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Be inspired by Ben Johnson's 'The Liverpool Cityscape' painting and the iconic buildings of Liverpool to create a collage to take back to school.

This session can be booked Monday to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

touchable model of the famous buildings on Liverpool's waterfront

© Mark McNulty

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: Art and design, English, Geography, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • £90 including VAT per session
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Ben Johnson was commissioned to create 'The Liverpool Cityscape' for the Capital of Culture year in 2008 and spent more than three years painting the cityscape. To prepare he visited Liverpool, found the best viewpoints, studied the architecture, talked to local experts, made drawings and took more than 3,000 photographs.

This session begins in front of 'The Liverpool Cityscape' painting. Pupils are encouraged to look closely at the painting and identify which city and river the painting shows. They are asked if they recognise features within the painting including buildings. Additional questioning focuses on colours, patterns, shapes, sounds that might be heard and how pupils feel about the painting.

The session then moves to The People’s Republic gallery feature windows to appreciate the stunning views of the waterfront. Pupils are encouraged to spot some of the buildings and features they have just seen in the Liverpool Cityscape painting. There’s also an opportunity to pose in front of our life-size replica Liver Bird, which is 5.5 metres tall! 

The session finishes with a fun craft activity where pupils create an artwork inspired by a building in Liverpool to take back to school.