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Barbara Hepworth’s Life

2 hour gallery workshop for key stage 1 and 2

Learn about Barbara Hepworth’s life, artwork and her connection with the Yorkshire landscape. Pupils will work in the galleries to look at Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture and discover her timeline of events as well as materials and tools used.

Having investigated the titles of her artworks, maquettes and models on display, pupils will make their own sculpture to be displayed within a class exhibition.

Delivered by Gillian Brent and Harriet Lawton

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.

Harriet is a contemporary craft artist who explores objects and collections in a range of media including textiles, ceramic and print and has a wealth of experience working with schools.

Take back to school

  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school
  • Pupils will produce individual sculptures to take back to school


Wakefield Schools: £120

Other:  £140

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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

Outline of session


  • Pupils will look around the galleries and find a sculpture or other object that links with their facts
  • The class will come together with each group will present their word and sculpture before organises themselves into the timeline of events
  • Pupils will be given an object to feel and use this to find a sculpture that is similar in shape, texture and colour. Pupils will then produce a large scale drawing as a group
  • The groups each find a sculpture or display that uses the material or tool they have and they select which words best describe the material or process to tool is used for
  • The class will create 10 small sculptures inspired by Barbara Hepworth using card, flexiwire, string and rubber bands before creating a class exhibition in the gallery

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