How to grow your ideas

Your Art World

In the Challenges section, you'll find four themes to explore - a word, a picture, a question and a freestyle challenge. Choose one and follow these simple steps to get you started. 

Step one THINK

  • Chat to a friend about the questions below. We all see things differently and there are no right or wrong answers. Listening to another person might give you new ideas or help you confirm your own ideas.
  • Have a good look at your chosen word, picture or question, or come up with your own word, picture or question if you're going freestyle. 
  • What does the word, picture or question make you think about?
  • What questions do you have about it?
  • What do you want to learn about it?
  • What research could you do?

Step two WONDER

After you’ve had a good think about it, it’s time to play, explore and wonder about possibilities.

  • Make a list or a quick sketch of all the possible ideas you could make. Don't just have one idea, think of all the possibilities before you settle on one final thing to make. 
  • Playing with different materials can give you ideas. Experiment with 2D, 3D, photo, film, sounds or words. You can make art from anything - use whatever you have around you.
  • Think about scale - what's the biggest or smallest thing you could make? 
  • Take a look at these videos to find out how other artists get ideas.
  • Take a look at all your experiments and decide which one is most interesting, exciting or important to you. Which ones are least successful and why? It might help to chat to a friend again and compare what you've done.  

Step three CREATE

Steps one and two should have helped you develop your ideas and decide what you think is your best idea. You can repeat steps 1 and 2 as often as you like before you decide that you're ready to make a final creation.

Remember it can be anything - 2D, 3D, film, writing, sound, installation or a combination of all of these.

We'd love to see your experiments as well as your final work. Please send us anything you've created that you think could inspire other children and young people.

Looking for inspiration? Find out how other artists get started making art, or check out these ideas on how you might experiment with art materials.

How to create your visual voice

Art is not just for decoration. Art can help you communicate ideas and issues that matter to you. This short film suggests three techniques to help you identify what is important in your world and communicate it visually.

Making sense of art

Have you ever wondered what art is for? Humans have always made art, but why? This short film is designed to get you thinking and talking about art and what it means to you. Listen to other children and artists as they try to make sense of art, in their own words.

Your Art World

Every term we’ll post a new set of art challenges designed by children, for children. We want to inspire you to think, wonder, make and share your art in our online gallery. It could be 2D, 3D, film, animation, performance, writing or anything else you can think of.

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