Schools and Colleges

children sitting and drawing at a desk

We will be partnering with schools and colleges across the UK during the Courtauld National Programme, collaborating with teachers to develop bespoke workshops for students. The focus of the activity is to explore the social and industrial heritage of the students’ local area, including the industrial history of Courtaulds Ltd, through art and architecture. Students will use reproductions of paintings, prints and drawings from the Courtauld collections, images from the Conway Photographic Library, and materials from local archives and displays at the partner museum. Students will also have the opportunity to visit London or a local art gallery.

Resources for schools and home schooling

Inspired by our exhibitions and work with young people we are collaborating with artists and educators to create activities introducing key concepts and techniques.

Gauguin and Printmaking at Braintree Museum

Paul Gauguin and Printmaking – Suitable for primary aged children, this resource focuses on Paul Gauguin’s Te Po, with activities including drawing, story telling and printmaking. This set of activities was created from workshops led by Nadine Mahoney and Alice Hellard from The Courtauld Gallery.

Manao Tupapao Activity – Suitable for secondary aged students and adults, this resource is an introduction to Paul Gauguin’s Manao Tupapao woodblock print through close looking and mark making.

Drawing at The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

In conversation with Gavin RenshawIn this interview, Preston-based artist and illustrator Gavin Renshaw discusses his work with Caliban, a steam engine commissioned by Courtaulds Ltd in 1937, and explains the significance of drawing to his artistic process.

Drawing Narrative Activity – In this resource, Gavin Renshaw explains a number of observational drawing techniques and demonstrates how they can be used to help depict the narrative of a subject.

Frank Auerbach: From Drawing to Painting – In this interview, artist Frank Auerbach describes the importance of drawing in relation to the creation of his paintings.

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