For Children

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Discovery Sessions

Capture their imagination and bring the exhibitions to life during one of our interactive discovery sessions which take place in the Art Gallery, encouraging investigation and discussion. Let our experienced guides use their knowledge to captivate your group and get them talking about the exciting things they see. Popular themes include: My first Gallery Visit, Art Detectives (finding out how artworks are made), Greek Mythology, Colour Shape and Pattern and Differences and Similarities.


Hands-on workshops are a fabulous way to enhance your Gallery visit, developing key skills and techniques which can be linked directly with exhibitions on display, art masters or schemes of work.
Popular themes and processes include: colour, shape and pattern, Pop Art, portraits, Greek mythology, printing, painting, wire sculpture or clay.

Art on Wheels

Art on Wheels is an exciting initiative where Southampton City Art Gallery comes to your school! Inspiring works of art have been handpicked from our outstanding collection including a Picasso print and paintings and drawings by Ian Hamilton Finlay, Paul Nash and Southampton born Eric Meadus among others.

Select an artwork from our image gallery and choose a medium from wire, printing, drawing or collage. We will bring the artwork to your classroom with a professional artist and an assistant who will lead a discussion and a practical workshop inspired by the artwork you have chosen. Available for Key Stage 1 – 5. Workshops last for 1.5 hours (including a talk and a practical activity) and we can cater for up to 3 classes of up to 33 pupils in a day.

Explore some artworks from our collection to get some ideas.

SEN groups

Our educational activities can be tailored and extended to meet the needs of students with behavioural, physical, cognitive or sensory difficulties or disabilities. Sessions can include a series of practical and gallery-based activities, students will be made to feel comfortable, enthused and included.

Please call us to discuss your individual group needs and we will create engaging and stimulating sessions that are suitable and affordable.

To book

If you’re looking to arrange a visit to Southampton City Art Gallery please contact our bookings officer on 023 8083 2810 or alternatively use the booking form below, and a member of the learning team will get back to you shortly.

View our full Teacher’s Guide

Please provide the following information if you wish to book a visit:

  • 1st/2nd/3rd choice of dates
  • Year group and number of classes
  • Number of students and adults
  • Exhibitions you would like to visit and activities you would like to book
  • Any access or special requirements

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