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Find out more about the collections
We have two main collections of paintings which are on display almost all the time.
Try some of the activities below to learn more about them.
The Pannett Art Gallery has recently joined the Children’s University.
Children join the scheme through their primary school and will receive a ‘Passport to Learning’ in which they collect stamps, stickers or signatures from their schools, and from Learning Destinations.
Once children collect enough ‘learning hours’ in their passports, they attend their very own graduation ceremony – complete with scarlet cap and gown – at the end of year 6.
The Pannett Art Gallery is now a validated ‘Learning Destination’. This means that by visiting the gallery any child taking part in the scheme can receive a passport stamp.
So come and explore our painting collections. Make a painting with one of our large-scale jigsaws, create your own art work with our painting colouring sheets, or just contemplate the beautiful art work on display then collect your learning hour stamp.
The Children’s University is a national charitable scheme which encourages children to try new experiences and gain new skills by encouraging children to take part in learning activities outside of normal class times, both inside and outside school.
The Scarborough Children’s University is run by the University of Hull as part of its ongoing commitment to outreach and aspiration-raising in North Yorkshire.
“The CU is all about inspiring young people to become eager, independent learners: it’s the University of Fun!” says Richard Adams, Scarborough Children’s University Manager.
We hope to see you soon – don’t forget to bring your passport and ask at the desk for an activity sheet.
Weatherill Collection Word Search
The Weatherill Collection includes paintings by George Weatherill (1810 – 1890) and his four talented children, Mary (1834 – 1913), Sarah (1836 – 1920), Elizabeth (1841 – 1918) and Richard (1844 – 1923).
Can you find 30 words about the Weatherills and their paintings in this wordsearch?
Staithes Group of Artists Word Search
The Staithes Group of Artists was a small group, (or colony) of artists based in Staithes a fishing village ten miles North of Whitby. They painted and exhibited in Staithes and Whitby from 1901 – 1907.
Can you find 30 words about the Staithes Group of Artists and their paintings in this wordsearch?
“A Fireside Read” – by Ernest Higgins Rigg
This picture which you will find in the Staithes gallery shows a grandmother listening to her granddaughter read. Notice the look on the girl’s face as she concentrates. Do you think the grandmother is teaching her granddaughter? Or could it be the other way around?
You can download a colouring sheet to copy the picture. You can change the colours and think about what it must have been like to live 100 years ago
“Unloading Cargo” – by Richard Weatherill
You will find this picture in the Weatherill gallery. It shows a big sailing ship from over 100 years ago, unloading some cargo in Whitby’s upper harbour. Can you see a barrel in the picture? What do you think they are unloading?
You can download a colouring sheet to copy the picture. You can change the colours and think about what it must have been like to work on a big sailing ship.
Our artworks are lovely to look at but touching them will damage the paintings and the tapestries – so we have made some small painted canvases and a sample of weaving that you can touch to feel what a painting or a tapestry feels like.
If you would like to know what the texture of a painting or a tapestry feels like and these samples aren’t in the gallery please ask a member of staff and someone will put them out for you.