This workshop will begin with a tour of Romilly Saumarez Smith’s exhibition ‘Loss, Rediscovery and Rearrangement’  and will encourage children to look more closely using a variety of activity sheets. The activities are designed to give the children clues about how to look at the work and how to develop their own tastes and judgments. The sheets will focus on aesthetic awareness in relation to colour, texture, pattern, shape and structure.

After the exhibition tour,  a practical session will follow, taking place in our Education Room.

During the practical session, children will create a treasure box. Working in pairs they will be given a design brief from their partner. The children will follow the design brief and create their partner’s treasure box. The workshop will encourage collaboration with a classmate, along with exploring and experimenting with different materials, while learning new hand skills.

They will:

  • Discuss ideas of what kind of treasure box designs you could have
  • Discover different materials and techniques on how to adorn the treasure box
  • Design a brief of their choice for a special treasure box
  • Work in pairs to create each other’s treasure boxes
  • Show and discuss the treasure boxes made.

Want to know more? Download our Treasure Boxes School Workshop Information or contact our Education & Engagement Manager Dayle Green on or call 01909 501 700.


This workshop is suitable for Key Stage 1 & 2 children. We welcome visits from school staff prior to the workshop and the Education and Engagement Manager would be happy to give you a tour of the exhibition and education facilities. Sessions are suitable for a maximum of 30 children, plus teaching staff.

The Education & Engagement Manager will welcome your party at the Gallery doors when you arrive at 10.00am and take you on a tour of the exhibition before being guided up to our Education Room for the workshop.

Please make sure to read the workshop information pack before booking, and please read our guidelines for your visit before attending your workshop.