Learning

Whether it’s art, history or science, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery offers a range of one hour, half or full day learning sessions.

School favourites include Stone Age to Iron AgeAncient Egypt, Ancient Greeks, Rocks and Soils & Discover Dinosaurs.

Do pictures really tell stories?  If you are researching opportunities to teach Art & Design, we have a portfolio of art workshops covering portraits, landscape and nature and now your school can achieve an Arts Award too!

Coming soon – don’t miss our fantastic Chinese New Year in-school workshop! Let us join you to celebrate this important event as we prepare to take Chinese New Year directly into your classrooms!

We can deliver other in-school sessions including Anglo-Saxons and Archaeology in Action.

See below our latest school workshops and learning activity at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery:

Discover Arts Award for schools

Your class can join us for a day of artistic fun and achieve an Arts Council England Discover Arts Award along the way! Explore the museum, get creative with art materials and make your own portrait masterpiece.

Archaeology in Action: at your school

Take part in hands-on tasks to find out how archaeologists learn about the past by studying what’s buried beneath our feet. This interactive learning experience is delivered within your school.

Discover: Rocks and fossils

The museum has an amazing collection of rocks, minerals and fossils including the Bristol diamond. Eager young geologists can develop their scientific skills by handling, studying and comparing different specimens.

Fabric Africa: African textiles handling boxes

Enhance your visit to the Fabric Africa exhibition by borrowing one of our special handling boxes. Feel different African textiles, try on garments, discover who made them and how they were created.

Art: Talking Pictures

Would you like to investigate paintings and learn how to talk confidently about art? Join us in the art galleries to see magnificent paintings from our Bristol collections. Develop spoken language skills when exploring great artworks to become the ‘art expert’.

Art: Landscape and Nature

How and why did artists paint epic landscapes or images of nature? Bring your class to the museum and together we’ll study great works of art.

Art: Portraits

What stories and hidden messages can you find in the portraits from our Bristol collections? Bring your school to join us in our galleries for a special art workshop.

Chinese New Year in your school

Choose your in school learning package and discover how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Investigate food and good luck traditions, handle celebration artefacts, hear Chinese folk tales, learn and write mandarin celebration words.

EFL Art Gallery tours

Bring your EFL students on a guided tour of our art galleries and enhance their learning beyond the classroom. Focus is placed on several works of art, with the opportunity for students to use new vocabulary and practise their listening and speaking skills.

Discover: Dinosaurs

Budding palaeontologists will be able to unearth fascinating facts about dinosaurs and fossils in this hands-on session.