Spark children’s imagination and creativity through hands-on sculpture workshops which encourage them to interact with contemporary sculpture both at our headquarters in South Kensington or at off-site* (OS) exhibitions.
Our sculpture workshops for primary schools draw on the RBS’ various exhibitions for content and are tailored to the age of your students.
"We are lucky to have a wonderful resource like the Royal British Society of Sculptors in our community, enriching our art programme by showing children contemporary sculpture and providing fun and informative hands-on sculpture workshops. Feedback on the various art trips that I arrange each year shows that an outing to the RBS is a favourite destination!" Patricia Finnegan, Art Coordinator, Servite Primary School
OTHERWORLDLY TREES 17 January - 17 February 2017, *RBS HQ
The RBS is currently celebrating the publication of a book that documents the progress of our Sculpture Shock award. This special award has enabled sculptors to create surprising site specific spatial interventions in non-traditional spaces outside of the traditional gallery setting. The book launch is accompanied by an exhibition of three of the Sculpture Shock artists: Alexander Costello, Nika Neelova and David Ogle. Alexander Costello has created a sculpture through performance (A priori) using reams of coloured paper to create a work that is energetic, humorous and surprising. Nika Neelova’s untitled (stack of chairs) continues her exploration into the historical resonance of objects and David Ogle’s Lumen (in our outdoor forecourt) changes the façade of the building with its interlocking neon branches that glow with colour and light. During this workshop children will be referencing this striking piece of sculpture creating their own version of otherworldly trees.
FROM SMALL SCALE IDEA TO REALITY 9 March - 5 May 2017, *RBS HQ
This workshop, based around the 2017 FIRST@108: Public Art Award will enable pupils to learn about public art and how it gets to be there. The exhibition, bringing together sculptors who are interested in the structural and the engineered as a way to convey meaning, will show models and sculptures by artist Joseph Hillier alongside maquettes by the five award finalists who are competing for this unique and prestigious award. Pupils will explore the work in the exhibition before combining basic maths and construction techniques in a fun and creative way to build their own models.
NAPOLEON GARDEN EXHIBITION IN HOLLAND PARK 17 January - November 2017 *OS
The RBS are presenting Meridiana, a large bronze sculpture by renowned sculptor Helene Blumenfeld OBE FRBS, featured in the Napoleon Garden at Holland Park until the Autumn of 2017. The inspiration for this piece came from the garden itself: during late afternoons spent watching those who visit this lovely spot, whether enjoying a quiet moment amid the flowers or searching for the resident peacocks, Blumenfeld sensed the changing of light and the unstoppable passage of time. Meridiana is an elegant bronze which not only shows the beauty of a new leaf unfurling, but also acts as a modern sundial, reminding us all about the unavoidable passage of time and the need for us all to use our time well. During this outdoor sculpture-making workshop pupils will use a variety of simple metallic materials to sculpt their own unique contemporary sun dial, learning about form and balance and gaining an understanding of the processes involved in making a bronze sculpture. Workshops
Arranging a Visit
Sessions are held on Mondays and Tuesdays with both morning (10 -11:30am) and afternoon workshops (1 -2:30pm) available. Although group size is limited to 15 students, a class of 30 pupils can be accommodated by either dividing the group over morning and afternoon sessions or across different days. Some of our nearby off-site (*OS) venues can be attended by full classes of 30 and are offered Tuesday - Thursday.
The RBS kindly requests a £2 contribution per child to offset the cost of art materials. If this cost will limit your class’s attendance, let us know.
To learn more about these workshops, or to make a booking, please contact Cynthia Scoville, Education Officer, at email@example.com.