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  • A teacher lays out art materials on the floor of Tate Britain
  • Block by Block, Tate Britain

    Block by Block, Tate Britain

    © Tate

  • Block by Block, Tate Britain

    Block by Block, Tate Britain

    © Tate

  • Block by Block, Tate Britain

    Block by Block, Tate Britain

    © Tate

  • Block by Block, Tate Britain

    Block by Block, Tate Britain

    © Tate

‘Thought provoking and also gave me ideas on how to deepen children’s thinking during art lessons’
Block by Block participant 2013

Build your own InSET session block by block by drawing on the unique resources available at Tate Britain.

Your day is hosted by a member of the Schools and Teachers team and includes visits to the Tate Britain galleries, Prints and Drawings Room, Library and Archive. It also offers the opportunity to work with artists, curators and resources.

Block by Block is developed exclusively for you and your colleagues to spend time together in a creative cultural space, within a flexible framework that suits your needs.

To personalise your day, choose from the following blocks:

Block 1

Artist-led gallery workshop

A workshop in the gallery designed and delivered by a practicing artist, shaped by their particular approach, ideas and practice. 

Block 2


Time to pick up, test and discuss our range of artist devised resources with the Schools and Teachers Resource Coordinators. Includes Tate resources for you to take away.

Block 3

Choose from either visiting the Prints and Drawings Room, or the Library and Archive.

Prints and Drawings Room

A chance to explore this large aspect of Tate’s collection with a member of staff. Look at drawings, watercolours and prints by British and international twentieth-century artists.

Library and Archive

See Tate’s collection of British and International Artists books from the 1960s onwards in the new Library and Archive spaces. A chance to explore interesting materials and printing techniques with specialist staff.

Block 4

Time for you – think/ work/ play

A meeting or studio space at Tate to use however you wish. Exchange this block for any of the sessions during the day or extend your day further by adding it on to the end! Please note that this needs to fit in within our gallery opening times.

New Learning Spaces available to book from November

Opening in November 2013 and budgeted at £45 million, the transformation of Tate Britain includes new dedicated spaces of learning in the gallery. This multi-stage transformation of Tate Britain will mean that from mid-November you will be able to book the new spaces as part of your Block by Block InSET.

Feedback from participants

‘Great resources for teachers, artist workshop gave me a lot to fantastic ideas.’

‘I really enjoyed the interactive activities. It made the art more real and personal.’

‘I will use the Tate website for ideas for activities in and out of the classroom.’

‘It was refreshing to be on the receiving end of the workshop. Good experience in view of understanding a workshop leaders technique.’

‘Artist talk was excellent as were the resources- all can be used in the classroom!’

‘The workshop taught so many possibilities to blend literacy, design and interactivity.’

To book call +44 (0)20 7887 8888