great arts & cultural stuff to do at home

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Soul of a Nation

Be guided by young people in this short film and have a look at Tate Modern’s Soul of a Nation: Art in the age of black power exhibition

Walsall Art Gallery online workshops

A fantastic collection of workshops for children, from stencils to salt dough.

Contemporary Art Journal

Artist David Shillinglaw guides you through drawing a visual journal via the Turner Contemporary Gallery.

The Ickabog - illustration competition

Fancy doing a drawing for the new JK Rowling story? The creator of Harry Potter says:



“Having decided to publish, I thought how wonderful it would be if children in lockdown, or otherwise needing distraction during the strange and difficult time we’re passing through, illustrated the story for me. There will be suggestions about the illustrations we might need for each chapter on The Ickabog website, but nobody should feel constrained by these ideas. I want to see imaginations run wild! Creativity, inventiveness and effort are the most important things: we aren’t necessarily looking for the most technical skill!”

Tour the British Museum

One of the world's greatest museums, and you can have a look around it from your living room!

Create a story using collage & paint

Simple tips and demo from author and illustrator Viviane Schwarz

Sewing

In case you would like to create pictures and patterns using sewing instead of painting. If you have a needle, threads and some plain fabric you can use – have a go at these basic embroidery stitches.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Virtually tour BMAG, which owns the world's largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

Making Mobiles

Have a go at making your own mobiles with these activities

Art from Guggenheim

Numerous art books have been made available online from the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. Flick through books on Klimt, Kandinsky and Giacometti with the click of your mouse or tap of your finger!

Dinosaur Art

Learn to draw a dinosaur, make an origami one and create a small dinosaur egg hatching using a peg! Fun activities from the Natural History Museum

Architecture at Home

Bake your own ornaments or make a pop-up building from a paper bag. More interesting and fun architecture and design activities all using things found at home.

Anxiety tiles

Artist Sam Bakewell uses clay to create artworks. In this short film at the V&A Museum in London he talks about how carving and creating ‘anxiety tiles’ helped him to manage his mental health.

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Had enough of Easter Eggs?

Take a look at these beautiful artistic eggs decorated by a range of artists.

Comic Book Artistry

Artist Wayne Nichols talks about his work.

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Kinetic Sculptures

Have a look at Anthony Howe’s kinetic sculptures

Anime characters

Draw the basic anime face by following this simple tutorial on YouTube.

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Bookbug

Draw along with Scottish Bookbug illustrator Debi Gilori. You can draw simple illustrations from a dragon to a feast.

Natural Dyeing

How to create beautiful colourful results by using natural dyes. Watch this short film which introduces the work of artist Sachio Yoshiko.

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Beautiful Carnival Costumes

See how they are made in Brazil

Edible Art with Tate Liverpool

Make a piece of art work that is good enough to eat!

Fashion Design

Design clothes using rako designs inspired by nature, with artist Letilia Mitchell

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

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