Teachers & lecturers
Work with specialists in our Learning team to devise bespoke learning opportunities for you and your students, whatever the subject and level of study
Schools & colleges
Bring your students to meet the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection of art and objects from across the world, spanning 5000 years of human creativity. From Tuesday – Friday, we welcome students to share ideas, to ask questions and to work with local artist educators in the galleries, Sculpture Park and studio. We believe that taking a hands-on approach develops creative thinking, critical analysis and active learning.
The Schools Programme works in partnership with UEA Outreach to enable widened access to exhibitions and artist-led activity in a University gallery.
We work with students of all ages. We always create opportunities for play, experimentation, reflection and debate.
See examples of our work in practice here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sainsburycentre/albums
We adapt our activities and themes to suit the needs of learners from schools and colleges, but here are some examples of what we can develop with you:
- Sustained looking at artworks and objects using students’ and teachers’ own knowledge and life experience as a starting point
- Finding your feet/ taking up space in the students’ local gallery, and introducing the idea of visiting outside of school groups
- Open-ended, enquiry-based group discussion in front of art works and objects, led by the team or self-guided with resources
- Facilitated object handling, exploring through touch
- Working alongside gallery learning specialists and local artist educators in the galleries and in the studio
- Hands on, opened-ended practical making (art/ performance/ writing/ music) which grow from ideas sparked by the collection. Led by an artist – exploring multiple and/or collaborative outcomes
- Group reflection on what was exciting, what was challenging and how we could take ideas further. Taking a step back – how did we, as learners, react to the experiences and activities
Themes & topics
Once you have an idea of the activities and topics for your visit, our schools team can work with you to shape and structure your time onsite at the Centre, or to develop this into a larger integrated project or programme
Get in touch with our schools team:
From one-off formative sessions to core modules, we co-design innovative learning initiatives with lecturers across disciplines including: medicine, photography, nursing and midwifery, creative writing, modern languages, physics, robotics, education, mathematics and psychology, as well as with central supporters of student learning. We believe that object handling and direct observation develops independent and active learning alongside creative and divergent thinking.
As a starting point for your research, here are some possible activities and suggested topics that drive our approach to students’ engagement with the collection. As we always work closely with lecturers these are indicative rather than exhaustive:
- Sustained looking at artworks and objects
- Open-ended questioning to elicit ideas, test and evidence opinions, and generate new questions
- Facilitated object handling, exploring through touch
- Examination of contextual material, including primary and secondary sources, to answer and refine questions
- Reflective discussion to highlight the validity of multiple viewpoints, the process of consensus building, and the challenges and rewards of dealing with ambiguity and complexity
- Creative making activities – including fiction, photography, ceramics, drawing, and textiles – to develop lines of inquiry through material play, experimentation, and design-thinking
- Reflective ‘debriefs’ exploring the links between learning in the gallery and discipline-based ideas, concepts, ways of thinking, and practice
Themes and topics
- The human body
- Man and nature
- Motherhood and fertility
- Death and ritual
- Visualising/interpreting inner states
- Pattern, colour and light
- Materials and materiality
- World regions: Africa; Europe; Native North America; Pacific; Latin America; Asia
- Time periods: Pre-Columbian; European, Asian and Egyptian antiquity; European Modernism; Contemporary
- Utility and ornament
- Gender and sexuality
- Faith and belief
- Power and conflict
- Borders and migration
- Aesthetics v Ethnography
Self-directed group visits
You are welcome to self-direct your student group visit to the Sainsbury Centre. Entry is free to the permanent collection. UEA and NUA students access all our exhibitions for free.
Don’t forget our Sculpture Park which includes works by Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick and provides an opportunity for exploring art outdoors set amongst the landscape and architecture of the University. Ask at the main gallery reception for a Sculpture Park trail map.
We run free, artist-led INSET events for teachers and develop bespoke training sessions for your school. Whether for a single department, school wide or for an academy cluster, get in touch to discuss options around holding INSET training at the Sainsbury Centre.
FREE CPD Day for Teachers on Tuesday 17 March 2020. 10am-3.30pm
Look with Your Eyes, Not With Your Hands – Sensory Learning and Glass Cases
Why is sight so privileged in the Sainsbury Centre? How does seeing art behind glass frames and in locked cabinets impact on student art practice? Work with the schools team and two artists to explore how we can expand our engagement with art in galleries through multi-sensory approaches. This day-long session will be positioned towards educators working with students with SEND, however all are very welcome to join this investigation of sensory engagement within creative learning.
Free ticket includes entry to the ‘Art Deco by the Sea’ exhibition, refreshments (but not lunch), and workshops with two local artists. Advance booking essential.