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2 hour artist workshop for key stage 1 - 4

This 2 hour workshop will allow pupils the opportunity to explore the creative process through the use of photography techniques in response to Barbara Hepworth’s artwork, tools and processes on display in Gallery 3, 4 & 5.

Pupils will use the gallery space and Hepworth’s work to explore photography as a creative tool for looking, thinking and investigating ideas.

Delivered by Bonny Breytenbach

Bonny has a keen interest in using her art and design experience to motivate and inspire young people to learn through creative discovery. Her practice includes photography and sculpture with a focus on light, colour and shadow.


Wakefield Schools: £130

Other: £150

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Take back to school


  • Pupils will create individual A5 acetate artworks to take back to school and teachers are encouraged to bring their own cameras to record work produced by pupils
  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school


  • Observational drawing and individual notes produced by students. Teachers will receive photographs taken by students via email.
  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school

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 & 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 and photography techniques using a range of techniques and media as well as an understanding of sculpture


  • Explore formal elements of visual language; line, form, colour, tone, pattern, texture, in the context of lens-based and light-based media
  • Showing in their work the use of viewpoint, composition, focus control, depth of field, movement and narrative
  • Still Life photography, (working from natural or manufactured objects)

Outline of session



  • After an introduction to digital photography, handling digital cameras and how we use photography in everyday life pupils will move upstairs into Gallery 3 to photograph Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture
  • Looking at Barbara Hepworth’s drawings, sculpture and prints, pupils will individually explore photography encouraging experimentation and play with the camera to explore and show ideas and interests
  • Moving into Gallery 5, pupils will choose a new artwork to record a series of words that best describe what they can see. These words will then inspire pupils to go on a photography treasure hunt exploring a range of materials to explore photographic effects
  • Pupils will gather and share experiences generated in the galleries before returning to the learning studios

Learning studios

  • After introducing digital photography and negatives, the artist will demonstrate how pupils can create their own negatives using an OHP, acetate and a range of mark making materials
  • Working individually, pupils will create their own negatives inspired by the artworks and words generated in the galleries
  • After sharing the artwork created with the class, pupils will share their thoughts and evaluate the workshop


A practical and fast paced introduction to digital photography and photographic concepts as well as Barbara Hepworth’s artwork, tools and processes. Equipped with one camera between two, students will explore the galleries to photograph the artworks supported by a range of experimental materials. Additional to producing observational drawings and making 3D sculptures, students will discuss the photographs taken in the galleries and relate to concepts studied.


  • Working in Gallery 3 students will complete warm up drawing activities while exploring Barbara Hepworth’s artworks on display
  • Introduction to digital photography, photographic concepts and the opportunity to work their way around a digital camera


  • Moving to Gallery 5 students will take photographs considering focus, exposure and composition supported by a range of experimental materials before their selecting their favourite two photographs
  • Students will be asked to record and discuss words that best describe the artworks and to inspire their next photograph

Learning studios

  • Using their drawings, photographs and words as a stimuli, students will create individual 3D sculptures before taking photographs of the work exploring angles and scale
  • Sharing and reflection- students photographs will be shared with the group to encourage group discussion and evaluation

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