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Afterschool Webinar Events 

We have a series of regular CPD webinars available as part of our new digital offer. These will be hosted each term for teaching, teaching assistants and trainee teachers to sign up to at a low cost of £10 per person (or at the reduced rate of £5 per person if your school has signed up to our virtual schools membership scheme). For full details of these virtual CPD events, please visit our new virtual schools website:  

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum offers INSET days where primary school teachers can enjoy the outstanding collection of artworks, while learning new art skills and ideas to take back to the classroom.

The purpose of the day is to encourage teachers who may feel under-confident about teaching art, but it is also an opportunity for colleagues to spend time together where they can have fun!

Morning session 10 – 12.30

Choose from 1 or 2

Drawing Skills and Techniques

Participants will get to see an assortment of paintings covering a variety of subject areas including portraits, landscapes, still-life and abstract art. Using the paintings as inspiration, teachers will be given the opportunity to do their own sketching while learning essential drawing concepts and techniques.

Stories through Art

Teachers will be introduced to the art collection and shown how drawings, paintings and sculptures can be used to tell stories. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy role play as they discover creative ways to engage with artworks and then use them to boost literacy skills. There will be also an opportunity to learn drawing skills and techniques using the works of art as inspiration.

Lunchtime 12.30 - 1.30

Teachers can bring their own lunches or enjoy the Herbert’s café Alfred’s which provides a variety of hot and cold meals. There will also be time to explore the galleries.

Afternoon Session 1.30 – 3.30

Choose from 1 or 2

Giant Group Collage

Using a Herbert painting for inspiration, teachers will work together to draw and create a giant collage, which can later be re-displayed at school. A great idea for a classroom project with children.


Looking at sculptures within the galleries, participants will learn about different artists and techniques and will make their own clay model to take away.

The cost of an INSET day is £500 for up to 20 teachers (a discounted price of £400 for 20 teachers is available when also booking two learning sessions for pupils). Additional teachers can join the session for £20 per head, up to a maximum of 25.

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