Schools workshop: Create a character (KS1 to KS2) — Impressions Gallery

Taking inspiration from our exhibition Autofictions by Trish Morrissey, pupils will create their own fictional character in this hands-on creative workshop.

Throughout her career, artist Trish Morrissey has used performance, photography, and film to play real and fictional characters often staging photographs and putting herself in the picture.

At the start of the workshop, pupils will become photography ‘detectives’, exploring the exhibition to look for different characters, and finding clues in the photographs that tell us more about who they are.

In the second part of the workshop, pupils will think creatively to develop their own fictional characters. Working in pairs, they’ll think about how their character might feel, behave, look, and what clothing they might wear.

In the final part of the workshop, pupils will dress up as their characters using props and craft materials. They’ll be invited to step into our photo booth to stage their own photograph that brings their character to life! All photographs will be sent back to the school.

Curriculum areas
Art and Design, English, History

Learning outcomes:

Pupils will:

  • Learn about the artist and their artwork.
  • Use creative techniques, such as craft and photography.
  • Produce creative work and explore ideas.
  • Create their own fictional character and consider different characteristics.
  • Deepen their understanding of fiction and non-fiction and create their own story.


Booking details

  • This workshop is available until 13 October 2023.
  • Workshop cost £120+VAT.
  • Special price for Artsmark schools of £96+VAT (20% discount).
  • The session time is 2 hours long.
  • Maximum 35 students per session.
  • Where possible, please book at least two weeks in advance.
  • To book call Jennifer Sobol, Learning Manager on 01274 737843 or email