School trip to Victoria Art Gallery
The Victoria Art Gallery is the free public art gallery for Bath and North East Somerset. The Gallery’s collections range from the 15th century to the present day and were formed mainly by gift and bequest since the building first opened in 1900.
The upper gallery is displayed with three centuries of British paintings from Gainsborough and Turner to Sickert and Hodgkin. The lower galleries have an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions to cater for every taste.
Artists past and present are featured, from big names such as the Impressionists through to young, up and coming regional artists.
They offer a range of visit options, from a teaching session to self-guided activities.
Their teaching sessions take place in the galleries and sometimes in their wet work room. They explore the collection and displays in a variety of creative ways.
Their teaching sessions must be booked in advance and include working the galleries with a gallery educator.
Their educational themes include:
Take a lesson with the inventor of Plasticine, William Harbutt. Find out about his life, his time in Bath and his invention of Plasticine. Try a range of ways of using Plasticine and make a tile to take back to school. Special session combining history and art.
Sensing the Seasons
Use your senses to explore the changing seasons; look at paintings of summer, touch natural objects and smell the scents of summer. Use paint to create a seasonal landscape.
All About Me
Discover how portraits have changed from King Henry VIII to Pilu the performing dog. Create a royal self-portrait in mixed media and a quick pen picture of your favourite person or pet in the gallery. See portraits by Gainsborough, Zoffany and Peter Blake.
Face to Face: People and Portraits
Explore the lives of people in the past through portraits and paintings of people from Tudor times to the twentieth century. Use line and shape to record your discoveries and make a printed self-portrait inspired by our exhibitions. See portraits by Gainsborough, Zoffany and Peter Blake.
Who Do You Think You Are?
Explore identity through people from the past in our portrait collection and create a contemporary picture of a person or pet, using tactile materials.
See paintings by British artists from the past 300 years. Enjoy paintings of our landscape and culture. Sketch using watercolours and pastels. Experiment with mark making and look at the changing British landscape.
Investigate and sketch the Parthenon frieze which is displayed on the gallery walls. Explore original Greek objects and find out more about Greek art and architecture. Design a mythical creature inspired by animals you can see on the gallery’s zodiac ceiling and use pen and water-colour to complete your picture. Do a full Greek day by joining up with the Holburne Museum as well.
How to Design an Exhibition
Find out how galleries work: explore displays from a new, expert view point and design a poster for an exhibition.
Large groups may be split into smaller groups to enter the galleries. Teachers must supervise their groups at all times. Teaching sessions have a maximum limit of 35 including children and adults.