Free online resources

During this time of self-isolation, social distancing and home schooling we’re all in need of ideas for creative activities and ways to stay connected with arts and culture. So, our team at Wolverhampton Art Gallery has prepared some online resources that you can turn to for inspiration.

Online Exhibitions

To the Sea
Still Lively
Cranbrook Revisited

Virtual Gallery Tour

Even though we’re temporarily closed, you can still visit Wolverhampton Art Gallery virtually on @Google Street View. Explore the galleries by clicking Virtual Tour.

You can also take a look around Bantock.

Explore our collections online

We have a vast number of objects in our collection, from items relating to Black Country history and ancient fossils, to old master paintings and contemporary sculptures. It’s a wonderful resource for learning, engagement and creativity.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Collections

Black Country History

There is also online access to some objects in our collection via Art UK

Free art books online

You can access some informative books related to artists and artworks in our collections and exhibitions programme on Issuu:

Decorated rectangular snuff box with hinged lid, painted with a man reading a book and an infant in his arms.

Snuff Box, c. 1800 – 1825. Wolverhampton Art Gallery Collection.

Contemporary British Printmaking 1967 – 2017

Georgie Hopton & Gary Hume: Hurricanes Hardly Ever Happen

Howard Hodgkin: Strictly Personal

International Arts and Crafts

Japanese Netsuke

POP! Design, Culture, Fashion 1956 -1976


Sir Joshua Reynolds – Teachers Pack

Thank You Andy Warhol

The Traditional Arts of Japan. A Complete Illustrated Guide

William Morris Textiles

Art Podcasts

Tune in to an art podcast and learn about things you have always wanted to know and never had time for. This is a carefully selected list of podcasts which document what is currently going on in the arts and discuss recently opened exhibitions and burning topics in the art world.

Robert Kemm, Spanish Gypsies, c. 1874 – 1885, oil on canvas. Wolverhampton Art Gallery Collection.

The Art Newspaper Podcasts

Art Monthly Talk Show

The Artsy Podcast

The White Pube Podcast

Creative Matters. Arts Council England Podcast

Think Like An Art World Expert

YouTube channels about art

Beyond viral videos, tutorials and music, YouTube has many great channels where you can learn about art. We’ve selected five YouTube channels covering latest exhibitions and art events as well as those that explore art and art history through the lens of things happening today.

David Clapp, Rebuilding TV tubes, 1973, photograph. Wolverhampton City Archives.

Vernissage TV

The Art Assignment

This is Tomorrow


Arts Council England 

Online courses

Universities and institutions around the world offer their courses online for free. We have selected courses for complete beginners as well as for teachers and art practitioners, ranging from photography, modern and contemporary art, through teaching to fundraising and leadership.

Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art 

Cooper, Alfred Egerton (1883 – 1974). Lady in Red Velvet,
Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes

Art & Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom

Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

Charting the Avant Garde: From Romanticism to Utopic Abstraction

Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture

In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques

Modern Art & Ideas

Public Art and Pedagogy

Seeing Through Photographs

The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century

Touring Modernism: From the French avant-garde to American Pop and Beyond

Understanding Contemporary Art

What is contemporary art?

Interviews with artists in our collection

We’ve selected some interesting video interviews with selected artists in our collection and those we have been recently working with.

Gillian Ayres 

Grayson, John. La Brexiteuse à petits talon, 2018
Image courtesy of the artist, © John Grayson

Sonia Boyce

Phoebe Cummings

Chila Kumari Burman

Lubaina Himid

Howard Hodgkin

Gary Hume

John Myers

Keith Piper

Yinka Shonibare

David Ward

Andy Warhol

The Singh Twins

Still Lively

Sam Hale who organises Still Lively at Wolverhampton Art Gallery has put together some challenges for you to take part in. Click on the links below and develop your skills.

Hands On 

Still Life

Drawing with Paper

Taking Notice

In the Mirror

Do and Mend 1

Do and Mend 2

Do and Mend 3

Do and Mend 4

Do and Mend 5

Taking Art For A Walk

In Conversation

In Conversation part 2

Inside and Outside

Signs and Symbols 

Wish I Was Here


Frisking the Scene


More Trees

Sticks and Stones

Summer Review

Online Drawing Classes

Artist Kathleen Fabre has created a series of online drawing classes inspired by Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s famous Pop Art collection. They are free to down-load and a new activity will be added to the Gallery website each week. Follow the expert advice and tips to develop new artistic skills, learn new creative techniques, and make your own Pop-inspired artworks from the comfort of your own home. 

Pop Art Portrait Postcards

Pop Art Rural Landscapes.

Pop Art Rainbow

Pop Art City Skyline

Pop Art Room

Still Life