Our week long summer courses offer the chance to work with professional artists! Choose between Summer Story Makers and Picture This.

KS3 – KS5

KS3 – KS5 Workshops

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Wild about Words (Year 2 – Year 8)

We will consider associations of colour, including how colour reflects our emotions. After discovering some examples from poems and films on how colour is used in interesting ways, such as through metaphor, abstract noun and pathetic fallacy, you will then have a go at writing a colour poem of your own.

Wild about The Arts (Year 6- Year 10)

Beginning with a discussion of synaesthesia, we will explore the ways a range of creative arts practitioners have been inspired by colours, whether through music, poetry, sculpture, drama and dance. Dipping in and dipping out of different dabs of arts inspiration, you will leave the session overflowing with ideas for your own artistic direction.

Trickster Tales: explore storytelling
Listen to the story of Anansi the Spider – discover how he outwits his opponents, – and use the same structure to create your own trickster tale.

Curious Creatures: explore character and plot
Explore the many different roles animals play in stories, from kindly critters to brutish beasts.  Discover the techniques used by the authors in our exhibition, and use these to create your own animal character. Leave with a whole story plan.

Writing the Wild: explore language
Delve into the descriptive language used by our featured authors to bring their animal creations to snarling and purring life. Develop these devices into a lively poem about a creature of your choice.

Habitats on the Hoof: explore setting
Explore the settings of animal stories, and discover how to create an authentic atmosphere. Follow in the footsteps of The Story Museum designers to design your own installation inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Animal Allegories
Examine the political cartoons and writing such as Animal Farm and Maus, and create a satirical scene from a ‘Royal Wedding’ in which famous public figures are portrayed as animals. Consider their status and viewpoint to choose appropriate caricature creatures.

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Story History:  Workshops that look at text in the context of Oxford’s rich story history

Oxford Fantasy Writers
Take a Wonder Walk through Oxford to see the places in the city that inspired the city’s most famous writers. Choose three authors from C S Lewis, J R R Tolkein, Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman.

Fabulous Foxes
800 years ago Oxford scribes were capturing the world’s oral tales, many of which featured animals such as foxes. Enjoy the varied portrayals of this cunning creature – from Aesop’s Fables to Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – and be inspired to write your own Fox in Oxford story.

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Awesome Animal Day

Why not enjoy a whole day of animal fun with your class? We’ve teamed up with Oxford University Museum of Natural History for a super opportunity to combine animal-themed science and literacy sessions in this beautiful city.

10:00-12:00 – A session at the Story Museum or Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
12:00 – Walk to the other site, pointing out animals in the architecture along the way with our Mini Migration trail. Have lunch before or after at The Story Museum.
12:30 – A session at the other site.
14:30 – Finish.

Attend one of The Story Museum’s workshops, then use the time at the Museum of Natural History for inspired free writing amongst the animal displays, or choose from the selection of taught sessions (for a full list of workshops, see www.oum.ox.ac.uk/educate/teachers.htm)

Suggestion: Combine our Trickster Tales session –  featuring Anansi the Spider – with a live bug handling workshop to find out about more about spiders and insects and their amazing behaviour.