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The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with a collection spanning 2000 years of art in virtually every medium, from around the world. The V&A offers school students a way of learning through the first-hand experience of objects, artefacts and visual images. Since the V&A was founded in 1852, its collections have been developed to provide children and adults with access to some of humanity’s greatest achievements in the arts – inspiring creativity through

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The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with a collection spanning 2000 years of art in virtually every medium, from around the world. The V&A offers school students a way of learning through the first-hand experience of objects, artefacts and visual images. Since the V&A was founded in 1852, its collections have been developed to provide children and adults with access to some of humanity’s greatest achievements in the arts – inspiring creativity through
Islamic Art & Design: Video interviews and Artist Insights
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Islamic Art & Design: Video interviews and Artist Insights

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This Teachers’ Resource brings together films about the V&A’s collections from the Islamic Middle East as well as V&A exhibitions featuring contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. It includes: a series of videos on Nasrid ceramics and plasterwork from the Alhambra Palace; a short time-lapse film of an artwork being installed as part of the Disobedient Objects exhibition; and a series of films, including interviews with designers, linked to the Jameel Prize (its inaugural year of 2009 as well as 2013). For articles on the collection, objects, galleries and designers, visit our online Islamic Middle East hub: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/i/islamic-middle-east/ Teachers’ Resources are available to support teaching around this collection: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-maths-and-islamic-art-and-design/ http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-voyage-through-the-islamic-middle-east/ http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-exploring-plant-based-design-through-the-jameel-gallery-of-islamic-art/ http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-exploring-calligraphy-through-the-jameel-gallery-of-islamic-art/ http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-jameel-prize-3/
Fashion: Key designers and catwalk shows at the V&A
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Fashion: Key designers and catwalk shows at the V&A

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This Teachers’ Resource brings together videos of key designers and their collections displayed at the V&A through our live catwalk series Fashion in Motion. Watch interviews with iconic fashion designers and V&A curators. View work from Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and Giles Deacon and hear from Sir Paul Smith and Christian Louboutin among others. For articles on the collection, objects, galleries and designers, visit our online Fashion hub: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion Teachers’ Resources are available to support KS3-5: Art, Design and Technology http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/ http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-the-fabric-of-india/ http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/teachers-resource-fashion/
Teachers' Resource: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
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Teachers' Resource: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe. The exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work, spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection. McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows. Use this resource to introduce key ideas for students to discuss in the exhibition. Download the accompanying activity sheets to explore these ideas further. The resource below has been designed for Key Stage 4&5: Art & Design and Design & Technology students. For videos and an online interactive cabinet of curiousities of McQueen's pieces visit the weblinks.
Floral patterns in Islamic Art & Design: textiles, metalwork and ceramics
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Floral patterns in Islamic Art & Design: textiles, metalwork and ceramics

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This set of resources explores the use of plant-based design in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art at the V&A. It focuses on textiles, metalwork and ceramics, and includes: a V&A website link, introducing plant motifs in Islamic art; a V&A website link and powerpoint of teachers' notes, filled with images and suggestions for discussion-based and practical activities; and three research sheets that can be used by students (KS3-5) in the Museum to inspire further project work. The research sheets explore Flowers in Ottoman Art, Metalwork, and Safavid Textiles.
Teachers' Resource: Peter Brook
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Teachers' Resource: Peter Brook

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The aim of this extensive resource is to encourage Key Stage 5 students to discover why Brook and his collaborators approached particular plays and themes when they did and to consider how these could be relevant today. Brook responded to his times; each of the productions explored in this resource was inspired in some way by contemporary events. Students should be encouraged to consider how an awareness of global politics can inform a deeper understanding of plays. This resource has been designed for Key Stage 5: English, Drama and History
Calligraphy in Islamic Art and Design
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Calligraphy in Islamic Art and Design

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This set of resources contains: teacher’s notes (V&A website link and powerpoint) that introduce Arabic calligraphy in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, suggestions for planning a museum visit, as well as discussion-based and practical activities for the classroom; and a research sheet for use by students (KS3-5) in the Museum to gather inspiration for further project-based work.
Shakespeare's The Tempest Image Bank
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Shakespeare's The Tempest Image Bank

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This resource brings together images from the V&A collections that are relevant to William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. It has been designed with flexibility in mind – teachers are invited to recombine and edit slides to shape lessons for their pupils. The content is arranged in reverse chronological order, from the 19th to 18th centuries. It includes three images inspired by the text with a focus on Ariel and the storm, and one image of Prospero and Miranda alongside other key Shakespearean characters. Each slide has an image and key information. To find out more, the notes section beneath each slide includes a link to the object in the V&A’s online database, ‘Search the Collections’, further weblinks, and, where possible, introductory text. The next slide suggests some ideas for discussion and activity with pupils, to be tailored to suit your specific needs. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the national museum of art, design and performance. To find out more about our extensive Schools’ programme, go to: www.vam.ac.uk/learning Please note: The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) encourages users to enjoy its collections as fully as possible. Where the V&A owns copyright in content, use may be made for non-commercial use, including educational use as defined by the UK Copyright, Design and Patent Act 1988. Find out more here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/terms-and-conditions/#3
 Teachers' Resource: Fashion
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Teachers' Resource: Fashion

