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Schools and Colleges Learning Programme

See glass being made Discover the history of glass making on Wearside

Make your own piece of glass art Experience art in a unique environment




To make the most of your visit to National Glass Centre, choose two workshops from those listed below for a full day of activity, which includes a glass blowing demonstration, a space to use for lunch, and an opportunity for pupils to create their own piece of glass art.

Bespoke Artist-led Sessions Do you have a particular project in mind? We offer bespoke half or full-day artist-led sessions on request. Our Learning and Engagement Team work alongside practising artists to provide you with tailormade workshops in glass and ceramics, designed to meet your learning objectives. Workshops can be based around one of the following techniques: fusing, slumping, sandblasting, stained glass, casting, lampworking and printing. Please contact us to discuss options in more detail.

University of Sunderland Creative Connections

Incredible Collections

Creative Workshop, Half Day

Creative Workshop, Half Day

Our Gallery has an exciting programme of changing exhibitions exploring a wide range of themes and highlighting the many ways that artists use glass to create dynamic and diverse works of art. Pupils will participate in gallery activities and discussions, develop designs and make their own unique artwork in glass, inspired by the exhibition.

The North Lands Creative Glass collection includes some of the world’s most highly regarded artists working in glass. Pupils will participate in activities and discussions about artwork from the collection, then create their own piece of glass art, using themes and techniques which complement the focus of the gallery tour.

National Glass Centre is home to the University of Sunderland’s Glass and Ceramics and Art and Design Foundation departments. We can arrange for an introductory session with lecturers from either course to provide an insightful and informative addition to your visit.

RESOURCES These icons show how each workshop links to the curriculum:

Art & Design

Stories of Glass in Sunderland

Adventure Backpacks

Heritage Workshop, Half Day

Learning Activity, Half Day

In this interactive session, pupils act as trainee archaeologists to discover the history of glass making in Sunderland from 674AD to the present day. Using glass objects from our handling collection, pupils will develop historical enquiry and interpretation skills and further their understanding of chronology.

Pupils will use the materials and activity ideas in our Adventure Backpacks in small groups to carry out investigations and simple experiments. This session has been designed as a half-facilitated/halfself-led visit, allowing some flexibility in timing and content to fit your needs.

A standard school visit is a full day with a combination of a Creative Workshop and a Heritage Workshop or Learning Activity. Half day visits are available.

Self-led Visits


It is free for groups to visit under their own steam. Self-led groups can book one of our learning spaces for lunch and storage of belongings for a fee of £25, subject to availability.

Standard Full Day Visit = £8 - 10pp Half Day Visit (1 workshop) = £2 - 6pp Prices vary depending on type and length of workshop and materials required. Prices correct at time of print.


Design & Technology

Religious Studies


Primary Teachers’ Information Pack This pack includes practical information for your visit including risk assessments, overview of the exhibitions, key themes and suggested pre, during and post visit activities. Available to download from our website at



A number of digital resources, including a game and a virtual tour relating to our Stories of Glass in Sunderland exhibition, are available on our website. These resources are a useful introduction to the history of glass making in Sunderland and can be used to familiarise pupils with the topic and with National Glass Centre before your visit.

CPD National Glass Centre specialises in delivering practical Continuing Professional Development sessions to teachers and education professionals. These sessions are led by our experienced Learning and Engagement Team, alongside practising artists, and are aimed at broadening creative skills.

history of Sunderland. We offer a number of sessions delivered around changing themes throughout the year or, if you would like something specific, we can tailor sessions around a theme of your choice.

Our practical sessions can involve glass fusing and other kiln forming techniques, stained glass, glass painting, sandblasting, glass printing, ceramics and themes linked to the

Most of our sessions are suitable for groups with Special Educational Needs. Please contact us to discuss how we can best meet the needs of your group.


HOW TO BOOK Advanced booking is essential for all workshops and self-led visits. Workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We require a minimum of 15 to run a session. Please contact a member of our Learning and Engagement team to learn more about school visits or to make a booking: Call: 0191 515 5555 Email: Visit:

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