Schools and Colleges
Inspire your students and enhance your classroom teaching with a visit to Watts Gallery - Artists' Village - a creative backdrop for students to explore a range of subjects linked to the national curriculum and post-14 exam courses.
Come along for a self-guided tour or engage students with brilliant activities led by our creative learning team. Our programme includes interactive tours, artist-led workshops, activities and projects through which students and teachers can discover hundreds of paintings and sculptures, as well as craft and design, restored artist studios, heritage buildings and beautiful woodlands.
All visits can be tailored for ages 4-18, to compliment the delivery of the National Curriculum and post-16 syllabus, and support Arts Award and Artsmark.
Materials and Making workshops
Visit Watts Gallery – Artists' Village for the day with your group. Discover art and ideas in the galleries. See original paintings, sculpture, craft and designs and, with the guidance of an artist, experiment with materials, techniques and creative ideas.
All sessions include an interactive tour, space to sketch and explore the galleries and surroundings and an artist-led workshop in our dedicated creative learning studios.
4 hours, including a lunch break (students and teachers must bring a packed lunch)
£120 +VAT for up to 30 students (unless otherwise indicated). All materials provided.
2019/20 workshop themes:
Recommended for ages 11+
Visit the historic galleries before exploring G F Watts's studio to see materials, letters and unfinished paintings that reveal how he worked. Discuss Watts's materials and techniques with our conservator and create experimental paintings.
Investigate G F Watts's collection of plaster models, maquettes and sculptures and discover the monumental Physical Energy, inspired by the Parthenon frieze. Make sketches in the Sculpture Gallery before working with an artist to create your own 3D plaster sculptures.
Explore Mary Watts's studio to see original designs, sketchbooks and art recipes and visit Limnerslease, the artist's home to discover her original decorative gesso panels. Make sketches and collect inspiration from the galleries and surroundings, then work with an artist to design and make gesso panels of your own.
Explore paintings, drawings, designs and ceramics by the Wattses and the De Morgans and discover how Victorian artists were inspired by nature and symbolism. Explore the galleries and draw inspiration to make a relief-printed artwork.
(£120 per 15 students)
Discover the story of the Watts Chapel and how it was made by the adults and children of Compton village. Explore symbolism and Celtic design and visit Mary Watts's studio to learn how it was made. See William De Morgan's glazed ceramics and sketch in the galleries before working in our pottery studio to experiment with clay.
(£120 per 15 students)
Become Mary Watts's apprentice for the day. Visit her Arts & Crafts house and discover bookplates, rug designs and ceramics in her studio. Learn about natural and cultural symbolism from peacocks to Celtic knots, before designing and making clay objects and gesso panels inspired by her work and the surroundings of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.
Explore portraits across Watts Gallery – Artists' Village. Discover faces of the famous and notable in G F Watts's Hall of Fame series and spot faces and bodies in paintings, studies, sketches and sculptures. Visit the artist's studio to learn about his materials and techniques and experiment with portraits in an artist-led workshop.
Studies in Nature
Immerse yourself in nature in and outside of the gallery. Tour the galleries to see different approaches to nature in art and discover how G F and Mary Watts were inspired by the environment that surrounds us. Work in beautiful woodland, collect natural materials and create prints and sketches to record what you find in an experimental sketchbook.
We welcome pre-booked self-guided class visits. Under 18s are free to visit Watts Gallery – Artists' Village and teachers receive concessionary admission. There is a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 5 pupils for self-led visits.
Download our De Morgan Collection Teachers' Resource Pack below.
We deliver themed assemblies and portraiture sessions with costumes to Surrey schools. Please get in touch to register your interest and discuss possibilities.
We plan bespoke training days for your department or whole school. Contact us to discuss your requirements and to develop ideas with our team.
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Further information and how to book
For more information and to book, please contact the Learning Team on 01483 901805 or email email@example.com
When enquiring about a visit please include:
- A range of possible dates for your visit
- School address, telephone number and contact email address
- Group size and age of students
- Any ideas of workshop theme or focus to discuss
Also supported by Surrey County Council