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1hr 50min artist workshop for KS1 - 5

Exploring Barbara Hepworth’s inspiration of the landscape, students will be taken through the exciting printmaking process. Creating drawings in the galleries students will use these to inform their own collograph prints.

Session overview

Exploring Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures and the inspiration behind them, pupils will discover new ways of observing and drawing artworks through artist-led activities in the galleries.

They will create a series of drawings to gather ideas from the lines, shapes, forms and textures in Hepworth’s sculptures. Primary pupils will use their individual drawings to form a layered drawing that they can look through, while secondary pupils will also explore abstraction and create simple sketchbooks to hold their drawings.

These drawings will inform their printmaking in the learning studios, with pupils bringing together their creative ideas to produce their own prints. Artists will take them through the printmaking process to create collograph plates and take exciting prints from these. Secondary pupils will also learn how to use our printmaking presses to create their final outcomes.

Take back to school

Pupils will each create a layered artwork using their drawings from the galleries and a number of collagraph prints. When you return to school we recommend you lay the prints out to dry.

“We had a great time. The pupils had lots of new experiences of the artworks and different mediums explored. The tactile nature of the workshop was brilliant for our pupils.” Year 1 teacher, Stanley Grove Primary School


£185, 10% discount for Wakefield district schools.

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Key Vocabulary:

Line, Texture, Colour, Shape, Form, Sculpture, Two-Dimensional, Three-Dimensional, Landscape, Printmaking, Surface, Relief, plus for KS3 + 4: Pierced Forms, Positive and Negative space, 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, including drawing techniques and printmaking.
  • 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.

Secondary and Post-16

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. 


  • 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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