York Art Gallery Downloads

York Art Gallery Downloads

We have a number of downloadable resources and teachers’ packs connected to the works throughout the gallery. These downloadable resources are for groups planning a self-guided visit around the museum. Just click on the title and print out as many copies as you like to bring along.


‘Looking at Art’ Teacher Notes

Ideas for self-led visits based on the swatch card guide ‘Looking at Art.’ If you would like to borrow a class set of the guides please enquire on booking.


A Resource Pack for Secondary Schools

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words: Exploring Art, Expanding Literacy

Writing about art doesn’t have to be dry and stuffy. Art is all about creativity – so writing about art should be creative too.  This resource pack will help you and your class to focus on one work of art and inspire your students to write creatively through a series of games and activities. They could write a poem, a story, a play, a radio drama – it’s up to them. And they may even want to perform it…

Based on a project inspired by Ron Mueck’s sculpture Youth 2009 and delivered by poet Antony Dunn to pupils from Joseph Rowntree School, York at York Art Gallery. Funded by the Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards (MRLA) in 2016/17. Click on the link above to access the resource.

MRLA is a programme conceived by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust in memory of the publisher, Max Reinhardt. It has been developed with the support of Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) to enable galleries, art museums and visual arts venues to support a dedicated programme of creative writing and literacy work with schools. The Awards are funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Ernest Cook Trust.


Resources to Support the Delivery of Arts Award:

Explore York Art Gallery Worksheet – This has been developed to support schools delivering Arts Award Explore or Bronze, helping students to find out about what the gallery does as an arts organisation.


Arts Heroes Fact Sheets

Help students to find out more about artists whose work is on display in the gallery, with activity suggestions to extend students’ research and experience. Use these sheets on a gallery visit or in the classroom, to support the delivery of Arts Award Discover, Explore or Bronze.

Felicity Aylieff

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Sir Anthony van Dyck (please note there are currently no works by Sir Anthony van Dyck on display)

Sir Jacob Epstein

William Etty

William Alfred Ismay

Gwen John

Laurence Stephen Lowry

Paul Nash

Dame Lucie Rie

Paul Robeson