Examples of previous Early Years Sessions
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Enjoy Judith Kerr’s classic story in the ceramics gallery then admire some of our amazing tea sets before making a tea cup of your own to take home.
The Lost Jewellery
Join us in helping the beautiful Princess Pearl recover her lost jewellery in a tale involving an adventurous princess, danger on the high seas and boxes full of treasure! The story is based around painted portraits, seascapes, armour and a medieval hoard. In the art studio we’ll use a range of craft materials to create a box to keep our own treasures safe.v
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Ideal for younger preschoolers and toddlers, we share Eric Carle’s famous picture book and look for butterflies, caterpillars and their food in our gallery of Dutch flower paintings. Then you will have the chance to experiment with butterfly paintings and creating a flowery garden.
Look closely at our fan collection to discover the story of Prince Clarence and the princesses wanting to marry him, and then decorate a fan for yourself in the studio.
Find all kinds of human and animal feet in the applied arts galleries, based on Dr Seuss’ The Foot Book and then use your own feet to make a huge painting on our studio floor!
Thomas Docherty’s story is told in front of some of our beautiful waterscapes. The paintings and story will inspire our own artwork in either watery paintings or clay boat models.
Exploring shape and pattern in the entrance hall, and making our own story-based shape collages based on Ellen Stoll Walsh’s picture book.
The Tiny Seed
Another Eric Carle favourite to enjoy surrounded by the 2012 sculpture promenade. We explore natural forms in the sculpture and then create our own fantastic sculptural seeds based on what we have seen. There is a possibility that this session can be further enhanced with a handling collection of seeds from the Botanic Gardens and the chance to plant seeds too. The first part of this session takes place outside, whatever the weather!
Suitable for our youngest visitors, gather in front of the magnificent clay owl to hear Martin Waddell’s story, and then go bird-watching the ceramics gallery.