National Curriculum Subject Area/s: Art, Geography, potential for cross-curricular work
Length of session: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Max group size: 30 pupils plus a minimum of 3 adults to assist in group activities
Booking essential


During the session pupils will consider these questions:

  • What is a landscape?
  • Why do people paint landscapes?
  • How have landscape paintings changed over time and how are they different in different cultures?
  • What materials and techniques do artists use?


In this interactive session pupils will:
  • Explore one of the earliest surviving landscape paintings from the Western Art tradition, and handle examples of some of the objects that can be seen in the painting.
  • Look at a variety of landscapes from different cultures and periods and create a mini landcape to take back to school.
  • Discover why artists began to move away from realistic representation of landscape after the invention of photgraphy.
  • Investigate different techniques used by artists.
  • Explore abstract art and discover more about the role of colour in painting.


Contact for Early Years, Key Stage 1 & 2 programmes:
Clare Coleman, Education Officer: Early Years to Key Stage 2

Tel: +44 (0)1865 288077 
Email: clare.coleman@ashmus.ox.ac.uk