Wednesday 13 May 2020
  • Art
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

Did you know that artists play an essential role in war efforts?

Join IWM experts Becky and Paris as they share real life stories of artists, and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War. War artists didn’t just paint scenes on the battlefield, they also captured everyday life and showed how ordinary people’s lives were shaped by war.

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Painting Life

Painting Life

Part of the Adventures in History series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020.

Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives

  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.                                            

  • GCSE - Warfare and British society c1250–present and London and the Second World War, 1939–45. 

  • To explore the role of war artists and explore how paintings can be sources that help us understand the past.

Try our Art Quiz!

Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-ring, 1943, by Laura Knight
© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2850)

Try our Art Quiz!

Take a close look at some special artworks and explore some of the amazing details they contain. 

Take the quiz. >

Artist Reporters

Artist Reporters

It’s time to dust off those paint brushes, pencils and crayons and get creative!

Inspired by the British war artists from the First and Second World Wars whose job it was to record the many different aspects of war; from queuing up at the shops to fighter planes in the skies over London. Your mission is to pick up a pencil, crayon or paintbrush and create a picture of life at home.

Watch mission briefing >

Explore Further

Adventures in History: VE Day: Parties in the Street graphic
VE Day- Parties in the Street
Join IWM expert Vikki as she shares real life stories of celebration and revelry in the wake of the VE Day announcement of 1945
Poster for IWM learning content Adventures in History: Cakes Made from Carrots
Cakes Made From Carrots
Join IWM expert Ngaire as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War.  

Book a visit to IWM

IWM London Exterior shot
IWM London
School visits to IWM London
Discover the stories of lives shaped by war and conflict from 1914 until the present day. Step into the iconic atrium, explore the brand new Second World War Galleries and experience our new learning facilities.
IWM North landscape view
IWM North
School visits to IWM North
Purpose-built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award-winning immersive experience.
IWM Duxford Showcase
IWM Duxford
School visits to IWM Duxford
Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford. See aircraft take to the skies from the airfield that Spitfires first flew. And get up close to over a century of aviation with hundreds of aircraft and objects on display.