New in 2021

Explore the house

Visit must include the house

Discover the house with our learning team who will facilitate a visit linked to history or art and design in this interactive 90-minute experience. There are two tour options for secondary students, linking to specific areas of study:

  • History: ancient, early modern and modern
  • Art & design

Curriculum Links: history, art & design


We have created school only timeslots in January and February 2021, for you and your pupils or students to enjoy a curriculum-linked and interactive experience in the house. These are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19 January to 25 February beginning at 10am.

Contact us for more information.

Arts engagement

Art workshops last two hours unless otherwise stated and include an interactive talk and practical art-making activities; sessions are designed to enhance visual literacy and develop technical and creative skills.

Portraits and identity

To celebrate the 2020 Life Stories exhibition at Chatsworth, learners will develop historic, contextual and observational skills and specialist vocabulary as a tool for looking at portraiture and identity. This session will focus on the context of portraiture in art and explore the relevance of media and technique to compose their own responses. 

Students will discuss the notion of self-identity and experiment with a range of drawing media and photo montage techniques, to create representations of themselves through visual and critical language. The session will conclude with an evaluative group discussion reflecting on their learning and the creative process.

Curriculum links: English, PSHE, art & design


Visit can include the house, garden and/or farmyard

In this session, learners will develop observational drawing skills and specialist vocabulary as a tool for looking and thinking about art in new waysFollowing observation and drawing with a focus on line, shape and space to compose their images, students will then experiment with printmaking and the use of collagraph printing techniques in the learning centre. 

Curriculum links: art, design, English, PSHE

Sculpture at Chatsworth

Visit must include the house

Use a range of looking, drawing and analysis techniques to explore a selection of classical and contemporary sculptural objects. This session includes observational drawing skills taking place inside the house and/or the gardens.  Learners will be introduced to a select range of 3D objects to study. Learners will practice drawing from observation and making visual notes through mark making and reflective annotation.  These drawings and marks will be used as a basis for a 3D sculptural interpretation, demonstrating an appreciation of form and manipulation of materials.

Curriculum links: art, design, English, PSHE

Plan your visit


For more information about our learning sessions and to discuss curriculum links, email us at or call us on 01246 565341.