Key Stage 2 (Ages 7 - 11)


From art and sculpture, to history and literacy, engage in a wide range of fun and exciting learning activities that emphasise creativity and the development of investigative skills. Including Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece hands-on sessions.


People in Art - Investigating and Creating Portraits 10am to 12noon, or 1pm to 3pm
£5 per child including materials (minimum charge £100)
Investigate the meaning of portraits in the collection, including works by famous artists such as Anthony Van Dyck and Dame Laura Knight. Find out what costumes, poses, expressions and symbols can reveal, and work with an artist to create your own masterpiece.

Investigating and Creating Sculpture 10am to 12noon, or 1pm to 3pm
£5 per child including materials (minimum charge £100)
Investigate sculpture from Ancient Egypt to the 21st century, using outstanding examples from the art collection. Enjoy an artist-led sculpture trail around the Beaney and nearby city streets. Find out about ideas, materials and techniques and work with an artist to create your own mini sculpture inspired by what you have seen.

Ancient Egyptians - Oh Mummy! 10am to 11.30am, or 1pm to 2.30pm
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
Meet our costumed interpreter and engage in role play in this fun, hand-on session. Mummify a classmate and groan as the intestines are pulled out, wrap an animal mummy against the clock, investigate real artefacts from Ancient Egypt, and create a cartouche.

The Ancient Greeks 10am to 11.30am, or 1pm to 2.30pm
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
Learn about Ancient Greece in this fun, interactive session. Including a chance to investigate original artefacts in close-up detail, try on costumes and create an Ancient Greek mask or frieze.

Local Studies – Investigating primary and secondary sources 10am to 11.30am, or 1pm to 2.30pm
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
Meet a local history specialist, and learn how to investigate real primary and secondary source material from library, museum and archive collections including maps, photographs, pictures, documents, artefacts, film and oral history material.

Discover hidden stories from Canterbury’s colourful past, and find out how the city has changed since Victorian times. Session content can be linked to classroom topics, including the Victorians and World War 2.

Maths through Pattern – Investigating Symmetry 10am to 11.30am, or 1pm to 2.30pm
£4 per child (minimum charge £80)
A hands-on exploration of symmetry and tessellation using inspirational objects from museum collections, including historic artefacts, animals, minerals and fossils.

Learn about different kinds of symmetry, explore the galleries to discover interesting examples throughout the building, and create a symmetrical piece of art inspired by something you have seen.Please see the Maths through Pattern online resource developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary and Stour Valley Arts for other great ideas on this topic inspired by museum and art gallery collections and natural forms.

What on Earth? Victorian Explorers and their Collections 10am to 11am, or 1pm to 2pm
£3 per child (minimum charge £60)
Investigate some mysterious artefacts brought back to Canterbury from around the globe, discover the stories of the objects, the cultures to which they belonged, and the Victorian explorers who collected them in this fun interactive interpreter-led session.

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Current Special Exhibition

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 - Friday 8 August to Sunday 2 November



Contact us

To find out more about activities for schools at the Beaney Art Museum and Library please contact Martin Crowther on 01227 862162 or email Martin Crowther


Events & Exhibitions

Armchair Artist Residency - May to December 2014

Diane Smalley - Saturday 30 August to Sunday 28 September

Alternative Stories - Saturday 6 September to Sunday 4 January

In Remembrance - Saturday 6 September to Sunday 4 January

Beaney Best Bits Highlights Tour - Thursday 11 September, 3pm to 4pm

A Poetry Party: Victoria Field - Monday 15 September, 1.30pm to 3pm

Writing with Constraints: Neil Baker - Wednesday 17 September, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

The Living Library: A workshop with Peggy Riley - Thursday 18 September, 2pm to 5pm

The Living Library: A performance - Thursday 18 September, 7pm

Jumping Beaneys: What's Inside the Treasure Chest? - Friday 19 September, 10.30am to 11.30am


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