For teachers

Children’s Art Week is back for 2020, running from Monday 29 June – Sunday 16 July 2020

This annual campaign encourages venues and schools to participate in activities that capture children’s imaginations and encourages creativity. Year after year, Children’s Art Week creates an opportunity for children to engage with the arts and we would love for your school to take part.

There are countless benefits for children and young people in working with artworks, artists and galleries, demonstrated through ground-breaking programmes run by Engage as well as many other organisations. Many schools use Children’s Art Week as a way to bring more arts activity into the school curriculum, whether by working with an artist, curating an exhibition of children’s work, or dedicating that week to a programme of arts activity.

In 2020, each week of Children’s Art Week will focus on a special theme:

  • Week 1 (from 29 June): The Natural World
  • Week 2 (from 6 July): Connecting across generations
  • Week 3 (from 13 July): Literacy and creative writing

Finding an activity or event  

We’ve invited venues and organisations across the UK to respond to our 2020 themes and plan fun, arty and creative activities that children and young people can take part in at home and in schools. 

Details of all Children’s Art Week events will be added to the website right up until June, so keep checking back in as events are added! 

Plan and register an event  

Although most Children’s Art Week events and resources are open to the public, schools are welcome to organise and register private events that are open to pupils and their families only.  

Registration for Children’s Art Week 2020 has now closed.

Download our Activity Cards

In 2017 Turner Contemporary, Engage, and the Young Art Leaders of Palm Bay Primary created fantastic new Children’s Art Week activity cards, which explore Looking, Discussing, Making and Exhibiting.

With activities for individuals, pairs and groups, follow on ideas for the classroom or at home, and useful resources to explore online, these are designed to help you make the most of your visit to any Children’s Art Week setting, particularly if you are a teacher, educator, parent or carer.

Discover at Home

Arts Award introduces Discover at Home, a flexible framework to support creative learning at home, with limited resources. Designed to enable all families to enjoy arts learning, this resource pack gives your parents & carers all they need to get creative at home. If you are an Arts Award centre or have an Arts Award adviser at the school, you can also apply for the children to receive a certificate. Link Discover at Home to your Children’s Arts Week plans, or map it to your planned curriculum.

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.

This event is open to the public.