9 January—12 July 2024

Workshop: Talking Pictures

Join us for this ‘Talking Pictures’ workshop to see fantastic artworks, explore how they were created and develop new skills for talking about art.

Children will:

  • Discuss painting composition and techniques
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • Discover the stories behind paintings
  • Investigate artists’ tools and materials
  • Compare and contrast art from different time periods
  • Learn specialist art vocabulary
  • Prepare and perform a group presentation

Suitable for: Year 4-6
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

Session availability:

We have two sessions available at 10.15am-11.30am and 11.45am-1pm. Further sessions may be available. Please ask.

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? Free use of our lunch room is included in the cost of your session.

Teacher feedback:

“Children were able to become the ‘art expert’ when they presented to an audience. Resources in bags were excellent – great prompts for teachers!”  
Year 5 teacher

Arts Award and Artsmark Award

This workshop can be used to support your Arts Award in the following ways:
• Discover: find out about artists and their work
• Explore: explore the work of artists

Supports Artsmark Award criteria: Pupil Engagement; Range of Offer: Values and Ethos; Local cultural visit; Partnerships


Learning enquiry form

Please complete this form to start the booking process.

Your name
Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

Additional information

This workshop takes place in the art galleries.

Children will work in three groups. To get the most from your visit, please organise children into groups before your workshop begins.

Each group will require support from at least one adult. Recommended ratio: one adult for every six children.

You are welcome to take photographs. We’d love you to share pictures of your school trip with us on social media.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the museum apart from the school lunch room. Crumbs attract pests and our collections are far too precious to be attacked!

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