Workshops for Schools

Inspired by our current exhibitions, all workshops explore materials and themes presented by contemporary artists. Workshops are available throughout the school year and are designed to complement the school curriculum. All workshops for schools feature current exhibition visits, where possible.

For booking contact or telephone 01724 297070.


Core Workshops

Shadow Puppetry

Our most popular workshop has pupils and teachers becoming shadows in a shadow puppet performance! Witness as dramatic storylines unfold before your very eyes, using shadow and light manipulation. Children become set designers, narrators, lighting technicians and actors while using our specialised equipment.
“It was really clever how you mixed our dragon topic with a shadow puppet way. We have learnt how much work goes into shadow puppets and what makes shadows and light.” – KS2 pupil from Bottesford Junior School.
Half day workshop (2 hours)
Available as a full day workshop or outreach.

Angels and Gargoyles

This workshop is available all year round and focuses on exploring sculpture and methods used to create 3D objects. It includes looking at our sculpture handling collection and a tour of the angels and gargoyles of 20-21’s church building. Children create their own angel or gargoyle using air drying clay.
Suitable for all key stages.
Half day workshop (2 hours).
Available as outreach.

Take it Away, Clay

This workshop focuses on exploring sculpture and methods used to create 3D objects. The workshop includes looking at our sculpture handling collection. Children will create their own sculpture from clay, which can link to a classroom themes or specific exhibitions. Suitable for KS1 and KS2. Half day workshop (2 hours).
Available as outreach.

Observational Drawing

This workshop focuses on specific drawing techniques where children explore the use of charcoal and pastels whilst being given still life display to study. This workshop can link to a classroom themes or specific exhibitions. Suitable for all key stages.
Half day workshop (2 hours).
Available as outreach.

Popping Portraits

This full-day workshop will see children being challenged to recreate The Factory, Andy Warhol’s famous studio space. Pupils complete portraits of classmates, discuss themes of pop art and popular culture, as well as experiencing screen printing and the equipment involved in this printing method. A vibrant, exciting and interesting workshop that sees children go home with their very own Andy Warhol style screen printed portrait!
“The children absolutely loved the trip, thank you so much for inspiring them, we have already done a follow up art lesson this week looking at portraits and proportion, and you can see how much they have learnt since the trip!” – KS2 teacher from Burton Stather Primary School
Full day workshop (4 hours).
Available as outreach.

Bespoke Packages

More often than not, we receive requests to fit a specific topic or classroom subject. Bespoke workshops take in an exhibition visit and cover the requested topic while challenging pupils to think like artists for the day. Prices vary depending on class sizes and workshop duration. Please get in touch with us for more details.

Artist Led Workshops

We have a vast group of artists that we work with here at 20-21, who each come highly recommended. Contact our Learning and Engagement Officer for an informal chat on what artist would best suit your requirements. All artists come at varied costs and can build bespoke workshops around your needs.

Project Work and Embedding the Arts

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is committed to supporting education for all ages.  If you have any ideas or projects you would like to develop we are more than happy to help. We have experience in Teacher Training, After School Clubs, Whole School Art Development, Arts Award delivery, Community Artist led projects and more.

Did you know that 20-21 offers after school art clubs to schools in North Lincolnshire?

20-21 has worked with a North Lincolnshire school to provide after school sessions which not only focused on art and design using a range of materials, but also had elements of maths, science and literacy incorporated in them too.

Arts for All

Since September 2015, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre has been delivering an exciting new project called Arts for All at a North Lincolnshire School. We have taken key foundation tools of art such as drawing, colour and painting to develop a year long programme to up-skill teachers and pupils together.

So far the whole school has received sessions based on observational drawing skills using pencils, pens and charcoal and introducing colour with the use of oil pastel techniques. There has been lots of fantastic work, excellent feedback and many black, charcoal hands but great fun was had by all.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre also completed a pilot project, working with a primary school in Immingham to embed arts across the curriculum. The project included training 15 teachers at the beginning of summer term and delivering similar workshops to the whole school at the end of half term. The project proved very successful and cost effective for the school, including visits to the centre and numerous outreach workshops with each year group.

For details on developing a similar project, please get in touch with us on

To find out about all the events and activities that are taking place at 20-21 please visit our What’s on pages.

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