Inspiring trips to London for aspiring artists

Monday June 22, 2015

London offers art and design students a wide variety of visits, no matter what their focus. From painting to sculpture, textiles to ceramics, there are extensive opportunities for pupils to develop their skills on a trip to London.

The team at WST has compiled a list of some of our must-visit workshops and tours. Perfect for budding artists and designers, these trips can be tailored around your school’s specific requirements.


3D Printing Sessions

Delivered by a senior designer at a state of the art store in central London, this session will provide students with an introduction into 3D printing technology and software. Each visit can be tailored around your students’ main area of interest and will include a Q&A session and short tour. Each pupil will also get the chance to take a souvenir 3D-printed object home.

Forensic Art Workshop

Inspired by a 2010 exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, this fascinating 90-minute session combines the use of mass spectrometry and art history to shed light on fake or altered grand-master paintings. A brilliant supplement to any art or art history course.

Graffiti and Street Art Tours

Art Grafitti Wall

Over recent years, and following the rise of street artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Space Invader, graffiti has become classed as a popular and well-known art form. London has become a natural home for street art with the city making the perfect canvas for artwork. If this is an area your class is focusing on then WST can arrange a walking and Underground tour with an expert guide to see some of London’s best graffiti locations. The constantly changing nature of the work on display means each tour is unique and cutting-edge. 

City Academy Workshops

From life drawing and costume design, to photography and stage make-up, City Academy offer workshops that can be completely tailored to your classes’ age and ability levels.

Life Drawing

This introduction to Figure Drawing will take students back to basics, starting with simple drawing techniques and mark making.

Fashion, Costume & Set Design

In these classes, participants will be introduced to basic theory and technique to design, which can be specified for fashion or stage.



Home to some of the most iconic galleries in the world, a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without experiencing some of the exhibitions the city has to offer.

If your class is studying the traditions of British art, what better place to visit than the countries capital city and home to British Art, the Tate Britain.

Situated in the renowned Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is a must see for school groups, along with a trip to the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, the Tate Modern.

If your focus is on contemporary and diverse art then a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum or the Saatchi Gallery would be a refreshing alternative for aspiring artists.

We’d love to hear which of these workshops or galleries you plan on visiting. Get in touch on Twitter to let us know.