Between 2017 and 2022, Art UK photographed tens of thousands of images of sculptures inside public collections and out in the public realm across the UK. From small figures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska to large outdoor sculptures like The Kelpies, these can now be enjoyed on our website. To celebrate this, we've gathered together a selection of our favourite Art UK learning resources created as part of this sculpture digitisation project, as well as favourites from our partner collections.
Sculpture in museums and galleries
Masterpieces in Schools
Throughout our Sculpture digitisation programme, we brought over 70 sculptures from museum and gallery collections into schools across the UK as part of our Masterpieces in Schools initiative. Many of these events have since inspired rich lesson plan and activity ideas on Art UK with photographic guides throughout. The following is a list of some of our favourites.
Weave a sensory sculpture (SEND)
Experimental painting with eggs (Primary)
Lorna Graves and sculpture in relief (SEND / Primary / Secondary)
Animals and us: Kenny Hunter's animal sculptures (Secondary)
Home School: pop-up crime scene collage (Secondary)
Home School: take flight with a winged sculpture (Secondary)
Sculpture in focus
We also partnered with CultureStreet to create a series of 'Sculpture in focus' films featuring young people exploring sculpture in their local area. The majority of these films focus on sculpture in museums and galleries with some inspiring the following lesson plan ideas.
Dora Gordine and portraiture (Secondary)
Lobster Telephone and Surrealism (Secondary)
Henry Moore's Family Group and Harlow (Secondary)
Our partner, Vocal Eyes have created a series of audio descriptions of works from museums and galleries in various regions across the UK as part of our sculpture digitisation project. These are particularly useful for older secondary students, as well as students who are blind or visually impaired. We've listed some of our favourites below.
Outdoor and public sculpture
Sculpture near you
As part of our Sculpture Project, we invited schools across the country to create their own four-minute film celebrating a 'Sculpture near you'. Many of these films focus on outdoor sculptures and some of these have accompanying lesson plan ideas, such as the following selection.
Animate public sculpture, inspired by Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman (Primary / Secondary)
Hitchcock's Reel and the art of film (Secondary)
Sculpture Around You and Sculpture Trails
We also ran a series of Sculpture Around You events in communities which led to the creation of the Sculpture Counts card game as well as the online documentation of several public trails, such as with Public Art Dundee.
Download the Sculpture Counts card game (Primary / Secondary)
Sculptors and sculptural techniques
Our 'Sculptors' techniques' films were created with CultureStreet and focus on contemporary sculptors and the techniques they employ in their designs across a range of mediums. We’ve highlighted some of our favourites below.
During the coronavirus pandemic, we switched to working on a series of sculpture-inspired home learning resources, including a series of interviews and activity demonstrations with renowned UK sculptors.
Make a colour sculpture with Ania Bas (Primary)
Create a wire hybrid creature with Fiona Campbell (Primary / Secondary)
Create a softer world with Brendan Jamison (Primary / Secondary)
Make a dazzle sculpture with Lisa Traxler (Primary / Secondary)
Make a landscape sculpture with Mary Bourne (Secondary)
Resources from our Partner collections
Here is a selection of our favourite resources from partner collections whose sculptures are featured on Art UK.