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.

Exhibitions in 2018 include Monet’s Haystacks, a contemporary installation by artist Patricia McKinnon-Day, exploring the lives of Cumbrian farm women, British sculptor Elisabeth Frink, plus work from our collection celebrating Royal Academy artists, painter Alison Watt and Grayson Perry. Abbot Hall park and children’s play area are right next door.

Price of School Sessions

  • Half day session (2 hours) £4 per pupil
  • Full day session (10:30 – 2:30) £150 max 30 pupils
  • Self-guided (regular opening hours) Free

How to Book

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.

Mini Curators - NEW!

Suitable for: KS2
Length: 2 hours
Interested in setting up an art exhibition in your school? Bring your class to Abbot Hall Art Gallery to find out about the origins of art galleries, what curators do and how they display and interpret art collections. Students will learn art history terminology, practice describing artwork and have a go at rearranging the collection! Developed with Vicarage Park School, Kendal.

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).

Lady Anne Clifford - NEW!

Suitable for: KS1 and 2
Length: 2 hours
Discover the life and times of Lady Anne Clifford through a monumental triptych painting from 1646. Born in 1590, Lady Anne’s life spanned the publication of Shakespeare's first recorded plays, the Gunpowder Plot, Galileo’s invention of the telescope, the Mayflower landing in America, the Great Fire of London and she lived to the end of the Tudor dynasty, Civil War, Commonwealth and Restoration. Pupils will study the details in the painting, made to celebrate Lady Anne’s legal victory as a woman to inherit 90,000 acres of Westmorland.

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Learning programme supported by:

Cumbria County Council