The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) have launched an ongoing weekly series of free, fun-filled arts activities which require nothing more than your imagination and items around the house.
Home is where the art is, which can be found online here, is a series of creative family activities for all ages and has been specially developed by the Galleries’ Learning Team to enable children and families to make their own discoveries about art from the comfort of their living room.
Throughout the lockdown, five new activities from the National Galleries’ very own “Creative Curriculum” will be shared online each Monday, with all activities aiming to engage children and families with art, and to help develop creative skills such as problem solving, imagination, curiosity and open-mindedness. Each week’s activities are based around one particular artwork from the Galleries’ collection.
Kids will create their very own home-made artworks from materials around the house. They can also learn all about colour, craft and creativity through videos and a wide range of learning resources.
Recent weeks have focused on artworks including Alison Watt’s artwork Sabine, 2000, Dame Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture Conversation with Magic Stones, 1973, David Shrigley’s Imagine the Green is Red, 1997 and Ian Stewart’s One Day Strike for the National Health Service, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, 1988.
Families are asked to share their Home is where the art is artworks on social media, either through the Galleries’ Facebook Page, or on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #HomeArt. Families can share their jointly-made artworks through #ArtTogether.
The Galleries also invite people to send them art-related questions via #CreativeCurriculum. All questions are welcome. None are wrong. The most important thing is that families can be together, looking at, making and talking about art.