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture to inspire pupils to create their own observations drawings, groups works and individual mark making pieces using a range of materials.

Working in the galleries, pupils will draw to look, think, share, inspire and reflect before completing fast-paced mark-making exercises in the learning studios.

Delivered by Nichola Pemberton

Helen Peyton, Harriet Lawton and Lucy Courtney-Clegg. All artists delivering this workshop have a wealth of experience working with schools and young people and are interested in building pupils confidence in questioning art work to form their own opinions.

Take back to school

  • Pupils will produce individual and group drawings to take back to school
  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school


Wakefield schools £130

Other £150

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Learning outcomes and curriculum links


Art & Design

  • Learn about Barbara Hepworth’s artwork and contemporary artists
  • Develop drawing techniques and understanding of sculpture
  • Evaluate, analyse and discuss the artwork in the gallery


  • Develop speaking and listening skills by talking confidently in new learning contexts and communicating ideas. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding


  • Build confidence and resilience in learning outside of the classroom
  • Build self- esteem by sharing opinions and explaining views on the artwork
  • Recognise choices made in a new learning environment
  • Work in small groups as well as individuals
  • Develop critical thinking skills and take part in class discussion


Art and Design

  • First-hand observation of Barbara Hepworth’s artworks
  • Explore ideas and imagination using experience of learning outside of the classroom
  • Develop understanding of contemporary sculpture, artistic process and materials
  • Develop drawing techniques and sculpture making skills using a range of techniques and media


  • Develop speaking and listening skills by talking confidently in new learning contexts, communicating ideas and critical analyses. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding

Outline of session


  • Working in Gallery 3, students will learn about Barbara Hepworth’s life, art work and local heritage before completing a series of quick paced warm up drawing activities
  • Together in pairs, students will select a sculpture to physically embody while their partner tears paper to fill the negative holes/ shapes made
  • The group will then work collaboratively to draw the outline of bodies onto a large roll of paper taking inspiration from Hepworth’s sculptures
  • Moving into Gallery 4, students will study Barbara Hepworth’s studio and tools before looking at materials and abstract forms. Using view finders, they will then take observational drawings and recordings to contribute towards a larger group work

Learning studios

  • After discussing what is mark making, students will work around four stations set up with a range of materials and prompt words to study mark making in response to Barbara Hepworth’s artistic process
  • Students will create individual works around sculptural forms, layering drawings made previously and exploring perspective
  • Reflection and evaluation of the session

How can teachers and group leaders help?

Please bring your enthusiasm, be prepared to join in and model good behaviour.

To support activity in the galleries please remind children about our three rules:

  • no shouting
  • no touching
  • no running