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Printing the Past

Be inspired by the beautiful designs and architecture in the Museum and create your own nature-inspired art prints!

Pupils will discover the beautiful 19th-century design and architectural features within the Rothschild Rooms at Gunnersbury. They will also discover objects from Gunnersbury’s Local Industry collections, including a printing block from the 19th-century Sanderson wall-covering factory and printed textiles from celebrated 20th-century designer, Joyce Clissold.

Taking inspiration from the natural world, children will make their own sketchbooks, practice sketching skills, develop their own designs, learn printing techniques, and work collaboratively to create artwork to take back to school.

"The leaders were excellent and explained the processes so even I understood!"
Bushey and Oxhey Infants
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £135 per workshop of up to 32 children

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Learning objective

To use a range of art materials creatively; to learn about the work of artists, craftspeople and designers; to use drawing and printing to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination.

National Curriculum links


  • Significant people and places in the locality


  • Spoken language and listening skills, increasing vocabulary