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Art teaching resources

Resources for use in the Museum

The following resources which can be downloaded in PDF format are intended to support the use of the Museum’s collection by art teachers and student groups. Each resource highlights a particular theme that can be explored through the collection and contains suggestions for activities and examples of sketchbook pages.

In addition, there is an example sketchbook available at the Museum which can be shown during introductions.

Marking Time [pdf]

Philosopher’s Cabinet [pdf]

Analytical Drawing [pdf]

Artefact website

artefactArtefact is a resource for artists, students and teachers based on the collections of the four University Museums; The Pitt Rivers Museum, The Ashmolean, The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and The Museum of the History of Science. It includes images of objects, specimens and historical illustrations, downloadable worksheets, animated sketchbooks and a gallery space for schools and community groups. See

Art Teachers’ Newsletter

The Oxford University Museums’ Art Teachers’ Newsletter contains up to date information on art events and resources across all the University Museums for secondary and post-16.

Art for secondary schools across the University Museums and Collections

For more information about coordinated secondary and post-16 art education and other resources across the Oxford University Museums and Collections see

Art and design in exhibitions at the Museum

For more information about artists who have worked with the collection and examples of art and design which have been incorpoated into previous special exhibitions, see Art in exhibitions.