What is sculpture?

About the Session 

Shape, form, texture and materials are discussed as we discover sculpture in the museum from ancient to modern.

Duration: 2 hours

Session Format: The museum led session is scheduled for 2 hours and is delivered in the first 60 minutes of your booked slot. We recommend that schools use their second hour for follow-up time from the taught session.
You can also book a studio workshop related with this theme.  

Reading Paintings

About the Session 

Why, how and what do artists paint? Looking closely at just a few paintings, we explore how artists use line, shape, colour, texture and composition to express their ideas.

Duration: 2 hours

Portraits

About the Session 

What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling?

Duration: 2 hours

The Ancient Greeks

About the Session 

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Greek beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Exploring what life was like in Ancient Greece by looking closely at a variety of objects and making deductions about how they were made and used.

Duration: 2 hours

The Ancient Egyptians

About the Session 

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

This session encourages children to look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Duration: 2 hours

Ancient Maya

About the Session 

How did the ancient Maya express their identity? What objects they used to show their power? What can archaeology tell us about Maya life? These are some of the questions we will discuss while students learn how to read a Maya monument and handle objects from Central and South America.

Duration: 90 minutes

Stone Age to Iron Age

About the Session 

Students will use their senses to explore the sounds, sights and smells of the past. By handling ancient objects and using MAA’s multisensory bags, pupils will consolidate their chronological understanding and identify the similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Native Americas: North America

About the Session 

This gallery-taught session focuses on Native American and First Nation cultures of the Northwest Coast, Southwest and Great Plains of North America. Students will come face to face with fascinating objects such as a 14m Haida totem pole, a Plains Cree chief outfit and a Kachina Doll made by the Hopi. 

This session can be extended to a 90 minutes session that includes a craft activity inspired by the collections.

Duration: 1 hour