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The V&A has collected fashion and textiles since the mid 19th century. The collection now includes around a hundred thousand objects, from buttons and ballgowns to silks and lace. This resource offers ideas and activity sheet for your V&A visit as well as pre and post lessons in the classroom. The Fashion gallery (Room 40) shows European fashion, fabrics and accessories from 1750 to the present day. The emphasis is on progressive and influential design. The gallery is organised into displays that reflect key concepts in the collection, from Court and Country to Radical Fashion. It includes iconic designs by Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The resource provided below is for key stage 3 & 4: Art & Design, Design Technology and can be used in the museum or adapted for classroom use.
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Image Bank
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Image Bank

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This resource brings together images of objects from the V&A collections that are relevant to William Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night. It has been designed with flexibility in mind – teachers are invited to recombine and edit slides to shape lessons for their pupils. The content spans a 20th century costume of Viola, a 19th century painting of key characters from six of Shakespeare’s plays, and the actual Great Bed of Ware, mentioned in the play . Each slide has an image and key information. To find out more, the notes section beneath each slide includes a link to the object in the V&A’s online database, ‘Search the Collections’, further weblinks, and, where possible, introductory text. The next slide suggests some ideas for discussion and activity with pupils, to be tailored to suit your specific needs. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the national museum of art, design and performance. To find out more about our extensive Schools’ programme, go to: www.vam.ac.uk/learning Please note: The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) encourages users to enjoy its collections as fully as possible. Where the V&A owns copyright in content, use may be made for non-commercial use, including educational use as defined by the UK Copyright, Design and Patent Act 1988. Find out more here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/terms-and-conditions/#3
Victorians: The Great Exhibition
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Victorians: The Great Exhibition

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This resource contains images of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, which was held in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, during the spring and summer of 1851. Many of these images were created as souvenirs for the populace to purchase and take away. The links provide high quality images and videos showing what is was like to visit the Great Exhibition and how the Crystal Palace was constructed.
 Teachers’ Resource: Reel to Real: Romeo and Juliet
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Teachers’ Resource: Reel to Real: Romeo and Juliet

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This resource is intended for teachers to use with their students on site at the V&A. It was created as part of a partnership with education charity Into Film. The resource explores the film Romeo and Juliet. It guides students to objects in the Museum that provide historical context for the film, and suggests activities and topics for discussion. The resource aims to immerse students in the world of the film. We suggest that groups divide into pairs to follow the activities. The resource below has been designed for Key Stage Key Stage 3–5: English, Drama and History.
 Teachers' Resource: Theatre and Performance
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Teachers' Resource: Theatre and Performance

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The Theatre & Performance galleries explore the process of performance. They cover themes such as creating, producing, rehearsing and promoting. Objects on display include 2D material and scripts, including Shakespeare’s First Folio, a rare first edition of his plays. They also encompass costumes from popular shows including The Lion King and set models, including Edward Gordon Craig’s designs for Hamlet. A video, "What is Performance?" can be accessed with the weblink under resources. The resource below has been designed for Key Stage 3–4: Drama and English.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Image Bank
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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Image Bank

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This resource brings together images of objects from the V&A collections that are relevant to William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. It has been designed with flexibility in mind – teachers are invited to recombine and edit slides to shape lessons for their pupils. There are two images in this resource: one from the late 19th century, a scrap print of the lovers surrounded by text; and one from the early 18th century, a print depicting the moment where Juliet plunges a dagger into her chest. Each slide has an image and key information. To find out more, the notes section beneath each slide includes a link to the object in the V&A’s online database, ‘Search the Collections’, further weblinks, and, where possible, introductory text. The next slide suggests some ideas for discussion and activity with pupils, to be tailored to suit your specific needs. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the national museum of art, design and performance. To find out more about our extensive Schools’ programme, go to: www.vam.ac.uk/learning Please note: The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) encourages users to enjoy its collections as fully as possible. Where the V&A owns copyright in content, use may be made for non-commercial use, including educational use as defined by the UK Copyright, Design and Patent Act 1988. Find out more here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/terms-and-conditions/#3
Staging Shakespeare: Costume Design
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Staging Shakespeare: Costume Design

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This resource brings together images of objects from the V&A collections that are relevant to William Shakespeare’s plays and how they have been staged and interpreted. It has been designed with flexibility in mind – teachers are invited to recombine and edit slides to shape lessons for their pupils. The content spans 200 years of theatrical costume design and its changing styles. Each slide has an image and key information. To find out more, the notes section beneath each slide includes a link to the object in the V&A’s online database, ‘Search the Collections’, further weblinks, and, where possible, introductory text. The next slide suggests some ideas for discussion and activity with pupils, to be tailored to suit your specific needs. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the national museum of art, design and performance. To find out more about our extensive Schools’ programme, go to: www.vam.ac.uk/learning Please note: The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) encourages users to enjoy its collections as fully as possible. Where the V&A owns copyright in content, use may be made for non-commercial use, including educational use as defined by the UK Copyright, Design and Patent Act 1988. Find out more here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/terms-and-conditions/#3
Pattern - Textiles and Wallpapers
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Pattern - Textiles and Wallpapers

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This study room resource examines designs for wallpaper and texiles by designers from 1868 to 1978. Also available are teachers note, reading list and full high quality image gallery of designs via the weblink. The weblink will take you to a video of a printer using block printing to make a wallpaper design. If visiting the V&A as an individual or group, you can view this study box of original designs in Prints and Drawings Study Room.