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Felt making

1hr 50min artist-led workshop for KS1 – KS3

Students will create expressive, colourful felted fabric, using inspiration from the artworks in the gallery.

Session overview

Through a series of exciting looking and drawing activities in the galleries, pupils will explore Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures on display.

Discovering links to the landscape they will also use natural objects and textiles to create temporary collaborative drawings, developing an understanding of how textiles are made and the links with local textiles heritage.

In our learning studios, pupils will explore the felt making process, transforming and fusing merino wool by hand. Using their drawings from the galleries as inspiration pupils will create expressive felted fabric that explores colour, line and composition.

Take back to school

Pupils will have a series of drawings from the galleries, and felted fabric they designed and made.

For KS1: Pupils will create individual 3D felted pebbles and then collaborate to create temporary mini-landscapes that they place their felted works in.

For KS2 & 3: Pupils will work together in groups to create textiles designs inspired by the landscape that they then collaboratively felt into 2D pieces.

Back at school we recommend you lay the felt out to dry.


£185, 10% discount for Wakefield district schools

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Key Vocabulary:

Line, Colour, Shape, Form, Sculpture, Two-Dimensional, Three-Dimensional, Landscape, Natural forms, Textiles, Heritage, Surface, plus for KS3: Pierced Forms, Abstraction, Composition.

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.
  • Use drawing techniques to develop and share their ideas.
  • Learn about artist Barbara Hepworth, 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 Barbara Hepworth and understand the historical and cultural development of her art form.


  • 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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