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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed: 24-26, 31 December & 1 January


Richmond, Yorkshire, J. M. W. Turner


Wednesday 28 June - Develop your Confidence with Painting

In this session you will: 

  • Work with museum educators and artists from Access Art
  • Explore creative and cross-curricular lines of enquiry
  • Go ‘behind the scenes’ at the museum to look at watercolour landscapes from the museum collection
  • Develop your knowledge of the work of different artists
  • Experiment with different painting techniques in the art studio


Teacher feedback from previous session:

‘Everyone was so friendly, and the session was well thought-out and resourced. And… muffins!! :)'

‘Was very inspirational and nice to get practical’, 

'I just want to go back and share all the ideas.'

‘Loved it, thank you :) ’


Cost: £10 
Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. 

To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email: . Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment. 



This event is in association with My Cambridge and AccessArt.


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