Draw and tour KS3 +

Our gallery-led session gives students an overview of William Hesketh Lever, the paintings he acquired to help sell Sunlight Soap and other collection highlights including sculpture and Wedgwood. Students also have an opportunity to respond creatively through drawing.

This session can be booked Tuesday to Thursday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

Workshop details

This session begins with an introduction to William Hesketh Lever, the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Port Sunlight village using historical images and soap. Several of the paintings Lever bought to sell Sunlight Soap are explored and his use of product placement in the copies of these he had made discussed.

Students explore the Gallery’s extensive  collection and complete several drawing activities which encourage them to focus on detail.

Curriculum links

Key stage 3 - Art and design

  • use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Key stage 3 - English

  • using Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts.
  • expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point.
  • summarising and/or building on what has been said.

Key stage 3 - History

  • ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.
  • a local history study.

Key stage 4 - English

  • using Standard English when the context and audience require it.
  • listening to and building on the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform, and challenging courteously when necessary.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • understand that William Hesketh Lever started his art collection with paintings he bought to help sell Sunlight Soap.
  • learn about William Hesketh Lever, what he created and how it influenced the local and wider community.
  • discover how Lever used artwork to advertise his soap products.
  • learn about the role of the artist, craftsperson and designer in a range of cultures, times and contexts.
  • find out about characteristic features of periods and societies of the past.
  • gain a deeper understanding of specific artworks from the collection.
  • learn more about art galleries, for example how artworks are acquired.


Pupils will:

  • develop observation skills.
  • learn to unlock narratives in other paintings and sculptures.
  • learn to give their opinions.
  • explore and develop ideas using media.


Pupils will be introduced to concepts including:

  • their own interpretation of an artwork is important.
  • that artworks that were created in the past still have relevance today.
  • the role of a national gallery like the Lady Lever Art Gallery.


Pupils will:

  • appreciate the Lady Lever Art Gallery is an enjoyable and creative place to visit.
  • enjoy a focused visit  to the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
  • inspired to research images and artists further.