Gallery Without Walls

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Explore the natural environment and become nature art collectors.  Fill your own sketchbooks with your discoveries.  Draw and record landscapes, collect words and sounds, explore colour and texture.  Individual sketchbooks provided.

This workshop is available as a double session (1.5 hrs) in Sudbury’s beautiful water meadows or as single session (45 mins) in our delightful walled garden at Gainsborough’s House. 

The workshops can be led by Gainsborough’s House Learning team or self-directed.

The Sketchbook Activities:

Describe a Landscape – Take time to enjoy the environment and use the senses to explore and record the landscape

BIG and small – Use viewfinders and magnifying glasses to explore and draw the bigger picture and a tiny detail

Collecting Palette – Collect tiny examples of natural objects to fill your palette with natural colours and textures

Give me five colours – Look at and record the colours that are all around with the eyes of an artist.

Give me five sounds – Take time to listen carefully and enjoy the sounds of nature all around

Painting with reflections – Explore the colours in water and how artists paint water in their landscapes

Natural textures and nature rubbings– play a blindfold game to explore natural textures and record the textures you find

You can choose three activities for a single session.

The double session lasts for 2 hours to include walking time to and from the water meadows

Outreach is available 1


Full day: 10am–2:15pm
Cost: £9 per pupil

4 x led workshops

Full day: 10am–2:15pm
Cost: £7.50 per pupil
3 x led workshops
1 x teacher-led workshop

Full day: 10am–2:15pm
Cost: £6 per pupil
2 x led workshops
2 x teacher-led workshops

Half day: 2 hours
Cost: £4.50 per pupil
2 x led workshops

Half day: 2 hours
Cost: £3 per pupil
1 x led workshop
1 x teacher-led workshop

Maximum 60 pupils per day.
The minimum charge for a school visit is £75.

How to book and important info

To enquire or make a booking contact our learning team

01787 372958

At Gainsborough’s House we want to ensure your school gets the best visit for you and your pupils.  You can choose to build your own visit or pick one of our suggested day or half day workshop theme programmes.

Each workshop theme offers the following types of learning opportunities:

  • interactive sessions led by our learning team in the galleries
  • well resourced, teacher-led small group sessions in Gainsborough’s House
  • creative workshop sessions in our landscape studio led by our learning team

You can pick exclusively from one workshop theme, or mix and match across any of the themes.

Each session lasts 45 minutes and you can book up to 4 sessions for a full-day visit or two for a half day.

Outreach Service

Our outreach sessions are available as full or half days.  A half day session is £175 and a full day is £250.  A mileage charge of £45p per mile will apply for schools outside a 20 mile travelling distance of Gainsborough’s House.   

Home Educators and other learning groups

We welcome Home Educators to Gainsborough’s House and are happy to adapt any of our workshops to suit.

We also offer sessions for Guiding and Scouting groups to help with badges.

Please get in touch with our learning team to discuss further

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