Home is Where the Art is: A Creative Curriculum for kids

Art activities designed for children of all ages to look at, talk about and make their own discoveries about art, at home.

We listened to your feedback that although the galleries might be open - and the world is opening up a bit more - this series of pic'n'mix art prompts is still welcome. So, we will continue to post wee taster activities which aim to develop creativity skills, such as problem solving, imagination, curiosity, and open-mindedness here, over the next few months.

As you explore the resources please keep in mind that there are no wrong answers, or that there is only one way to do the activities - they are all about looking, chatting, making, and enjoying your time at home and using what you have around you. 

We’d love to see the great art you come up with at home, so please share your photos on our Facebook page or by using #HomeArt on Twitter or Instagram!

... and one last thing! We are delighted to announce that Home is Where the Art is has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Best Website Activity award

You know your child best

Some activities may suit you better than others so pick and choose!

Age

We’ve aimed the language at age 7+, but activities can be suitable for any age, just adapt to suit your child.

Timing

How long your child engages with the activity will vary. Depending on their age, the way they’re feeling that day, the immediate appeal of any activity... some will work better than others. Don't worry if they're not feeling it - try again another time, or move on to something else. You might be surprised by what they're interested in.  

Creativity

We hope these suggestions will allow your child to develop their creativity by encouraging their curiosity, open mindedness, problem-solving and imagination.

Art knowledge

You don’t need to know anything about art to have fun with it. Encourage your child to share their ideas, observations and opinions. There’s never a wrong answer about art. And it's ok not to know all the answers. Nobody does. Where would the fun be in that?

Repeat

If something worked, do it again!

Let your child lead

You don’t need to have all the ideas. In fact, if you really want your child to be creative, encouraging them to come up with their own ideas is a brilliant way to help your child be creative and explore their imagination.

Try to enjoy, together

Take a deep breath, you’re doing a brilliant job. Let us know if we can support you - we can't wait to see you in the gallery, as soon as we can.

Claude Monet A Seascape, Shipping by Moonlight About 1864

Claude Monet

A Seascape, Shipping by Moonlight

 

These activities are inspired by the idea of finding light in the dark. Build a boat, design your own lighthouse, create your own starry light and listen to a special storm-inspired story.

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Ray Harryhausen

Medusa model from Clash of the Titans

 

Create characters, watch and make movies, and enjoy a ‘creature club’ kitchen disco!

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Louise Bourgeois 10 am is When You Come to Me 2006 © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by DACS.

Louise Bourgeois

10 am is When You Come to Me

Let's think about friendship, care, and representing our daily routines - inspired by this painting of Louise Bourgeois and her friend Jerry's hands.

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Salvador Dalí & Edward James Lobster Telephone 1938 © Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, London, 2018

Salvador Dalí & Edward James

Lobster Telephone

Put unusual things together, play surreal games and host your own DalÍ inspired dinner party…!

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Karla Black Contact Isn't Lost 2008 © Karla Black

Karla Black

Contact Isn't Lost

Stimulate all of your senses with these activities. Let’s make art that you can smell, hear, touch, see and even taste!

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Joan Eardley Kitchen Sink and Cupboard Unknown © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved. DACS, London 2019

Joan Eardley

Kitchen Sink and Cupboard

Explore this set of drawing activities to help you turn your everyday surroundings into something special.

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Richard Long River Avon Mud Fingerprints Spiral 2006 © Richard Long. All Rights Reserved, DACS, London 2019.

Richard Long

River Avon Mud Fingerprints Spiral

Use nature as the subject AND the material with these activities inspired by the outdoors.

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Yinka Shonibare Sun, Sea and Sand 1995 © Yinka Shonibare MBE. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.

Yinka Shonibare

Sun, Sea and Sand

Inspired by this artwork by Yinka Shonibare, we look at how objects can tell stories, have conversations, and even create portraits!

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Iain Stewart One Day Strike for the National Health Service, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh 1988 © Iain Stewart 1999

Iain Stewart

One Day Strike for the National Health Service, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh

Send a message, invent your own alphabet and shout out loud about your personal heroes!

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Boyle Family (Mark Boyle, Joan Hills, Sebastian Boyle, Georgia Boyle) Addison Crescent Study (London Series) 1969 © Boyle Family 2018.

Boyle Family

Addison Crescent Study (London Series)

Be like the Boyle Family! Make a viewfinder and turn something ordinary into a work of art!

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Dame Barbara Hepworth Conversation with Magic Stones 1973 © Bowness for works by Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth

Conversation with Magic Stones

Go on a texture treasure hunt, have a ‘magic’ conversation and listen to a special sensory story.

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Alison Watt Sabine 2000 © Alison Watt. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.

Alison Watt

Sabine

Turn chaos into order and make art out of your bed sheets!

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Cold War Steve

Harold the Ghost of Lost Futures

Create a surreal scene, collaborate on a collage and find examples of everyday collages all around you!

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David Shrigley Imagine the Green is Red 1997 © David Shrigley.

David Shrigley

Imagine the Green is Red

Use your imagination to create your own colourful message!

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Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Vulcan 1998 - 1999 © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2018.

Eduardo Paolozzi

Vulcan

Build your own Vulcan, inspired by the shapes and objects you can find around the house!

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Shortlisted for Best Website Activity award

We are delighted to announce that Home is Where the Art is has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Best Website Activity award.

Visit the Kids in Museums website for more info and to see a range of brilliant projects created to inspire and entertain families during Lockdown visit

At home resources

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