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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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Schools’ Outreach Project

A Midsummer Night’s Dream rehearsal. Photo by Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The ‘Peter Brook Archive to Action’ Schools’ project, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, formally began this term on the 2nd October when the 18 project partners were all invited to the V&A for a Twilight session. We were delighted to see so many teachers, museum educators and theatre practitioners attend, each of whom […]

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Samsung Digital Classroom: Digital Illustration with Amy Brown

face - Ishaa Lobo

  Last week Brighton based illustrator Amy Brown came to the V&A to run a Samsung Digital Classroom session with us looking at digital illustration and collage. Groups were set two briefs which they could choose to work on: designing a gig poster for a fictional New Year’s Eve event or creating a range of […]

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Is Innovation just for the Tech sector and NOT for the Arts?

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This is a guest post by Bhavani Esapathi, a Writer & Speaker on Digital Innovation within the Cultural Sector. Bhavani was invited to host a discussion about innovation as part of the Digital Design Weekend 2015. So we ventured out for a whole weekend to talk about innovation during the Digital Design Weekend via the project Designing […]

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Digital Portfolios: Six Tips for Designing your Portfolio for University and College Applications

Designing a grid layout in Adobe Photoshop © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  Creating your perfect portfolio can be tough, so here are six simple tips to create one that works. Applications to university and college courses can be a daunting process and increasingly, one of the requirements for an interview and entry is the submission of a digital portfolio. Although traditional physical portfolio making is part […]

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Pop-Up Darkroom on Exhibition Road

This is a guest blog by Almudena Romero, visual artist and photography teacher. My team and I took part in the V&A’s one-day careers event for schools, Creative Quarter, on Friday 13 November. We put up a pop-up darkroom on Exhibition Road to celebrate the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibitions at the V&A (opening 28 November) […]

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Texture & Textiles, Fabric of India Display


Making from scratch a print by using my own design, being able to express myself artistically and displaying our work at the V&A has been really fantastic Texture & Textiles explored the range of textile techniques in the V&A Fabric of India exhibition. Led by artist Raksha Patel sixteen workshop sessions across London boroughs with local residents and community […]

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Place and Repeat: Behind the scenes at Blythe House


This is a guest blog by Intoart about their current research and artistic development programme ‘Place and Repeat’. Six artists from Intoart are engaging with the V&A collections over seven months, Sept 2015– March 2016 to make new visual artwork that will be realised as unique fabric designs. The resulting printed fabrics will include silk, […]

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Fabric of India: Texture and Textiles


Over a series of workshops, V&A Learning has invited a community of collaborators to explore traditional ways of making and the crafts employed in Indian textile manufacture. Together with artist Raksha Patel practical workshops prepare for a shared exhibition of work to be hosted at the V&A in Nov 2015, as part of the Festival of […]

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Digital Design Weekend 2015

Prototyping marathon, Digital Futures UKMX, Centro de Cultura Digital

The Digital Programmes’ big annual event as part of LDF is back and after months of planning and a few frantic weeks of preparations, we are looking forward to some exciting events this coming Saturday and Sunday. This year’s theme and projects are focussing on citizen design, engagement and participation and it all started in Mexico! […]

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DAY 3 @ the V&A: Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

Platform Shoes, Vivian Westwood, 1993

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Today’s day at the V&A involved taking my international students […]

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