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.

Download the full Schools Learning Programme brochure here for more information on all our workshops and projects.

Topics covered by the programme include:

  • The Lambton Worm. This year’s pantomime at The Customs House is the Lambton Worm. 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. Investigate the metamorphosis of mini-beasts and create collages of mixed-up monsters. Explore monster illustrations and use watercolour techniques to create images of the “foerful worm”. Look at pantomime costumes and design Dame Trott’s frock.
  • Local heritage, architecture and public art. These three 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.
  • Puppetry and mask-making. Learn more about storytelling and design through creating puppets influenced by the theatre of Indonesia, China and Turkey. Find out about Japanese Noh Theatre and create masks inspired by Koichi Takatsu.

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 £200.

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