Home is where the art is: a creative curriculum for kids

Families – fill up your week with these free fun art activities!

Explore fourteen artworks, each with 5 creative activities that have been designed for children of all ages to explore at their own pace. And, of course, grown-ups can join in too – especially with the mid-week activities for the entire family!

These wee taster activities have been specially created during Lockdown by our Learning team to enable children and families to make their own discoveries about art. They aim to develop creativity skills, such as problem solving, imagination, curiosity and open-mindedness. Please keep in mind that there are no wrong answers - this is all about looking, chatting, making and enjoying your time at home!

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!

We hope you enjoy our ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ Creative Curriculum!

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

In addition to these activities, we are also now accepting entries from families for our Art Competition for Schools. Find out more about this fantastic opportunity for children of all ages!

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.

 

Fourteen artworks to explore, many more activities to try

Ray Harryhausen

Medusa model from Clash of the Titans

 

This is the last week of Home is where the art is before the summer holidays. It is inspired by the late, great Ray Harryhausen, the grandfather of stop-motion animation.

We’re asking you to create characters, watch and make movies, and then end the school term with 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

 

This series of paintings represents Louise Bourgeois’ friendship with Jerry Gorovoy. It’s called 10am is When You Come to Me and refers to the time that Jerry would arrive at her studio to begin their daily routine together. He worked with Louise Bourgeois for thirty years; their day together would begin at 10am.

In this activity, we’re thinking about friendship, care, and representing our daily routines!

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

Salvador Dalí & Edward James

Lobster Telephone

Dalí’s Lobster Telephone is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. DalÍ was known as a Surrealist artist. Surrealism is an art movement from 1920s France.

It was made up of artists who used their imaginations to create dream-like (or sometimes nightmare-ish!) artworks. Lobster Telephone is a great example of how the Surrealists would transform everyday things into weird and wonderful (often very funny!) objects.

This week’s activities will have you putting unusual things together, playing surreal games and even hosting 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

Karla Black is a Scottish artist who creates abstract sculptures that take over huge gallery spaces and stimulate all of our senses. She uses things like baby powder, soap, toothpaste, chalk, make-up, cotton wool and mud as the materials in her art-making, as well as traditional art materials like plaster, pigment and paint. As you walk into a room that has her artwork in it, you can often smell it before you see it!

For some artists the process of making is just as important (or more important!) than the final artwork created. This week we’re playing with this idea by finding, making and engaging our senses with lots of different materials.

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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

While we’re spending so much time at home, it's important to keep ourselves stimulated. This week’s activities will help to keep the boredom at bay by getting you to look afresh at your familiar surroundings and find the beauty in the everyday. They include fun drawing exercises, sketchbook-making, story-telling, and more.

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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

These activites revolve around the natural world. They’re inspired by the artist Richard Long, who often uses nature as the subject AND as the material when he makes art. His fascinating creations take on many different forms, including photographs, maps, pieces of writing, sculptures, walks, and mud-patterns such as the one pictured here.

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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

This image is from photographer Iain Stewart’s project, ‘Picture of Health’, for which he followed his parents (both doctors) and took photos to record them at work. This week’s activities include different ways for you to celebrate the heroes in YOUR life, whoever they may be.

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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)

This week's inspirational artwork was created by an entire family - Mark Boyle and Joan Hills, and their children Sebastian and Georgia Boyle. The artworkis an exact copy of part of a street in London. The Boyle Family threw a dart onto a map in order to decide which piece of the land they were going to reproduce!

The Boyle Family used lots of different things to create this piece of art - they wanted to make it EXACTLY the same as the piece of land they found on a map. It looks like the artists have removed part of the roadside and stuck it onto a wall. Isn't it amazing to think that anything you can see, even a kerbside, can become 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

Week five's inspiration was the multi-part sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, Conversation with Magic Stones. The artist called the three standing parts 'figures' and she called the other three parts 'magic stones'! Barbara Hepworth often made things in threes, partly because she gave birth to triplets in 1934!

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

Alison Watt

Sabine

Week four's inspiration is Alison Watt's painting Sabine. Her painted folds of fabric show her amazing attention to detail. She is inspired by historical painters (google 'Ingres' for one example) and the drapes of fabric that you can find in these paintings, but she makes them look and feel very modern.

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Cold War Steve

Harold the Ghost of Lost Futures

The inspiration for week three of our Creative Curriculum was this busy collage. The artist 'Cold War Steve' created this work by collecting images of celebrities and creating a surreal scene which you would never see in real life!

Cold War Steve's real name is Christopher Spencer. Choose your own ‘artist’ name before you start this week's activities.

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

David Shrigley

Imagine the Green is Red

The inspiration for our first week of the Creative Curriculum was this funny ‘intervention’ photograph by the artist David Shrigley. He created the work by making and placing a sign on the ground at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow - what do you think?!

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

Eduardo Paolozzi

Vulcan

The inspiration for our first week of the Creative Curriculum was Vulcan, atgiant sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi. Vulcan was the Roman God of fire and the blacksmith who made weapons for the gods and heroes. He is half-man, half-machine and stands over 7m high.

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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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