great arts & cultural stuff to do at home

SPECIALLY SELECTED & COMMISSIONED FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE

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physical challenges

More energetic activities, usually involving the whole body - includes dance, physical theatre, circus, drama, musical performance. You will need a clear open space. Click on a heading below to zoom down to the films.

Sensory - recipes

by Little Bins Little Hands

Try some sensory recipes to create mushy or firm or slimy textures to pinch, knead, roll, twist, poke…whatever you like. Click Here

 

Sensory - Nature Activities

by The Sensory Trust

A great downloadable resource with suggestions for interactive sensory experiences with nature. Click on the image to download.

 

Make & Create - develop your dance routine skills

 
by Greenwich Dance & BalletBoyz

If you enjoy dancing, Greenwich Dance's YouTube channel is a great place to learn routines.

Sign up for free with Moovbank with the amazing BalletBoyz to get free videos to watch, free classes to try and lots of dance resources:

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Sensory - Wriggle Dance

 
by Wriggle Dance Theatre

Dance activities for young children from Wriggle Dance (YouTube)

GIVE IT A GO - Drama Warm-ups 1

 
by Tonia Daley-Campbell

Learn Little Green Frog, a great way to warm up the voice and the body.

Commissioned from Tonia Daley-Campbell for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

GIVE IT A GO 2 - Drama Warm-ups 2

by Tonia Daley-Campbell

Learn how to calm pre-performance nerves, focus your energy and have fun, with Rubber Chicken!

Commissioned from Tonia Daley-Campbell for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

On our Career Pathways page Tonia remembers doing her first audition at school to appear at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, which inspired her career as a professional actor.

 

GIVE IT A GO - Circus Skills 1: object manipulation

by Dimitri Ogden

You'd be amazed what you can do with a plastic bag! Find out with Dimitri.

Commissioned from Dimitri Ogden for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

GIVE IT A GO 2 - Circus Skills 2: three-ball juggling

by Dimitri Ogden

Learn how to make your own juggling balls, then go step-by-step to learn how to juggle really well. Practice makes perfect!

Commissioned from Dimitri Ogden for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

On our Career Pathways page Dimitri explains how being given a set of juggling balls got him hooked on learning circus skills, and encourages you, if you discover a talent and passion, to start early and keep practising for a number of years to get really skilful.

 

GIVE IT A GO - Rope Dart moves

by Nathan Geering

Rope Darts is a Flow artform - learn some cracking basic moves.

Commissioned from Nathan Geering for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

GIVE IT A GO - Rope Dart moves 2

by Nathan Geering

Nathan introduces a second, more challenging session with Rope Dart.

Click here for Nathan's first challenge.

Commissioned from Nathan Geering for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

Please note: these activities involve rope and we want you to be safe and free from injury. They must therefore be done outdoors in plenty of space, with adult supervision throughout, and paying close attention to Nathan's guidance.

Flow Arts is the intersection of a variety of movement-based disciplines including dance, juggling, fire-spinning, and object manipulation. Find out more about this emerging artform at the Flow Arts Institute.

On our Career Pathways page Nathan talks about his journey as a hip-hop artist, combining urban dance with Flow Arts.

 

GIVE IT A GO - Get Vocal 1

by Ula Weber

After an energetic warm-up, learn this funky East African song, Jambo. You can also play an audio track to sing along to, and there's a wordsheet:

Jambo DEMO

Commissioned from Ula Weber for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

GIVE IT A GO - Get Vocal 2

by Ula Weber

Another energetic warm-up, followed by a beautiful song, Bele Mama. You can sing along to the audio track, and there are instructions for recording your own round:

Commissioned from Ula Weber for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

Bele Mama DEMO

On our career pathways page Ula talks about her work as a vocal leader.

 

GIVE IT A GO - street commercial dance

by Shanelle

Learn a basic dance routine to Dua Lipa's Break My Heart.

Commissioned from Shanelle Clemenson for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

GIVE IT A GO - street commercial dance

by Shanelle

Learn a more advanced routine to Dua Lipa's Break My Heart.

Commissioned from Shanelle Clemenson for streaming by Artslink Connect & Create participants only. Please do not use for any other purpose.

On our career pathways page Shanelle talks about the huge variety of work she's involved with through being a freelance dance artist.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

Children & Young People: please make sure you stay physically safe when doing any of the activities, and check with an adult before starting, as Artslink can't accept liability for any damage to yourself or property!

Children & Young People and key adults: please be aware of the importance of e-safety.

We strongly recommend the Thinkuknow e-safety website.

Artslink is a programme by West Midlands Virtual Schools, co-funded by Arts Connect. It aims to ensure that

all care experienced children & young people are able to access high-quality arts & cultural experiences and activities.

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