Facilities

  • Limited accessibility
  • Toilets
  • Lunch facilities
  • Coach parking
  • Coach drop off
  • Cafe
  • Gift shop

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Discover Kendal’s finest historic house and award winning art gallery. Exhibitions showcase a variety of works by a wealth of international artists. Georgian period rooms allow pupils to imagine what life was like in another time, with views of the River Kent and Kendal Castle. Get creative in the Art Studio with drawing and self-led activities. Exhibitions in the 2017-18 academic year include British Pop Art, 20th century British Art, Monet’s Haystacks, British sculptor Elizabeth Frink, plus work from our collection celebrating Royal Academy artists. Abbot Hall park and children’s play area are right next door.

Learning Sessions

People and Portraits

10.30am – 2.30pm KS1/2

What does a portrait tell us about a person? What is the significance of portraiture and why do museums collect these art works? Pupils investigate the paintings, identify symbols and meaning to learn about the people in the portraits at Abbot Hall. While creating a self-portrait and capturing the likeness of a classmate, pupils will develop
their observation, analysis, speaking and listening skills plus art terminology.

Landscape and the Lake District

10.30am – 2.30pm, KS1/2

Discover the tradition of landscape art in a region that has inspired artists for hundreds of years. Pupils will explore paintings by artists
including JMW Turner, John Ruskin and Kurt Schwitters. They will create landscape art and immerse themselves in a variety of scenes
and scenery; learn about colour, composition, perspective, mood and the artist’s process.

Lady Anne Clifford

2hrs KS1/2

Discover the life and times of Lady Anne Clifford through a monumental triptych painting from 1646. Born in 1590, Lady Anne’s
life spanned the publication of Shakespeare’s first recorded plays, the Gunpowder Plot, Galileo’s invention of the telescope, the
Mayflower landing in America, the Great Fire of London and she lived to the end of the Tudor dynasty, through the Civil War,
Commonwealth and Restoration period.
Pupils will study the details in the painting, made to celebrate Lady Anne’s legal victory as a woman to inherit 90,000 acres of
Westmorland.

Mini Curators

2hrs KS2

Interested in setting up an art exhibition in your school? Bring your class to Abbot Hall Art Gallery to find out about the origins of art galleries, what curators do and how they display and interpret art collections. Students will learn art history terminology, practice describing artwork and have a go at rearranging the collection! Piloted by Vicarage Park School, Kendal.

Monet Special Events Week

Claude Monet’s masterpiece Haystack: Snow Effect (1891) is coming to Abbot Hall!

In his lifetime, Monet painted a series of 30 haystack paintings capturing different effects through the seasons. We are running a series of artistic workshops inspired by the famous Impressionist’s use of colour and light. Bring your class to see this internationally significant artwork, on loan from National Galleries Scotland, and get creative!
Not to be missed and booking essential.
Email learning@lakelandarts.org.uk for dates and details.