Workshop Menu

20-21 offers an education service with creativity and learning at its core, complimenting our rich and changing exhibition programme. We welcome all schools, colleges and alternative education groups and offer a wide range of workshops and activities to suit most school requirements.

Booking an education service with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ensures a unique quality experience that is continually evaluated by pupils and school teachers to guarantee value for money. Our beautiful building with creative and historical architecture, offers a unique venue for your pupils to be inspired and creative.
Our Education Officer is on hand to discuss how 20-21 can accommodate your needs, please contact 01724 297070 or email for an informal chat.
Inspired by our current exhibitions, all workshops explore materials and themes presented by contemporary artists. Workshops are available throughout the school year and are designed to compliment the school curriculum. All workshops feature current exhibition visits, where possible.

Angels and Gargoyles
This workshop is available all year round and focuses on exploring sculpture and methods used to create 3D objects. It includes looking at our sculpture handling collection and a tour of the angels and gargoyles of 20-21’s church building. Children create their own angel or gargoyle using air drying clay.
Suitable for all key stages.
Half day workshop (2 hours).
Available as outreach.
Popping Portraits
This full day workshop will see children being challenged to recreate The Factory, Andy Warhol’s famous studio space. Pupils complete portraits of classmates, discuss themes of pop art and popular culture, as well as experiencing screen printing and the equipment involved in this printing method. A vibrant, exciting and interesting workshop that sees children go home with their very own Andy Warhol style screen printed portrait!
“The children absolutely loved the trip, thank you so much for inspiring them, we have already done a follow up art lesson this week looking at portraits and proportion, and you can see how much they have learnt since the trip!” – KS2 teacher from Burton Stather Primary School
Full day workshop (4 hours).
Available as outreach.

Shadow Puppetry
Our most popular workshop has pupils and teachers becoming shadows in a shadow puppet performance! Witness as dramatic storylines unfold before your very eyes, using shadow and light manipulation. Children become set designers, narrators, lighting technicians and actors while using our specialised equipment.

“It was really clever how you mixed our dragon topic with a shadow puppet way. We have learnt how much work goes into shadow puppets and what makes shadows and light.” – KS2 pupil from Bottesford Junior School.
Half day workshop (2 hours)
Available as outreach.

Everyday Objects
Inspired by one of most popular exhibitions, Everyday Objects has a giggle with Jason Taylor’s designs and unusual creations, using household findings. Pupils learn about Jason’s self set challenge to create an object everyday for a whole year. We examine the properties and possibilities behind things we see everyday and create temporary structures in teams. Pupils create a Straw Leafed Clover and a Flyer Flower while thinking about themes of repetition, recycling and determination in design.
“The children were engaged and inspired, so were the adults!” – KS2 teacher from Brumby Junior School.
Half day workshop (2 hours)
Available as outreach.

Bespoke packages
More often than not, we receive requests to fit a specific topic or classroom subject. Bespoke workshops take in an exhibition visit and cover the requested topic while challenging pupils to think like artists for the day. Prices vary depending on class sizes and workshop duration. Get in touch for more details.

Artist Led Workshops
We have a vast group of artists that we work with here at 20-21, who each come highly recommended. Contact our Education Officer for an informal chat on what artist would best suit your requirements. All artists come at varied costs and can build workshops bespoke to your needs. 

Tours and Talks
Be they self guided or lead by our trained Education Officer, tours and talks are a popular way for school and college groups to experience contemporary art in our gallery spaces.

All tours should be booked through our Education Officer, who can offer guidance in ensuring you get the most out of your visit.

Guided Tour
20-21 lead tours and are developed to guide students through themes, materials and subjects featured in various current exhibitions.
Artist Talk
If you want to enrich your visit with a talk from an exhibiting artist, we can do our best to make a booking for you.

Self Guided Tour
Self Guided Tours are a FREE offer to all groups, without the use of the activity table. We advise booking with us, so we can greet you on arrival.
FREE Self Guided Tour Packs are a popular tool to accompany your exhibition tour. These are available by contacting us on
It is possible to book the use of the Education Room for lunches or self-lead activities that coincide with your visit. This comes at a cost of £10 an hour between 10am and 4pm.

Teacher Training
20-21 can design teacher training packages to best suit your school. These packages can be offered as outreach, or as a visit to 20-21. Let us help you embed arts across the curriculum and introduce you to unusual methods, equipments and themes to inspire creativity across your school. 
Teacher Twilight
20-21 run Teacher Twilight sessions that consider curriculum links to major exhibitions in the gallery spaces. These sessions are delivered with advice and facilitation from AST’s.
Teacher Twilights are FREE and are advertised through this blog and our e-newsletters.
Embedding Arts
We have recently completed a pilot project, working with a primary school in Immingham to embed arts across the curriculum. The project included training 15 teachers at the beginning of summer term and delivering similar workshops to the whole school at the end of half term. The project proved very successful and cost effective for the school, including visits to the centre and numerous outreach workshops with each year group.
For details on developing a similar project, get in touch:

Loan Packs
Working with art and design teachers from KS1 and KS2, 20-21 have created three new loan packs to help you keep costs down, in school. Demonstrations on using any of the equipment can be arranged at an additional cost.

Shadow Puppet Kit
On the back of the success of our shadow puppet workshops, we have made an equipment kit available for hire that includes all the equipment to make your own theatrical shadow performances in school.

Screen Printing Kit
Screen printing is quick, vibrant, exciting and allows for children to mass produce their images.
This kit includes several screens, squeegees and inks along with suggested ideas for activities.

Batik Kit
Batik is a method of textile design traditionally associated with Indian textiles. Batik uses melted wax and special tools to draw and dye fabrics.

Facilities for schools
For information on our gift shop and accessing the venue, see Visitor Information.

School Exhibition
Why not book the education room for an exhibition in a professional art setting? Get in touch for more information.
Cost: Variable, contact us for more details.

Email list
We have gone green! To cut down on printing and help play our part in saving the environment we are aiming to use email to send out our education newsletter. We send out emails to keep you up to date with education news, forthcoming workshops and events.
If you would like to be added to our email mailing list please send your name, school and preferred email address to  Email addresses supplied will only be used to send out education related news.