Art Inspirations: Sketching the Sea

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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