The Grand Tour- activities

Here are some activities inspired by The Grand Tour exhibition which can be viewed here.


Activity #1 - Collage

Inspired by the beautiful landscape picture, ‘On the Rhine' by Samuel Prout, shown right, we have made our own collage scene using magazines and paper. 

You could make your own collage landscape of the painting or your garden or somewhere you have been.


You will need:

  • old magazines
  • paper
  • card
  • glue
  • scissors
  • pens


activity 2


STEP ONE: Tear up pieces of paper to form your picture's background 

STEP TWO: Select some pictures from magazines or newspapers and cut them out

STEP THREE: Arrange on your card

STEP FOUR: Carefully stick each piece in place

Activity #2 - Sculpture

Feeling inspired by scenes painted at Lake Lugano in Switzerland by G.Dolby, shown to the right? 

Try out a craft linked to two of Switzerland's famous sculptors - Alberto Giacometti and Valentin Carron. 

Have a go and if you place a torch on them you could also draw the shadow of your sculpture on the paper too.


You will need:

  • pipe cleaners
  • silver foil
  • paper
  • sellotape



STEP ONE: Bend your pipe cleaners to make the shape for the person

STEP TWO: Carefully wrap your figure loosely in silver foil

STEP THREE: Secure the foil with some sellotape if needed, or it may just hold itself closed

STEP FOUR: Try making a small dog or animal to go with your figure, or more figures.


Activity #3 - Drawing

The Temple of Theseus by James Müller, shown right, has inspired our theme of Greece by drawing our own Ancient Greek vase.

Make it as easy or tricky as you like.

You could also search online to find out more about Greek Myths to inspire your design.


You will need:

  • pencil
  • pens
  • card


Draw your vase outline first, then create your design and colour it in.


Activity #4 - Mosaic

The design of the Piece Hall, shown right, was influenced by the art  and architecture from Ancient Rome.

The floors of Roman buildings were often richly decorated with mosaics. There are also mosaic floors at Bankfield Museum, look out for them when you next visit.

Many mosaics captured scenes from everyday Roman life and to afford them was a statement of wealth and importance.

Have a go at creating your own mosaic.

You will need:

  • scissors
  • magazines
  • coloured paper
  • paper or card to stick them to
  • glue

Cut out lots of squares from coloured paper or magazines and lay them out to make patterns and pictures on your piece of paper or card. Once you've laid them out how you'd like them on your page, carefully stick each one down.



Activity #5 - Masks

The watercolour sketch by John Ruskin, shown right, shows Venice, famous for being known as the 'City of Water', 'City of Bridges' and 'City of Masks'.

Well known for its inspiration for authors and poets, Venice also has a yearly carnival where people wear masks.

Why not try to create your own masks and maybe write and perform a play? 

You will need:

  • card
  • pens
  • scissors
  • sequins
  • feather
  • glue 

You could either use the mask template or create your own design to decorate and wear.

Venetian mask