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Mixed Media Sculpture

2 hour artist workshop for key stage 1 - 5

Explore Barbara Hepworth’s artwork to investigate sculpture and 2D and 3D forms.

Working from Hepworth’s plasters, pupils will explore drawing in the gallery using a variety of materials and approaches. Pupils will then make individual/ collaborative sculptures using a combination of materials such as paper, card, string and wire.

The artists

Delivered by artists Gillian Brent or Vincent James.

Gillian is a sculptor who uses geometry and a variety of measuring and scaling strategies in the construction and realisation of her works for galleries and for the public realm.

Vincent has a wealth of experience working with schools. He makes artwork across a range of media including sculpture, collage and animation and is interested in how these mediums can influence one another.

Take back to school

  • Pupils will create their own sculpture 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 and 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


Secondary and Post-16

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 analyse. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding

Session overviews


  • Introductions to galleries and works of art in the collection, considering difference between two and three-dimensional artworks and their construction
  • Students will participate in a series of drawing activities designed to aid closer looking at works of art, and may draw on themes, scale, texture, form, etc
  • Group discussion and reflection will take place after each drawing and observation activity, allowing students to develop and share own thoughts and listen to others

Learning studios

  • Students will reflect on drawings, observations and ideas gathered in the galleries, to inspire and develop a sculpture using a variety of materials
  • Pupils will be encouraged to problem solve ways to use the materials and construction techniques; pupils will have the opportunity to work independently, and join their sculpture to become a group work.
  • Group sharing and discussion will be facilitated around the results, and what pupils have learned

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