My First Gallery Visit

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An introduction to looking at and talking about art in a gallery for our younger visitors.  Explore a wide range of interactive activities and collect stamps on your own collecting card.  Create your own masterpiece in our art and craft session.

A carousel of activities to explore art in the major exhibition gallery.

This workshop is available as a single (45 minute) with 3 activities or double (1.5hr) session, with 6 activities.  The double session gives 2 hours in Gainsborough’s House, including a break in our delightful walled garden (wet weather alternative available).

Gallery Led

I Spy

  • A scavenger hunt activity with objects to find in the artworks

Gallery Led


  • Use the felt expressions board to explore different expressions.  Use mirrors to look at our own faces, What expressions can we see in the portraits?

Gallery Led

I can be a…

  • Role play activity where children use their bodies to make the shapes of a tree, house, church, animal etc

Gallery Led

Let’s tell a story

  • Step into the picture and imagine what it is like, what might be happening / being said.

Gallery Led

Mini Landscape

  • Small world play activity.  Making up a landscape with a felt floor in a frame and wooden waggon, animals, houses, church, bridge, water, trees etc – what can they spot in a landscape painting

Gallery Led

Let’s dress up

  • Dress up box with shawls, wig, hats, crook, stuffed dog, props, basket, masks on stick

Led Studio Session

Arty Adventures

  • An art and craft session led by our artist team, based on the current major exhibition.  Could include activities like printing, mark making, collaging, exploring colour, 3D work
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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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