Trips for schools are a key focus of our Learning programme.

We offer a wide range of activities to support teaching art in primary school and welcome visits from secondary school groups.

Our activities and resources combine understanding and making skills, which support learning across the curriculum.

Students might visit an exhibition, walk the Art Trail, or see an artist at work in their studio. Making activities take place in our specialist Education Studio, which is next door to our professional studios in the Victorian Kitchen Garden.

Can’t make it to the Harley Foundation? Check our Creative Activities page for downloadable resources to use in the classroom. If you’d like more support, we can bring a session to you. Ask the Learning team about in-school activities and special projects.


If you are looking for ideas for trips for schools, we offer a range of options to inspire your students.

Each term, we have a choice of the 3 different workshops for Primary Schools, and 1 workshop for Secondary Schools. Please find details of our current workshops below.

Alternatively, we can also develop a visit especially for your group – whether primary, secondary HE or FE level. This could include exhibition tours, workshops, sessions with our Studio Artists or a focus on a particular artwork. Tailor-made school trips are charged, and subject to availability.

Contact us by emailing to discuss your requirements.


To support local schools with increasing prices, we offer 4 bursaries of up to £300 each term to cover travel costs. To claim this bursary, you must be from a state school within the postcodes: S20, S21, S25, S26, S43, S44, S80, S81, NG17, NG18, NG19, NG20, NG21, NG22, DN22. The trip you book must take place before the end of July 2024.

Please note, each school can claim a maximum of one bursary per academic year, and the fee for the workshop will still apply.

Contact us by emailing for more details and terms and conditions.

Trips for schools - A group of school children outside the museum for The Portland Collection
Trips for schools - A boy in a blue jumper taking a photograph of an artwork in the gallery.


Lift Off is a free resource designed to support teaching art in primary school, developed in partnership with Educational Consultants Brochocka Baynes. This downloadable pack provides developmental guidelines and art lesson ideas across the 3 to 11 age range.


Tudor Heraldry Fabric Printing Workshop

3 hours, Wednesdays and Fridays

For children in KS1 & KS2 with curriculum links to Art & History, looking at heraldry and symbolism used in the Tudor and Stuart era.

Clay Creatures Workshop

3 Hours, Wednesdays and Fridays

For children in KS1 & KS2 with curriculum links to Art and History, including a museum tour and clay workshop.

The Art of Trees

2 Hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays

For children in KS1 & KS2 with curriculum links to Art.

The English Civil War in Local Context

3 Hours, Tuesdays.

For children in KS3 with curriculum links to History.