Manchester Art Gallery


Creative Challenge for Schools

Let our associate artists Sam Owen Hull and Venessa Scott inspire your pupils from their lockdown lens with challenges to exercise creativity at home. Using ideas and activities from their artist tours at the gallery they have found new inspirations and household items to explore materials, be playful and create art.

These activities have been created to support teachers delivering a lockdown curriculum and are made available for all schools to share with their pupils.

Inside / Outside

Download Sam Owen Hull’s creative challenge.

Creative collage

Watch Venessa Scott’s creative challenge.

Please share your pupils and students’ responses to


Leonardo Da Vinci – Observing the body

Working with art and science you can question,explore and create from this resource.
You can obtain teachers notes to accompany this resource.


Screenshot of the Image to Text resource displayed on the wall at Manchester art gallery for self guided groups to access

Creative writing

Working with one artwork can help you to connect with and read visual images to get words and ideas flowing.

These explorations in creative reading and writing allow you to move initial ideas into a range of varied, compelling and unique written responses.

Find out more about our presentation tool & Teachers notes


Elizabeth Redgrave, Surrey Wild Flowers


Art Loan Scheme

‘For to love beauty is to see it almost everywhere…’TC Horsfall, The Study of Beauty, 1883

Horsfall believed that art in the classroom could make a difference and set up one of the first picture loan schemes for schools. In 1894, the Museum circulated two hundred collections to local schools.
We have artworks from this collection available for schools to borrow for FREE. Find out more here.


Van Dyck, self Portrait, detail


Art of looking

A 10 minute audio guide using mindfulness techniques to enable you to slow down, look at and engage with Van Dyck’s last self Portrait.

Produced by Manchester Art Gallery with Cathy Fortune, Charlestown Community Primary School, Creative Living Centre and Start in Manchester.


Karrie Fransman


Karrie Fransman’s Selves Portrait

Comic book artist Karrie Fransman describes making her Selves Portrait in response to Van Dyck’s final self-portrait.