Teachers' Information Pack – Inquiry-based School Tour focused on J.M.W. Turner: The Sun is God

An atmospheric painting of boats on water with city buildings in the distance.
J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Going to the Ball (San Martino). Photo © Tate.Credit

This tour uses an Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) pedagogical approach. IBL is collaborative, process-based and creative. It mirrors how artists and other creative professionals develop their practice. This tour will focus on our major exhibition J.M.W. Turner: The Sun is God. The tour is student-led, and our specially trained tour guides will support learners to explore key artworks in-person, focusing on the materiality of the paintings. The visit will be supported by a resource providing art historical context to J.M.W. Turner’s life and work, and with ideas to support a wider inquiry. Available to book online from 10am 30th August.

Visit procedures

  • Large groups must be split into smaller groups of maximum 15 students, each accompanied by an adult. This is to ensure a high-quality, personalised experience for all students.
  • Enter the Gallery via the Clare Street entrance (into the Millennium Wing of the Gallery), where you will be met by your tour guide(s).
  • Cloakroom space is very limited, so please travel light.

Staying Safe

Further resources

  • We have created a resource providing art historical context to J.M.W. Turner’s life and work, and with ideas to support a wider inquiry. Available soon.
  • Before or after your tour you may wish to explore our rich bank of schools resources for tailored information, hi-res images, activity ideas and lesson plans.