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					Caro at Chatsworth
Activities for primary school groups

The activities bag contains a range of
activities for school groups visiting the
Anthony Caro sculpture exhibition to actively
engage children in looking at, thinking about
and discussing the sculpture in their

There are more than enough activities to fill
two hours so pick the ones you think would
be most suitable for your group.
Each activity card indicates the approximate
amount of time the activity may take.

Several of the activities require the children
to work in small groups of 4-6.

There is a whistle for you to use to gather
children back together.

The children may touch the sculpture but
climbing on and through the sculpture is not
Activity bag contents
Teacher/group leader’s notes and activity cards.
List of works.

‘Taking steps’
Looking at ‘Goodwood Steps’ and comparing it to other
steps in the gardens.

‘How big is it?’
Guessing the size and measuring the sculpture. Looking
at the importance of scale.
Five tape measures, five task cards.

‘Points of view’
Looking at the sculpture from various viewpoints, near
and far.
30 Viewfinders, 5 mini torches.

‘Material evidence’
Handling materials and fixings similar to those used in
the sculpture.
Five bags of materials: steel shapes, nuts and bolts.

‘The whole is the sum of the parts’
Investigating how many parts a sculpture is made from
and how the parts make the whole.

‘What’s the story?’
Imagining a story about where the parts of the sculpture
come from and what it is for.

‘Take the stage’
Using Goodwood Steps to perform a poem about the
‘Taking steps’
Whole group activity.

Approximate time of activity –15 mins.

Having walked along the Broad Walk to the
area where the sculptures are sited, stand in
front of Goodwood Steps (Number 1on the
map of the exhibition)

Discussion questions
How many sets of steps have you climbed up
or down today? How did they compare to
these steps?

Has anyone seen any other steps since you
came to Chatsworth that you cannot walk up?

In what sort of place might you see steps like
the Goodwood Steps? Do they remind you of

Why do you think Sir Anthony Caro made
these steps which you can’t climb?
‘How big is it?’
Small group activity (4 - 6 per group)

Approximate time of activity – 20 - 25 mins.

Each group is given a tape measure and a task card.
They pick a sculpture to work with from numbers 2 –
6 on the List of Works.

Task card instructions

Guess how tall, how wide and how long you think the
sculpture is in centimetres.

Take it in turns to measure the height, length and
width of the sculpture with the tape measure.

Try measuring the sculpture using your bodies:
    How many people with their arms outstretched
     does it take to go around it?
    How high in body parts is the sculpture, one
     leg, two arms, sixteen hands?
    If you lay on the grass how many people does
     it take measure the length?

Bring all the groups back together.

Possible discussion questions:
 Did anyone manage to guess the measurements
 Why do you think Caro made the sculptures these
  sizes? What would they be like bigger or smaller?
 Can you think of anything that is a similar size?
‘Points of view’
Small group activity (4 – 6 per group)

Approximate time of activity – 20 - 25 mins.

Each child is given a viewfinder and each group a
mini torch. This activity can be confined to looking at
numbers 7, 8 and 9 on the List of Works

There are lots of ways of looking at a sculpture,
close up, from a distance, inside, outside, through
and into holes and spaces.

Working together in groups, try the following:

   Lying on the ground as close to the sculpture as
    possible and looking up.
   Going down the slope and looking up from below.
   Use your viewfinder to look at sections of the
   Use the torch to look into the sculpture and to
    reflect light on the surface.
   Go up the slope on the other side of the pond and
    look down on the sculpture from afar.
   Screw up your eyes so the detail is blurred.

Bring the groups back together.

Possible discussion questions:
 How important is where the sculpture is?
 What is the difference to looking near and far?
 If you look through the sculpture what can you
 What happens inside when you shine the torch?
‘Material evidence’
Small group activity (4 - 6 per group)

Approximate time of activity – 20 mins.

Each group is given a bag of materials. The
activity is for sculptures numbers 10, 11 & 12 on
the List of Works.
The teachers’ notes have information on the
materials and skills Caro uses.

Investigate what is in the bag.

See if you can match any of the types of
materials, textures and shapes to the sculptures.

Bring the groups back together.

Possible discussion questions:

   What is the main material Caro uses and what else
    can it be used for?
   Which of the materials are for joining?
   Have any of the materials in the bag been joined
    in a particular way?
   Are any of the materials more like those found in
    other sculptures you have already looked at?
   What difference does painting the sculpture make
    to how you see it and how it feels?
   What skills do you think Caro has used to make
    the sculpture?
‘The whole is the sum of the parts’
Whole group activity.

Approximate time of activity – 15 mins.

The whole group stands in a loose circle around
the sculpture Double Tent, (number 9 on the List
of Works).

Each child must stay in one place and try and
count how many parts are there are in the

Possible discussion questions:

 If some children have come up with a
  different number, why might that be? What
  may affect how many parts you can see?
 How do you decide what is a single part to
  count? Are some parts joined so well it is hard
  to decide if they are one or several parts?
 Describe some of the shapes in the sculpture.
 What does having lot of different shapes and
  parts make you think about when you are
  looking at the sculpture?
‘What’s the story?’
Small group activity (4 - 6 per group)

Approximate time of activity 15– 20 mins.

Each group is allocated a sculpture. Choose
five close to each other and to where you are
in the garden.

Sir Anthony Caro often uses steel that has
been used before or has been made for other
purposes. Look at the parts in the sculpture
and see if you can imagine what they are and
where they have come from.

As a group, create a story about the
sculpture, imagining where it came from,
what it might be for, who made it and why.

Forget anything you already may know about
the sculpture and Sir Anthony Caro and look
at it with fresh eyes.

Share the stories with the whole group.
‘Taking the stage’
Small group activity (4 - 6 per group)

Approximate time of activity - 20 mins.

Each group decides on words that they think
describe the sculptures in the exhibition and
their feelings about them.

From these build a poem and work out who
is going to say which bit. Add any suitable
actions and sounds.

Each group then performs the poem to
everybody, using the base of Goodwood
Steps as a stage and between the columns as
the wings.

Possible discussion questions
 Can you think of anything similar about
  the way Caro makes his sculpture and you
  write a poem?
 Are there any other ways Goodwood Steps
  could be used for a performance?

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