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Once again, the gallery has a great line-up of workshops and storytelling inspired by selection of paintings from the gallery’s collection.  Either visit the museum in person or online. The sessions are designed for all ages and sure to keep them occupied during the 6 week break.

Here’s a taster of what’s in store. Be sure to book ahead as pre-booked workshops do sell out fast:


Under 5’s

Look, listen, and make some noise!  

Join Paul Rubinstein, musician and early years facilitator, to sing-along a story about a painting.  

Paul performs live and guides grown-ups and little ones through fun, simple techniques to try at home and how to bring National Gallery pictures to life.

This holiday they’ll step inside Paolo Uccello’s epic painting ‘The Battle of San Romano’ and explore this victorious landscape using all our senses.   

Book here for Tuesday 3rd August, 11 – 11.30am

Online only - The session will take place online, via Zoom, and will last about 30 minutes. 



Tuesday 24th August, 11am – 12pm

Take time out together as a family and be transported into a painting through mindful looking and drawing

After a chaotic and uncertain year, take a moment to reconnect together and find a new pace for summer. Sample mindfulness techniques and simple drawing activities, suitable for grown-ups and children alike. 

Ignite your senses as we explore a painting though guided slow-looking, and sketch along with artist Julia Deering. Experiment with some creative drawing exercises to complement mindful looking. 

This holiday we’ll travel to a peaceful hillside overlooked by The Fortress of Königstein painted by the artist Bernardo Bellotto. Try mindfully ‘drawing with scissors’ and respond to the painting by creating some simple collages.


Online session is FREE, via Zoom, and will last about an hour.  Book a space here

Materials you'll need:

4 x A5 sheets of paper – different colours or types (e.g. newspaper, brown paper)

4 x A5 sheets of plain paper, Scissors, Gluestick, Pencil, Rubber, A post-it note (or piece of paper about the size of a post-it note).


Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 11 am - 12 pm BST

Story studio brings the family fun of Gallery storytelling sessions and making workshops to you in the comfort of your own home.  

Listen in as storyteller Fiona Alderton tells the tale behind a painting. Then get creative together and follow along as artist Marc Woodhead shows you how to create a story-inspired artwork. Help to finish the tale with your imagination and share what you’ve created. 

This holiday we’ll step inside Paolo Uccello’s epic painting ‘The Battle of San Romano’ and explore this victorious landscape together. Create your own pop-up picture book and use your imagination to sketch what might be happening over the hill and beyond the frame.

The session will take place online, via Zoom, and will last about an hour. 



Fiona Alderton is a Gallery Educator and storyteller. With a background in performing, she writes and gives sessions for adults and children, including commissions for various organisations such as the National Portrait Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, and the Royal Opera House in London.

Marc Woodhead is an artist, art historian, and Gallery Educator. He was awarded the International Artist in Residence at Guernsey Art College in 2010, and runs his own tour company for adults, Art History for Independent Travellers. Marc also teaches at the National Portrait Gallery and the Wallace Collection.


The event is FREE. You can book a space here