Draw to explore at the Walker Art Gallery, key stage 1

An interactive tour of the gallery introducing a range of artworks to the class. There is a discussion guided by the member of staff through skillful questioning and the pupils are encouraged to explore the artwork for themselves. During these discussions, the pupils learn more about the roles of artists and the purpose of art. As well as through discussion, the pupils engage with the artworks with a series of drawing tasks and creative responses.

"The children were taught new skills by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff whilst being inspired and immersed in the artwork." (Primary School Teacher)

"It was really fun and we learned a lot of different ways to draw." Felicity (Year 1 pupil)

Temporary closures

Please note that the Walker Art Gallery’s Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque displays (Rooms 1-4) are currently closed to visitors. The closure is to facilitate a major refurbishment of these galleries, funded by the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. For full details of artwork currently on display please call the gallery on 0151 478 4199 or check the Walker Art Gallery website.

Workshop details

What is art? Can you learn to draw? How can art develop language skills? Join our expert Learning and Participation team for our workshop Draw to Explore as we help answer these questions.  We focus on developing practical resources and skills, empowering your students to take the next step on their artistic journey. We champion creating sketchbooks as a tool to support children's holistic development, in line with the current art curriculum. The workshop finishes by giving students an opportunity to complete an observational drawing and reflect critically on their work, a key component in successful art development.  

This workshop is built around students’ responses to art, both verbally and through fun, practical drawing exercises exploring mark making, tone and light/dark. Post workshop art session plans will be made available to embed knowledge and continue development of students’ new skills.  

All of our taught workshops take place on gallery amongst our incredible collection of artworks making this an authentic and valuable way to boost your student’s cultural capital.   

Wherever possible please ask pupils to bring their own pencils and sketch books to our workshop.

Curriculum links

Art and design

  • Students will learn to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences, and imagination.
  • This workshop will help them develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form, and space.
  • During the workshop we will look at the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and encourage students to make links to their own work.

English speaking and listening

  • Students will be encouraged to participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns, and listening to what others say.
  • There will be an opportunity to discuss and clarify the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary.
  • Students will have an opportunity to ask and answer questions.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the roles of artists and their working practices
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the visual elements
  • develop an understanding of materials and how they can be used


Pupils will:

  • Develop observation skills by creating first-hand observational drawings
  • Improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context
  • Learn to give reasoned answers backed up by evidence
  • Develop an awareness of different kinds of art
  • Develop artistic technique


Pupils will be introduced to:

  • The role of an artist
  • The role of a national gallery like the Walker Art Gallery
  • That paintings are produced by an artists by hand
  • That artists use a variety of skills
  • That art is subjective and that we can all have different responses to it