Organising any new activity takes time and careful planning. Make sure that you make the most of Children’s Art Week so that it works hard for you and adds real value to learning.
Look for links to your curriculum
Can you connect your activity to a theme or topic that you will be working on? Is there an area of your curriculum or a group of learners that needs more support or stimulation? Perhaps you are looking for exciting starting points for writing for example? Think ahead about the difference your visit can make to particular areas of learning.
What else is available in the nearby area that you could link to your visit or connect with?
Could you build in a learning walk to observe and record things in the local area? Are there local landmarks or histories you could focus your activity on?
Though venues may be closed, why not take a look at what resources organisations in your area may have to offer children and young people? Visit our guide to finding cultural organisations in your region.
Have a focus and tasks for the children to follow
Why not start with looking at an online art gallery? Art UK is the online home for every public art collection in the UK. The task might be as simple as ‘find your favourite thing and your least favourite thing to tell us about’. There are lots of good ideas for creative activities outside of galleries in the Children’s Art Week Activity cards, available to download here.
Discuss and explore
Engage Scotland Inspiring Art Cards are designed to aid pupil learning during a gallery visit or in the classroom when looking at an image or visual artwork. The twelve cards offer teachers and pupils ways to discuss and explore: Visual Vocabulary, Talking about Art, Research, Activities, Making Art
Take the chance to do some drawing
Slowing down to look and record what your pupils see is a great way to focus thinking and observing. Take a zip folder with some basic materials — paper, pencils, fineliners and a digital camera. You don’t need expensive sketchbooks; a pencil and paper are all you need. Find ideas of how to make a folded sketchbook here.
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.