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Sunday 5 July 2020

Children’s Art Week – The Natural World

To celebrate Children’s Art Week, Orleans House Gallery are sharing some of our favourite activities that relate to the natural world – the theme of this year’s children’s art week.

We have been sharing activities for families to do together at home over the last few weeks instead of running our usual activities at the gallery. Today, we have collated a mix of activities from the last couple of months from Sunday Afternoon Art Online and See Saw @ Home, as well as selecting a couple of old activities from past exhibitions for you to complete at home.  Please scroll through the page to find the activities.  Some will be links to other pages and some will be pasted straight here.

Make Your Own Paintbrush

Seven used paintbrushes lined up on a table. They are made from different materials such as string and sponge.

Click on the link below to see how to make your own paintbrush. As we are focusing on the natural world today, try and use things you find in your garden for your brush (remember don’t pick anything). What different marks do the different materials make?

Create – Big Leaves and Small Insects

Watch this video and make your own big leaves and small insects.

For more information about mass and volume which was our inspiration for this activity click on the link below.

Recycled Rockets

Rockets made from recycled materials

Click on the link below to see how to make your own rocket from recycled materials.  What other things can you make from the recycling in your house?  Remember, recycling is good for the environment and helps to look after the world.

Tail-Time Storytelling

This activity was designed around the theme of colour.  Listen to the story and then make your own butterfly ring.

Extra Ideas

Here are another four fun activities inspired by past exhibitions at Orleans House Gallery and at its other venues, the Riverside Gallery and the Stables Gallery.  Download the worksheets and have a go at being inspired by the natural world.  If you don’t have a printer then just do the activity on a sheet of paper.

Or just go outside and make your own artwork inspired by the wonderful work around you. You can make rubbings of leaves, draw what you see and listen, smell and look around you.

Don’t forget to share your thoughts and ideas with us at #OrleansHouseGallery

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and supported in 2020 by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.

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