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Sketchbook Adventures

1hr 50min artist-led workshop for KS2 – KS5

Session overview

Students will be taken through how to make their own unique sketchbooks using a selection of different papers. They will then use to explore the galleries with the artist, filling them with creative drawings.

Starting in our learning studios, students will be introduced to the importance of sketchbooks in artists’ practice and how students can use sketchbooks to develop their own ideas and understanding of art.

Using bone folders and a selection of different papers the artist will take students step by step through the process of making their own individual sketchbooks.

The artist will then take your students on a creative journey through our galleries. During a range of guided drawing exercises students will respond to our exhibitions and the themes within the artworks. These drawing activities will encourage ways of looking and recording artworks in creative ways, including warm up activities and thematic explorations.

Take back to school

Students will each have their own mini sketchbook made from different types of paper that will have a series of their sketches and drawings in.


£185, 10% discount for Wakefield district schools

Book this workshop

Themes explored in the workshop change depending on the exhibitions showing during your visit but may include some of the following: colour, texture, the human figure, narrative, scale, Barbara Hepworth, sculpture, shape and form, negative space. If there is a specific theme you are interested in please let us know and we will see whether we can accommodate that within the workshop.

Learning outcomes and curriculum links

This workshop inspires and challenges students to experiment with new techniques 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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