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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Upcoming Special Exhibitions

Lure: Kate MccGwire - Saturday 29 March to Sunday 27 April


Contact us

To find out more about activities for schools at the Beaney Art Museum and Library please contact Martin Crowther on 01227 378100 or email Martin Crowther


Events & Exhibitions

Of Mice and Men: Drawings by Brian Francis - Saturday 29 March to Sunday 6 July

Crafty Kids - Espression Arts - Tuesday 15 April to Wednesday 16 April

Beautiful Birds - Tuesday 17 April

Jumping Beaneys: Easter Egg Hunt - Friday 18 April, 10.30am to 11.30am

Radio Arts Showcase - Saturday 19 April to Sunday 27 April

Kipling & Trix - Thursday 24 April, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Brownies Big Birthday Exhibition - Saturday 3 May to Sunday 1 June

Improv4... Wellbeing - Sunday 4 May, 11am to 3pm

Sounds New Poets - Tuesday 6 May to Thursday 8 May, 12pm to 2pm

Dementia Awareness Week - Monday 19 May to Saturday 24 May

Old Teddy Bears, Rupert Bear and Bagpuss - Thursday 22 May, 6pm to 7pm


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