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A Season of Science: Creative workshops for schools

Thu, 6th Jun, 2019


This Summer we are offering schools a season of science
. We are inviting schools to come and enjoy our next exhibition Our Plastic Ocean, by award-winning photographer Mandy Barker. The exhibition addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution. Barker collects debris from shorelines across the world and transforms them into powerful and captivating images.

Gallery adventures and digital animation workshop KS1 - KS2

This workshop aims to teach science in a fun and creative way. In the first part of the workshop pupils will go on a journey around the exhibition learning scientific facts on how long different plastics take to degrade. Pupils will then take part in discussions on the harmful impact of plastic pollution in our oceans.

In the second part of the workshop pupils will get creative using colourful plastic objects to create their very own digital animation. Their animation will help spread the message of the excessive amount of plastic we use every day.

In the final part of the workshop, pupils’ animations will be screened in the gallery, and can be sent to teachers on request.

Curriculum areas
Art and Design, Photography, Science

Learning Outcomes
Pupils will:

  • Learn about the artist and their art work.
  • Explore issues of marine plastics and the environment.
  • Use creative techniques such as collage and animation.
  • Produce creative work and explore ideas


For more information download our Summer 2019 workshop guide for schools here


Virtual Reality experience and digital animation workshop KS3 to KS5

In the first part of the workshop, pupils will  engage with Mandy’s photographs through the immersive experience of VR technology. Pupils will watch and experience how plastic erodes and feel the reality of plastic pollution. Pupils will then take part in discussions on the harmful impact of plastic pollution in our oceans.


In the second part of the workshop pupils will get creative using colourful plastic objects to create their very own digital animation. Their animation will help spread the message of the excessive amount of plastic we use every day.
In the final part of the workshop pupils animations will be screened in the gallery, and can be sent to teachers on request.


Curriculum areas

Art and Design, Photography, Science

Learning Outcomes
Pupils will:

  • Learn about the artist and their art work.
  • Explore issues of marine plastics and the environment.
  • Use creative techniques such as collage and animation.
  • Produce creative work and explore ideas


For more information download our Summer 2019 workshop guide for schools here

Booking details

• Workshop cost £95+VAT
• The session time is 2 hours long.
• Maximum 35 students per session.
• Where possible, please book at least two weeks in advance.
• Call Jennifer Sobol, Learning Manager on 01274 737843 or email jennifersobol@impressions-gallery.com
• Special workshop price for Artsmark schools of £76+VAT (20% discount)