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Arty adventures

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Subjects: Communication and language, Expressive arts and design, Personal, social and emotional development, Physical development
  • Session type: Gallery led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 15
  • Venue: Walker Art Gallery
  • Free


Join a member of our education team on an interactive voyage of discovery around the Walker Art Gallery. After a fun warm up activity to get both their bodies and imaginations ready your children will explore the gallery by taking on the role of an artist. Using lots of dramatic, child led role play activities you will be taken on an adventure to explore the Walker’s paintings, sculptures and objects.

Further details

parent and child at a creative workshop

Your little artists will guide the session from their interests and observations and the workshop leader will scaffold their learning through a series of open ended activities. The group size is deliberately kept small for this session to ensure that each child’s thoughts and ideas can be heard, shared and included.

After exploring the gallery and gathering lots of ideas in their imaginary artists’ bags the children will have an opportunity to reflect upon and express what they have seen by creating their own artwork. The session will end with a chance to share and celebrate the children’s contributions and learning. A circle time activity will enable each child to share their artwork or the story of their adventure with the rest of the group.

This session is a fun and learning rich introduction for very young children to the Walker Art Gallery and its world class collections.

Curriculum links

Communication and Language

  • Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
  • Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
  • Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Physical Development

  • Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.
  • Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.