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Maths: Space, Shape, Sculpture

For Key Stage 3

Visit the gallery to develop a language of 2D to 3D shapes and build an understanding of how objects in the gallery are constructed.

Looking at Hepworth’s sculpture, students will engage with practical activities and discussion to support and develop an understanding of geometry, measurement, ratio and scale alongside the Key Stage 3 Maths curriculum.

 Led by artist Gillian Brent

Select from one or two workshops at school and a gallery visit led by artist Gillian Brent. Gillian is a sculptor who uses geometry and a variety of measuring and scaling strategies in the construction of her works for galleries and the public realm.

Take back to school

  • Students will collect information from the gallery to produce their own set of Top Trump cards back at school. After 3 workshops, students will produce large scale sculptures in small groups
  • On completion of 3 sessions, your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school


  • Wakefield Schools: £130 for a one off workshop at the gallery or £650 for three workshops (two at school and one at the gallery).
  • Other schools: £150 for a one off workshop at the gallery or £700 for three workshops (two at school and one at the gallery).

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Learning outcomes and curriculum links

Art and 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 techniques and sculpture making skills using a range of techniques and media

Maths (Geometry and Measurement)

  • Level 2: Understand mathematical names for common 2D and 3D shapes; identify the number of sides and corners of specific shapes and the mathematical terms used for particular angles.
  • Level 3: Classify 3D and 2D shapes in various ways using mathematical properties such as reflective symmetry for 2-D shapes.
  • Level 4: Make 3D models by linking the edges of 2D shapes; make simple measuring instruments to estimate and measure the perimeter of shapes.
  • Level 5: Estimate lengths. Convert one metric unit to another. Calculate unknown angles in triangles and at a point. Describe angles in correct terms.
  • Level 6: Calculate the area and circumference of circles. Use 2D representation of 3D shapes. Enlarge shapes using a scale factor. Find the area of 2D shapes. Calculate the volume of 3D shapes.

Outline of session

Workshop 1 at school
–  2 hours

This artist- led session will encourage students to explore the identification of regular and irregular shapes, transform 2D shapes into 3D through practical making and discover how to build a 3D structure and re-scale it.

Workshop 2 at the gallery
– 2 hours

This two hour artist-led session will respond to Barbara Hepworth’s work in Gallery 4 & 5 through practical and visual activities that include data gathering, recognising 2D and 3D shapes, exploring measuring approaches, figuring fractions to work out ratios and percentages, and using sculpture in the gallery to develop a sculpture top trumps game.

Workshop 3 at school
– 2 hours

Following on from the previous two sessions, this artist-led session will further develop a sculpture top trumps games, and students will undertake a sculpture challenge by working in teams to construct large-scale 3D pieces that require them to engage with problem solving, group discussion and reflection.