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


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?


Activity 1: 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. 
Activity 2: Pupils will look at a variety of landscapes from different cultures and periods and create a mini landcape to take back to school.
Activity 3: Pupils will discover why artists began to move away from realistic representation of landscape after the invention of photgraphy. They will investigate different techniques used by artists, including abstract art and more about the role of colour in painting.