Several paintings provide inspiration for pupils to create their own experimental water paintings in this creative demonstrator-led session. The session supports topics on water and painting.

This session can be booked Tuesday to Thursday at 10.15am, 11:30am and 1:15pm.

Workshop details

This session begins with a brief introduction to William Hesketh Lever, the Gallery and Port Sunlight village using historical images and soap. The water cycle is explored before pupils are encouraged to look closely at three or four water themed paintings to identify their thoughts and feelings about each. Questioning focuses on the colours and movement of water and identifying how the water has been depicted by the artists. 

The session finishes with pupils creating their own experimental water painting to take back to school using techniques demonstrated to them by the workshop leader.

Curriculum links

Key stage 1 and 2 - English, Spoken language

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.

Key stage 1 - Science

  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials including water.

Key stage 1 - Art and design

  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • about the work of a range of artists, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 1 - Geography

  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features including, beach, coast, sea, ocean and river.

Key stage 2 - Art and design

  • improve their mastery of art and design techniques including drawing and painting with a range of materials.
  • about great artists in history.

Key stage 2 - Geography

  • describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including rivers and the water cycle. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • understand that the paintings are of water throughout the United Kingdom.
  • learn about artists and understand that water is shown in different ways in paintings.
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the roles of artists and their working practices.
  • understand how artists use visual symbols to communicate information.


  • learn to look for and describe differences and similarities in works of art.
  • improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context.
  • experiment with oil pastels and tempera to create a water themed piece of artwork.
  • describe their feelings about paintings.


Pupils will be introduced to:

  • the idea that a painting can take years to complete and are produced by an artist by hand.
  • the role of an artist.
  • the role of a national gallery while visiting the Lady Lever Art Gallery.


Pupils will: 

  • be inspired to create additional water drawings and paintings back at school and home.
  • be inspired to look at paintings and visit  galleries.
  • see the Lady Lever Art Gallery as an enjoyable and creative place to visit.