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Bring your subject to life with our cross-curricular, active and engaging gallery and studio sessions taught within our extraordinary collections. Come up close to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, study the brush strokes on a painting by Monet or explore line, pattern and shapes through the amazing architecture and sculpture: whatever your topic you are sure to find something to excite and inspire your pupils, from Early Years to Key Stage 5.

Click on a session below for more details and a list of linked resources, then contact us on 01223 332904 or education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk to book, or to discuss your needs. Most sessions are free (charges apply for studio workshops) and travel bursaries are available for schools meeting our criteria.

We are currently accepting bookings for Spring Term 2020

Bookings for Summer Term 2020 open on Monday 24th February

Bookings for Autumn Term 2020 open on Monday 1 June

Shakespeare's World

Explore the collections to illustrate Shakespeare's world in relation to specific artwork and plays. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Beliefs, English, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS3, KS4, KS5

Romanticism & Visionaries

Discover the work of major 18th Century artists and thinkers and link these to significant historic events.  

Tags: Art & Artists, Beliefs, Exam Themes, Famous People, KS5, PSHE

Reading Paintings

Why, how and what do artists paint? Explore how artists use line, shape, colour, texture and composition to express their ideas.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, Famous People, History, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Poems & Pictures

Use paintings to stimulate vocabulary and create group poems.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1, KS2

Materials

Explore the use and properties of different materials including metals, clay and paint throughout the museum.

Tags: Art & Design, Discovery, Exploration, KS1, KS2, Materials, Science

Journeys

Investigate different types of journey as you move around the museum; from holidays at the seaside, to bugs and beetles finding food and soldiers marching into battle.

Tags: Art & Design, Discovery, Exploration, Geography, History, KS1, KS2, Local Interest

GCSE, A'Level and BTEC themes

Link your current art theme to the wealth of artefacts within the museum collection.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, KS3, KS4

Creative Writing Through Art

Explore paintings to inspire vocabulary and create stories, dialogue or poetry.

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Colour and Culture

Explore colour and pigments within the collection in relation to different art historical periods. 

Tags: History, KS3, KS4, KS5, Materials, Modern Science, Science

Britain in the Inter-war years

Explore the collections to trace the birth of Modernism through Art and Literature in Northern Europe.

Tags: Art & Design, English, Exam Themes, History, KS5, Politics & Philosophy

Keeping Creativity Going During Lockdown

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

Pre-COVID19, our focus as educators was on understanding how to serve our young audiences by finding ways to help them come to the museum. Now we must switch our efforts to identifying how the museum can continue to be relevant and useful to them in their own homes. Look, think, do From the start of lockdown, the Learning Team at... Read full article


In an ideal world, museums would make visiting easier by…

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

In early 2018, the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) started thinking about how we could help children with sensory sensitivities and their families to access the museums in a way that worked for them. “People aren’t aware you’ve used every ounce of your energy to get there [the museum]” Parent from focus group “It was a really special opportunity to... Read full article


Rock ChYpPs: putting young people’s objects on display

Sun, 07 Jun 2020

‘Rock ChYpPS’ is a co-curated temporary exhibition at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. It displays geological objects loaned to the museum from children in the local Cambridge area, and aimed to provide a space for museum staff and local children to meet and connect over geology. The University of Cambridge Museums join the PlayDaze summer programme every year. Run... Read full article


Diving into a Coral Reef with Cambridge Communities

Mon, 01 Jun 2020

Our audiences are full of creativity, something we see in bucketfuls at our events and workshops. We wanted to go further, and showcase audience creations and collaborations in our programming and displays. As a Museum celebrating the wonders of the natural world, we have an innate desire to protect it. We have committed to embedding sustainability into our public programme... Read full article


Shakespeare Arts Award Project with Soham Village College

Thu, 30 Apr 2020

In October, eleven Year 8 students from Soham Village College arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum, ready to embark upon a new project. Over the next eight weeks they would work with staff across the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) to explore the context of their English set-text, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, while completing their Bronze Arts Award. As one of... Read full article