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Sunday 17 May 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Octagon Room Colouring

Sunday Afternoon Art is our monthly art drop-in session which is usually held at the Gallery for families to take part in on the first Sunday of every month. Whilst the Gallery is closed, we are hosting a new Sunday Afternoon Art activity online every week so you can continue to get creative with us whilst at home.

Today’s activity has been designed by Charlotte Cranidge.

Have you ever visited Orleans House Gallery?  One of the main parts of our site is the beautiful Octagon Room.  The original owner of Orleans House, James Johnston, commissioned architect James Gibbs to build the Octagon Room in 1720. Set apart from the original house (until 1750) the purpose of this room was to entertain!

With plenty of gold and grandeur on the inside of this room, we want to challenge all you little and big artists to brighten up the outside! Can you make our Octagon Room pop?

Materials: Coloured pens or pencil

Extra: Tablet

  1. Print out or download the colouring sheet to your tablet and colour it in! You can take inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Patrick Caulfield or Yayoi Kusama to create a bright, bold and unique piece of art!
  2. Don’t forget to share your creations with us by using the #OrleansHouseGallery

You can even create your own picture to colour in inspired by the collection.  Maybe try copying one of these images of the Octagon Room and Orleans House Gallery site and making it decorative and colourful.

Print of the Octagon Room by Niamh MacGowan from 2002
Print of the architectural plans of the Octagon Room from 1720
Print depicting a royal visit to the house by Édouard Pingret from 1846

Don’t forget to share with us at #OrleansHouseGallery