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Specialist Sessions

We have a changing programme of exhibitions and projects here at Harewood and there is always something new to discover!  Inspired by new exhibitions in the House, or a particular project or focus in the Gardens and Bird Garden, we offer sessions and experiences for schools and colleges which sit alongside our year-round core programme.

Take a look at our special programmes for 2020, celebrating 50 years of the Bird Garden, focusing on well-being and the benefits of connecting with nature.



Mindful Making and Beautiful Birds

Working with artist Jo Blaker, this session is all about paying attention to and appreciating our native and exotic birds, and by doing so, nurturing our own well-being and creativity.  We’ll be observing, drawing and taking part in mindful activities outdoors as well as experimenting with different creative techniques and materials, from mono-printing to working with wire.  The session will look at bio-diversity and plumage as inspiration


1.5 hour/3.5 hour workshop, including lunch

Curriculum links: Art & Design, PHSE, Science




Harewood Inspired: Art and Mindful Making

Satrurday 28th March, 11 – 4pm

Aimed at teachers and educators with an interest in art and creativity, this artist-led workshop will explore Harewood as inspiration for your teaching, creativity and well-being.

Inspired by our own native birds and bird collection and the natural surroundings of Harewood, the session will encourage us to experience Harewood through art, making and mindfulness in the outdoors.

Artist Jo Blaker will give prompts and activity ideas, using drawing and other media as a way into feeling well, creative and connected to nature.  Throughout the day, we’ll be making work outdoors, in the bird garden and around the site as well as studio-based activities.

Providing participants with space to be creative, to reflect on what interests you as an artist and to share skills and techniques, this day is a perfect way to recharge your creative batteries.  We’ll also look at how you can take ideas back into the classroom through project work or schemes of work inspired by Harewood.

All materials are provided but you are welcome to bring a sketchbook.

£25 per person, including admission

Places must be booked in advance.  For more information and to book, click here.



Craft Workshops

Craftsmanship and beautiful objects are all around us at Harewood.  Craft is a huge part of our history and our future.  These craft-focused sessions are all about giving children and young people a taste for making and the satisfaction of making something well, with skill and imagination.

Crafting Patterns

Work with artist, Harriet Lawton, to explore Harewood through the eyes of a designer. Groups can choose to take inspiration from the interior of Harewood House or, in celebration of 50 years of the Bird Garden, from our many bright, colourful and beautiful birds.  Pupils will create their own designs in a range of media, including print-making and textiles.  Part of the day includes sketching and collecting visual information from the House or outside in the Bird Garden.

This is a practical day for pupils to be inspired, learn new skills and enjoy a process of making which can be developed back in school.

All materials are included but feel free to bring your own sketchbook.


1.5 hour / 3.5 hour workshop, including lunch

Curriculum links: Art & Design, History, Science, PHSE


Harriet Lawton is a contemporary craft artist and artist-educator based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.  Her practice is inspired by objects and collections, using processes which include textiles, ceramic, screen print and laser cutting.