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Art School

Playful, practical and artist-led workshops

Art School

“The children really enjoyed the art activities today. They concentrated very hard and produced some amazing work.” Reception Teacher

Creative, practical, artist–led workshops designed to support a child’s early experiences of an art gallery. For EYFS, Nurseries, Children’s Centres and Community Groups working with children under 5.

Choose from:
• Draw
• Express
• Play
• Outdoors


Children often make marks and scribbles to communicate their earliest thoughts before words, language and writing have fully developed. Focussing on early child communication and development, this session explores the gallery and park through creative scribbles and playful drawing activities.


Much of young children’s learning is physical. Early Art School Express is a fun and lively session embracing and developing children’s physical skills. Led by dancers and musicians it combines music, movement and art to encourage creativity, imagination and self expression.


Get hands on and creative in our Atelier (art studio). Based on the early years philosophy of Reggio Emilia, our specialist Atelieristas are trained to nurture the development of young children by supporting learning through play.


Forest School inspired sessions designed especially for little explorers set in our beautiful park. Try sculpting with mud, painting in puddles, making dens, hunting for bugs and lots more led by artists and forest school practitioners.*

*We will be in the park whatever the weather so make sure you come prepared. Children and adults will need to wear appropriate clothing for wet weather.


Early Art School workshops - £90 for one hour workshop or mix and match two workshops for £180

We know it’s the little things that make a big difference when on a trip out with young children. Our Early Art School workshops are designed specifically with an Early Years audience in mind so we build in time for drink, snack and toilet breaks and can work closely with you to make sure we cater for all your group’s needs.

You can use our online booking form to arrange your visit to the Whitworth, or for more information  E-mail the learning team or call on 0161 2757453