News from the Learning Department

News from the Learning Department brings you stories about Learning Programmes covering all audiences: families, young people, schools and teachers, higher education students, adults, communities, and the creative industries. Our team of writers will take you behind the scenes of our programmes and bring you highlights of our events.

The Learning Department programmes events, activities, courses and projects to inspire creativity in all of our audiences. We also manage gallery interpretation, residency programmes and evaluation.

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Guest blog post: Introduction to Wearables

By Anna Blumenkranz and Emilie Giles When we imagine wearable technology we might think about activity trackers such as the Fitbit or clothing which can be swiped to give us information such as the Google and Levi Commuter Trucker Jacket. However, there is also a playful and DIY-craft-based approach to wearable technology. We ran a two […]

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Drawing is Thinking on a Page

The V&A’s collections offer amazing opportunities for school students to develop research and drawing skills. Here’s a recent article I wrote for AD Magazine (Spring 2017, Issue 18, published by the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), that tells you more… A sketch by Sir Joseph Paxton of the structure that housed the […]

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Lansbury Micro Museum – Year 6 Ceramic Tile Project and Teachers’ Sanctuary

  In January, a class of thirty Year 6 pupils from the Lansbury Lawrence Primary School were invited to participate in a month-long project with the V&A exploring the history of the Lansbury Estate, the historic significance of their Grade II listed school and the ceramic tile designs of artist Peggy Angus. Formerly the ‘Susan Lawrence Primary’ and ‘Elizabeth Lansbury […]

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Photography – Self and Other

By guest blogger Grace Gelder This one-day workshop explored different approaches to portrait photography, both of ourselves and others with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between the photographer and subject. After introductions, we began with a tour of the temporary display A History of Photography: The Body, and focused on seven of the images […]

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Lansbury Micro Museum- New Horizons

  We are pleased to announce that the next instalment of the exhibition series Neighbourhood Number Nine launches at the end of this month at the Lansbury Micro Museum. The exhibition New Horizons 1950s – 1980s considers the changing nature of the Lansbury neighbourhood over four tumultuous decades in the East End, addressing the impacts […]

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‘Door to Design’ successful take-off with more than 500 school children and over 50 parents.

Linked to the exciting Exhibition Road development to create a new entrance and courtyard for the Museum which is due to open later this year, the V&A’s Learning Department has received funding for the next three years from John Lyon’s Charity to support its programme for Primary Schools and Families.  The grant funds ‘Door to Design’ […]

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Graphic Gathering – Records, Rebels & Radio 1

Graphic Gathering is the V&A’s annual graphic design challenge for secondary school students. Running for five years now, the competition is designed to give students a taste of professional practice and help prepare them for higher or further education and work in the creative industries through answering a live brief. Each year we set the […]

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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A – part 2

Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A

Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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“Play the GIF” with Andi Concha: V&A Samsung Digital Classroom

The latest V&A Samsung Digital Classroom saw Andi Concha come along to the museum to lead a workshop in creating GIF animations. GIFs are ubiquitous online as a way of bringing moving images into webpages and are almost as old as the net itself. Recently there has been a resurgence in their popularity as they […]

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