Performance, paintings and propaganda

Arts Award - Explore

Arts Award - Explore

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About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Classroom-based

Led by an experienced drama specialist, and using iconic paintings and portraits from the Tudor era as stimulus, children will take part in a series of drama activities that develop historical enquiry skills.

The session encourages children to consider how art can provide context and may be used to make historical claims.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Discover how art can be used as a record and can convey certain messages.
  • Learn about the concept of “public image” and propaganda.
  • Understand how art provides context and can be used to make historical claims.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.


  • Articulating and justifying answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Exploring the artistic practice of drama.

Booking information

Wednesday - Friday
10.45 & 12.45
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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