The Dorman Museum houses the largest collection of objects by Victorian industrial designer Christopher Dresser, and the largest collection of local Linthorpe Art Pottery, of which Dresser was Art Superintendent for some time. This arty workshop will build students appreciation for this cutting-edge designer who had close ties to our locality. Students will get up close to his work in our Dresser and Linthorpe galleries and explore Dresser’s inspirations, using nature and symmetry as jumping off points for their own fantastic designs and stencilled wallpaper prints.

Key learning outcomes:

Students will learn about the work of this nationally renowned designer and get to see a huge range of his work. Students improve their mastery of art and design techniques and are encouraged to see the value in using their own sketchbooks.

Main learning approaches:

Independent learning
Creative learning

Planning a visit:

Staff-led sessions at the Dorman Museum run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Workshops are typically two hours long and you can choose from a 9:30-11:30, 10:00-12:00 or 12:30-2:30 slot. A lunch space will be provided for these guided sessions if needed. Sessions can accommodate up to 32 students and advance booking is essential.


To discuss your visit and the wider school offer at Dorman Museum, please contact Senior Learning and Engagement Officer Chloë Leeson at or call 01642 728235 (office hours vary).