Learning workshops at Petworth

Children enjoying a Victorian workshop

At Petworth we currently have five workshops exploring different aspects of the curriculum. Our workshops focus on art, history, nature and science using the setting of Petworth House and Park as a classroom.

Nature Detectives

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2

Through exploration of the landscapes and wooden carving Petworth House has to offer, pupils will discover how nature has inspired a variety of artists. They will learn to analyse the colour and texture of wild objects while creating a variety of crafts inspired by nature to take away with them.

Art, History, Science & Nature

Turner at Petworth

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2

Pupils will take an interactive tour of our Turners on display at Petworth House and Park. They will also explore the close connection between

J. M. W. Turner and this wonderful environment. Pupils will be challenged to try a variety of    drawing and painting styles from fast pencil sketches to ultimately create a final watercolour piece inspired by the artist himself.

Practical Art, History, Nature

A Day in the Life: Victorian Servants at Petworth

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2

Pupils will travel back in time to 1890 where they will discover what life was like for a Victorian Servant living at Petworth House. Pupils will learn about the food, inventions and technology of the era and will be expected to help the very busy servants with their daily chores.

Art, History, Victorian Britain

The People in the Paintings

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2

In this interactive and fast paced portraiture workshop, pupils will journey through time to explore past figures at Petworth House.

Through detective work, pupils will unravel the art of hidden clues found in the language of portraiture to ultimately discover the characters who lived at Petworth House.

This workshop is primarily about learning to “unpick a picture”, but there is also a small element of local history.

Art, History

Ancient Greeks: Stories in Stone

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2

This workshop will enable pupils to explore the ancient and Neo-Classical sculpture that Petworth House and Park has to offer. Pupils will discover that every sculpture has a story to tell.

The day will entice your pupils as they learn about stories from Greek mythology as well as discover the sculpture making process. At the end of the day, the school group will get together to create a self-portrait made from a clay tile.

Art, Technology, History

Planning your day

All of our workshops are divided into four activities, learning about the different topics throughout the day. Students are divided into small groups and rotated through each of the activities.

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  • Sessions cost £7 plus normal entry fee (price includes all materials). *
  • Sessions are available Monday – Friday from 10:30am – 2:00pm.
  • Maximum group size is 30 students, with a minimum of 4 teachers to accompany the group.

*Entry is free to those with Education Group Membership (EGM), which entitles your school to free entry to any National Trust place for an entire year. Find out more about EGM when booking your workshop.