Manchester Art Gallery

Primary

Enrich your teaching, motivate children – and use our inspirational spaces to take their learning to new, creative levels. We connect to the curriculum in surprising ways – from art, craft and design to creative writing and history. And all our primary sessions are tailor-made to meet your pupils’ specific needs.

You can

• Visit the gallery for workshops and self guided visits.
• Book artists and artworks to come to your school.
• Arrange bespoke learning programmes and training.

Email:mageducation@manchester.gov.uk
Tel: 0161 235 8842

Primary workshops

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Fairytales

Enter the enchanted world of fairytales, encountering characters from long ago and far away. Our gallery walls are the pages of an undiscovered book where young story makers use small world play to create their own fantastical tales.
Recommended: Key stage 1
Class years: 1- 4
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry

Primary workshop about colour at Manchester Art Gallery

Colour

Discover how artists use paint to create atmosphere through tone, shadow and shade. Mix it up in our colour lab and experiment to make new palettes of colour that you take back to school to continue your colour explorations.
Recommended: Key stage 1
Class years: 1- 4
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry

Primary workshop about nature at Manchester Art Gallery

Nature

All aboard, as we set sail on a breezy boat ride, dive into stormy seas and take a walk on the beach. Heading back to dry land, we will create contemporary watercolour compositions.
Recommended: Key stage 1
Class years: 1- 4
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry

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Travel

Have passports at the ready to take an immersive journey with us. Create travelogues of this trip through space and time before transferring ideas into souvenir prints to take away as treasured memories.
Recommended: Key stage 2
Class years: 3 – 6
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry

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Greeks

Our Greek-inspired building, artefacts and artworks transport you to the Trojan War. Interactive storytelling unravels the key events of this epic tale to uncover the enduring legacy of Ancient Greece.
Recommended: Key stage 2
Class years: 3 – 6
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry

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Environment

Discover how artists use warm, cold and contrasting colours to capture the look and mood of places before creating an urban splash. Using acetate, tape and markers, we will capture Manchester’s ever-changing sky-line.
Recommended: Key stage 2
Class years: 3 – 6
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry

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Portraits

Put yourself in the frame, fusing your identity with images of the past and present. Build artistic layers using wax trapping techniques, making individual portraits to create a miniature masterpiece exhibition.
Recommended: Key stage 2
Class years: 3 – 6
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry

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Victorians

Step into our Victorian building and become acquainted with the Mancunian philanthropist Thomas Horsfall. Using drama and role play, we explore how the Victorians laid the foundations for the Manchester we know today.
Recommended: Key stage 2
Class years: 4 – 7
Duration: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Cost: £3.50 per pupil, minimum charge £70
Booking enquiry


 

Artists in School

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Mosaics

A visiting mosaicist will magnify insects into abstract colourful palettes that explore pattern, shape and texture. You will develop vocabulary as you look, listen, touch, talk and design majestic specimen studies.
Recommended: Key stage 1
Class years: Reception – 2
Duration: Full school day
Cost: £240 day
Booking enquiry

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Illustration

An illustrator will help you discover what it takes to create witty portraits and imaginative stories. Drawing tasks, games and discussion form profiles and drawings for characters that can be developed as class or individual stories.
Recommended: Key stage 2
Class years: 3– 6
Duration: Full school day
Cost: £240 day
Booking enquiry

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Photography

Work with a visiting photographer to question, experiment and play. Learn how to produce photograms by capturing objects and manipulating mixed media to create original artworks in a session that can be adapted to different themes.
Recommended: Key stage 2
Class years: 5 – 6
Duration: Full school day
Cost: £270 day
Booking enquiry


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