Schools Learning Programme

Schools Learning Programme

Our Schools Learning Programme gives children the opportunity to think about creative professions, art, craft and design. The workshops help children develop visual literacy, creativity, confidence and communication skills.

The Customs House offers schools in South Tyneside one-off workshops and short projects, with many linked to Arts Award.

Workshops are linked to the curriculum and designed for KS1, 2 and 3 students. Participants can be supported to achieve the Arts Award at Discover, Explore and Bronze Levels.

Topics covered by the programme include:

  • This year’s pantomime at The Customs House is Beauty and The Beast. We have inspiring workshops for KS1-3 that could compliment a trip to the theatre or stand alone as a high quality in-school art experience for your learners. If your school wishes to make a group booking for our pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ please email or call 0191 427 8183 to book a workshop email
  • Local heritage, architecture and public art. These workshops invite students to develop connections with the place around them. Discover the history of The Customs House and find out more about architecture through painting, sketching and building. Use images of South Shields to create a class collage of our town. Look at local sculptures and make a model of a new sculpture for the town. Or if you want something more in depth go for our ‘Power and Protest’ creative day where you will discover more about race riots at Mill Dam, the Jarrow Crusade and Miners’ Strike then make a protest sign in the style of contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith;
  • Puppetry and mask-making. Learn more about storytelling and design by creating imaginative puppets inspired by the theatre of Indonesia, China and Turkey. Find out about Japanese Noh Theatre and create masks inspired by Koichi Takatsu.
  • For schools struggling with budget deficits we have also shared information about free opportunities to take part like The Terry Kelly Poetry Prize and Beauty and the Beast Schools Drawing Exhibition.

We’d love to hear from schools with ideas for projects. We can plan and deliver bespoke learning projects and teachers CPD.

In school workshops start from £250.

For more information on The Customs House Schools Learning Programme or to book a session contact Elizabeth by email or call 0191 427 8198.


  • Sessions are designed for a maximum of 32 learners
  • A teacher must be present throughout the session
  • Children can achieve Arts Award at the advertised level
  • Some projects require pre and post visit work
  • Prices are correct at the time of publication
  • A surcharge may be added for schools outside South Tyneside