Art Inspirations: Sketching the Sea

Sammy offer reduced recpetion

Visitor notice: From Monday 6 August – Friday 24 August there will be a reduced reception service at the park side entrance of the museum. Please excuse this disruption as we prepare for the opening of our four new galleries in September. Find out more about our new galleries

Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
School subject: 
National Maritime Museum
Session times: 
Tuesdays at 10.15 and 12.30
Session price: 
£60 (maximum 30 students)

How do artists paint the sea?

At the Queen’s House we have a world-class collection of paintings to help answer that question. For centuries, artists have tried to capture the nose-tingling freshness and the ever-changing colours of water. 

Sketching the sea takes children on an eye-opening journey to explore how different artists have painted and responded to the drama of life at sea.

The session, led by a practicing artist, encourages children to think and talk about how paintings and objects tell stories before creating three-dimensional sketchbooks to take back to school.

This session can be adapted for Key Stages 1 and 2. Sessions last 90 minutes.

PDF iconKS1 Sketching the Sea outline

PDF iconKS2 Sketching the sea outline

Book a session

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone  enquiry in the first instance. To book a visit telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail 

Complete an exciting day of activities by choosing up to two of the following free options when you make your booking:

Great Map

Children’s Galleries

Museum Trail

Complete your day with a world trip on the Great Map.

Hoist the sails and fire a cannon at pesky pirates in our children's galleries:

KS1 - Ahoy! (0-7 years)

KS2 - All Hands children's gallery

Provided free with a pre-booked session. Please download and print if making an independent self-led visit with your class. 

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