School workshop at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Schools at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

“I used to take my pupils to the galleries in Manchester, now I come to Abbot Hall to experience great art”
Teacher, Ullswater Community College

About Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Discover Kendal’s finest historic house and award winning art gallery. Exhibitions showcase a variety of works by a wealth of international artists. Georgian period rooms allow pupils to imagine what life was like in another time, with views of the River Kent and Kendal Castle. Get creative in the Art Studio with drawing and self-led activities.

See this year's exhibitions. Abbot Hall park and children’s play area are right next door.

Price of School Sessions

  • Half day (2 hour workshops) £4 per pupil
  • Full day (4 hour workshops) £6 per pupil
  • Self-guided (regular opening hours) Free

How to Book

  • All visits must be arranged at least three weeks in advance by sending a Booking Form to
  • Teachers are encouraged to visit our venues (free of charge) to get inspired and prepare for school visits.

Select from our Range of Facilitated School Sessions:


People and Portraits - NEW!

Suitable for: KS1 and 2
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
What does a portrait tell us about a person? What is the significance of portraiture and why do museums collect these art works? Pupils investigate the paintings, identify symbols and meaning to learn about the people in the portraits at Abbot Hall. While creating a self-portrait and capturing the likeness of a classmate, pupils will develop their observation, analysis, speaking and listening skills plus art vocabulary.

Landscape and the Lake District - NEW!

Suitable for: KS1 and 2
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Discover the tradition of landscape art in a region that has inspired artists for hundreds of years. Pupils will explore paintings in the gallery and create their own landscape art by immersing themselves in a variety of scenes and scenery; learning about colour, composition, perspective, mood and the artist’s process. (Dependent on current exhibitions).

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Learning programme supported by:

Cumbria County Council