Performance, Paintings and Propaganda

Arts Award - Explore

Arts Award - Explore

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English (spoken language) | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Classroom-based

Discover how Tudor art was used to record and convey messages about Henry VIII as a monarch.

Led by an experienced drama specialist, and using iconic paintings and portraits from the Tudor era as stimulus, children will take part in a series of drama activities that develop historical enquiry skills.

The session encourages children to consider how art can provide context and may be used to make historical claims.

Learning Objectives
Children will:

  • Discover how art can be used as a record and can convey certain messages.
  • Learn about the concept of “public image” and propaganda.
  • Understand how art provides context and can be used to make historical claims.

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:


  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Discovering a theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – the changing role of a monarch.


  • Articulating and justifying answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Exploring the artistic practice of drama.

Art & Design

  • Learning about great artists, architects and designers in history.
  • Understanding how art has shaped this country’s history.

Booking information

10.45 & 12.45
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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