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National Gallery Tour for Kids: A World of Stories

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Tour Details
About the Tour
Duration
2 hours
Location
London
Photos & Highlights
  • Detailed explanation of stories that have inspired painters alongside interactive, family-friendly activities
  • Led by an art historian trained to work with children
  • National Gallery
Tour Description
Where You'll Start
Tour Experts
Maurizio
Simon
Hattie
21 Reviews (4.81)

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There was confusion about the meeting place which was frustrating and we explained to our docent. We thought our docent was fabulous and we would have loved to have spent more time with her. She was prepared to engage our children and was the perfect match for my eight year old daughter. We could not say enough good things about her.
Our docent was absolutely wonderful. She came prepared with tools/activities for the kids and clearly took time to think about how to engage them fully. The kids did an art work scavenger hunt (looking for specific items in paintings); a fun exercise in learning about perspective (each with their own 'frame'); took some time to sketch details from a painting onto a postcard (we received these when we arrived home much to their delight); and they connected fabrics painted on the canvas to fabric samples she provided. They had a terrific time, learned a great deal and are still talking about it. The content of the tour is also excellent insofar as it ends up being a journey through history via the art. It is a characteristic of the gallery, but our docent took full advantage waking the kids through pre-Renaissance art, to the Renaissance and perspective, to portraiture, to 18th and 19th century art. really well done on her part and the kids were able to make connections to other museums they have seen. When we later visited the Orsay, they were able to connect it back to a few of the Impressionist paintings they viewed at the National Gallery. A great family tour.
Our docent was lovely and excellent with the kids. She gave us a very fast but rich taste of the National Gallery that was perfect for our children's attention span (two hours). She had a "bag of tricks" to bring back their attention when it was flagging (let's draw, let's find the following five elements in these paintings, can you see what is behind the paint there?" etc. Thank you for a wonderful time! By the way, I wanted to pass on to our docent that the "Katie and the Impressionist" books we talked about, which are wonderful teaching tools for children and art and feature "Katie," a girl who "lives" adventures through paintings in museums, can be found at the gift shop in the National Gallery.