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School Visits

We have been pleased to welcome a number of primary schools this year to participate in our Tuesday morning workshops - some have visited us many times, others we have met for the first time. Click on the links at the bottom of the page to see what goes on, and if you would like to book a visit we would be pleased to hear from you.

Natural Drawing

The drawing workshop, which is based on Ruskin's book The Elements of Drawing, involves observational drawing of natural objects. The children are able to choose from a selection of material - bones, shells, plants and flowers in season etc. Initial drawings are done in pencil: others may be made with the aid of magnifying glasses and with a variety of crayons.

This session is held in the Gallery, and whilst there the children will be encouraged to look at, and talk about, the exhibition. They will also see examples of how Ruskin used his own sketchbooks.

The drawings on these pages have largely come from a lovely morning spent with Nether Kellet Community Primary School.

Books and drawings, by Nether Kellet School

Making Books

This workshop begins with a brief introduction to the history of book production: the children will have the opportunity to examine examples of nineteenth-century books.

The staff will then guide pupils through the making of a simple sewn booklet with a decorated cover.

School Visits Drawing Workshop Book
John Ruskin Booking a Visit




Opening times:
Gallery: -
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm - during Exhibitions (closed weekends and Bank Holidays)
Reading Room: - Monday-Friday 10am-4pm - (by appointment only)

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