Brantwood is the historic home of the renowned Victorian John Ruskin, famous as an art critic, artist, writer, social reformer. Overlooking Coniston Water, the house and 250 acre estate enjoys a spectacular setting. Explore Ruskin’s ideas through a range of activities developed specifically for schools and which embody his principles of vivid experience, sharp observation and contemplation. The Coach House Loft provides a beautiful space as a base for schools during their visit. Our activities are designed to enable schools to be self sufficient on site, and Brantwood staff are on hand to meet and greet groups on their arrival.
Sketching Trail – explore the Brantwood buildings, grounds and gardens, stopping regularly to observe and record images
Natural Bookmarks – take a journey around the gardens and collect tiny natural items to create a unique bookmark.
Nature’s Palette – use natural materials to explore the colours and pigments that can be found in nature.
Magic Potions – collect a selection of natural
magical objects to create a magic potion.
Visit John Ruskin’s Victorian home and imagine what life was like in the 1800’s. Activity sheets in each room and house quiz available.
Discover why rocks ring with Brantwood’s 20th century version of Ruskin’s slate lithophone. An opportunity to play our rock lithophone as well as explore the geology of the stones using a computerised iRock. Activities designed for schools available.