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Drawing Sculpture

2 hour gallery workshop for key stage 1 and 2

Explore the gallery to learn about Barbara Hepworth’s artwork through traditional and experimental drawing activities. Taking inspiration from the gallery, the body and Yorkshire landscape, pupils will produce individual drawings and paper sculptures as well as a large scale group piece.

Delivered by Artist Nichola Pemberton

Nichola has experience working with children and young people in schools, museums and galleries since 2004. Nichola believes in the positive influence art can have on a child’s education and specialises in drawing.

Take back to school

  • Pupils will produce individual drawings as well as a collaborative drawing on large rolls of paper
  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at 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 and individually
  • Develop critical thinking skills and take part in class discussion

Outline of session


  • Working in Gallery 3, pupils will learn about BarbaraHepworth’s life, art work and local heritage before completing a series of quick paced warm up drawing activities
  • Together in pairs pupils will select a sculpture to physically embody while their partner tears paper to fill the negative holes/ shapes made
  • The group will then work collaboratively to draw the outline of bodies onto a large roll of paper taking inspiration from Hepworth’s sculptures
  • Moving into Gallery 4, pupils will study Barbara Hepworth’s studio and tools selecting pieces to draw filling the black paper from the previous activity
  • Following on from this, pupils will be introduced to a range of materials and abstract forms while looking at Hepworth’s plasters. Using view finders pupils will select an art work to study mark making and texture before taking recordings and adding it to the larger collaborative piece
  • Finally pupils will create further drawings considering the building and landscape before making their own 3D paper sculptures to be added to the larger group drawing

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