Learning at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Welcome to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery Learning & Outreach programme.

Bradford Museum and Galleries’ Learning Team are pleased to be able to welcome schools back. We are currently taking workshop bookings from Spring Term onwards. To allow schools to visit with confidence, we are still continuing to run our workshops in a Covid-secure way. Please see below for the list of the workshops that are currently available. We will be adding other workshops shortly, so if the workshop you would like to access is not listed, please still contact us.

Current Offer:

  • The Art and Science of Noticing
  • Early Islamic Civilisation
  • Hockney Techniques 

Email: [email protected] 

Telephone:  01274 431216 

For schools who are unable to visit, we have created alternative opportunities to give pupils vital opportunities to connect, experience, and be inspired by our collections.

    • Film and activity ‘shorts’ based on our most popular school workshops which can be watched in the classroom, via a teacher led live lesson or other online learning.
    • Printable ‘Proud to be from Bradford’ classroom or home learning resourcesProud to be from Bradford – everyone can do something amazing.
    • ‘Talk’ dialogue boxes for classroom use.
    • Health and well being resource boxes for classroom use.
    • We also have lots of online ‘You Inspire Me To…’ activities, which can be done at home. Find all our 'Inspire me to...' activities here.

For further details, visit our learning homepage at www.bradfordmuseums.org/learning or email [email protected]

  • Fairytale Explorer

    Keystage: EYFS: Reception

    Through a series of practical activities the pupils will use artwork to explore and reinforce different elements of classic fairy tales.

    With opportunities for speaking, listening and working collaboratively this workshop is a great introduction to looking at real artwork.

    Current choices include:

    • The Enormous Turnip
    • Little Red Riding Hood

    1 hour workshop

    £76.00 per class

  • Hello Hockney

    Keystage: KS1 & KS2

    This workshop will provide an introduction to Bradford artist David Hockney where pupils will investigate the colours and methods used by Hockney to create artwork.

    Pupils will then put together photo joiners and create a collaborative class collage in Hockney's style to take back to school.


    2 hour workshop - £120.00

    1 hour workshop - £76.00  (Adapted KS1 workshop available)

    Curriculum links:  History & Art

  • We Work at the Gallery / Museum

    Keystage: KS1

    Children will use a wide range of skills whilst finding out more about the art gallery/museum as they take on different job roles including pest control, curator, administrator and conservation. 

    Through play based activity children will sort, add, label, organise, identify and have fun whilst carrying out their new job!


    1.5 hour workshop - Please email for cost

    Curriculum links:  Activities support KS1 Science, Maths and English programmes of study

  • Hockney Techniques

    Keystage: KS2 & KS3

    An opportunity to explore the new David Hockney gallery and try out some of his techniques including printing & ipad drawing.

    Pupils will explore David Hockney's sketches, printing, paper pulp and ipad artwork creating their own 'techniques' page and then putting what they have seen into action to create their own works of art.


    2 hour workshop - £120.00

    Curriculum links:  History & Art

  • Lowry Landscapes

    Keystage: KS1

    Pupils will use LS Lowry’s original painting ‘An Industrial Landscape’ from 1952 to explore how pictures can tell us about what life was like in the past. Looking at shape and colour and then relating Lowry’s landscape to their own locality, pupils will create their own landscape piece.

    1.5 hour workshop

    £96.00 per class

  • The Art & Science of Noticing

    Keystage: KS1 & KS2

    A workshop which encourages pupils to respond to the museum and gallery objects which inspire them.

    During the workshop pupils will create a sketchbook page of ideas, details and words before writing a guided poem.

    An excellent way to stimulate interest in topics, explore enquiry led learning & give you material to use as starting points back in school.

    We can suggest themes or let us know your topic!

    Recent focuses have included:  Printing, Textiles, Artists & Art Techniques, Bradford Explorer, Shapes, Colours and Maps

     1.5 hour workshop

    £96.00 per class

  • The Art of Early Islamic Civilisation

    Keystage: KS2

    Using artwork and artefacts pupils will explore the historic origins of Early Islamic civilisation, its influences and contribution to world culture.

    Through activities including traditional calligraphy and building Baghdad, pupils will gain insight into this culturally significant civilisation.

    *Self-led Handling Objects at £33.00 per class - Teacher Resource which includes handling objects and an Islamic geometry activity

    2 hour workshop

    £120.00 per class

  • British Values

    Keystage: KS2

    Using the cross cultural art work on display at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery pupils will take part in a hands- on workshop exploring individual liberty, law and different faiths.

    Pupils will view and create their own textile artwork exploring individual liberty, take part in Victorian campaigning to influence law making and work in groups to explore different religions.

    This workshop is an ideal starting point for work back in school as pupils will leave with knowledge of how citizens can influence the decision making their own follow up questions linked to different faiths and an initial consideration of the meaning of liberty.

    2 hour workshop

    £120.00 per class

  • The Vikings and the Muslim World

    Keystage: KS2

    What was happening in the wider world at the time of the Vikings?

    This workshop encourages children to make links between the Vikings and Early Islamic civilisation.



    Using artwork and artefacts children will explore early Islamic and Viking writing, religion and trade together with key achievements of both civilisations.


    2 hour workshop

    £120.00 per class

  • Takeover Day

    Keystage: KS2

    Curriculum links to Art, History, Maths, English & Science

    Following successful 'Takeover Days' as part of the national Kids in Museums initiative, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery now offers a unique takeover day experience for class groups. Pupils go behind the scenes to meet and work with a variety of staff, such as curators and collection officers and participate in monitoring pests, looking after objects, dealing with enquiries, gilding frames with real gold leaf and learning how to give guided tours for family and friends.

    Half Day £350