Plan your event

Participants in your Children’s Art Week activities should be able to actively engage with visual art through looking, discussing and or/making.

Your event should allow participants to experience encounters with a gallery or museum, work with an artist, or respond to material such as a work of art, photograph, landscape, or figure.

Your event could be quite straightforward, or weird and wonderful. It could be planned especially for Children’s Art Week, or part of a programme or festival, and can take place indoors, out on location, or a gallery or artist’s studio.

The following links could be useful in helping you to plan, evaluate and document your event.

If you have any questions please email info@childrensartweek.org.uk or call the Engage team on 020 7729 5858.


Need some inspiration?

Children’s Art Week Ambassador and UK Children’s Laureate Lauren Child launched a fantastic resource which she created with Josie Scullard — six activity sheets to encourge creativity, all inspired by their favourite children’s books.

From making your own book to a 3D world, there’s a creative idea to suit every child and classroom — click here to get inspired or scroll down to check out a wealth of resources that will help you plan your Children’s Art Week event.


Working with Artists

Engage’s Making Connections Toolkit for working with art and artists — pdf free to download

Engage Cymru’s publication How Red is Red: A Toolkit for Art in the Early Years for working with younger children (available as a free PDF by clicking the link, or click here for details of how to purchase in hard copy from the Engage office, in English and or Welsh)

Engage’s Watch This Space Toolkit about schools working with artists and galleries (available as a free PDF or order in hard copy from the Engage office).

AccessArt’s resources provide ideas, inspiration and guidance for teachers, artists working in education, and museum and gallery education officers to plan art lessons and inspire their practice.

CapeUK’s Six-Step Guide provides guidance on how to commission an artist or arts organisation to work with staff and pupils in your school.

Arts Council England’s report on Artists working in partnership with schools suggests measures that can be used to ensure a positive partnership and successful project between artists and schools. It might also help to refer to Arts Council England’s Quality Principles for working with children and young people.

National Foundation for Educational Research’s report on Artists in offers advice on how to plan, run and evaluate your art projects.

Axisweb helps you search more than 3,000 selected Artists, Makers and Art Professionals by name, location, practice, area of expertise and much more.


Looking at artworks

Engage Scotland’s Inspiring Art Cards — a teaching aid for talking about art with groups


Visiting a venue and working in your community

LookUp, the culture search for London schools, provides  teachers with a central point of information to quickly and easily search and connect with London’s arts and cultural organisations

Culture 24 lists thousands of UK cultural venues – have a look at their ‘Places to go’ area

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom National Guidance for planning learning and recreational activities that involve taking groups of children and young people away from their usual operational base.

5x5x5=creativity is an independent arts-based action research organisation which supports children in their exploration and expression of ideas, helping them develop creative skills for life.

The Groundwork Trust help communities engage with their environment


Resources for art activities

The Big Draw website has many resources and ideas about drawing

Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour was an exhibition of children and young people’s artwork with associated learning programmes,run by engage, supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Helen Jean Cope Charity.

The British Museum has many free resources for visits and activities

National Portrait Gallery Teachers’ Resources include materials on image and identity and portraiture

Victoria & Albert Museum learning resources for teachers include materials on exploring skylines, design processes, sculpture, drawing and more.

Tate has many varied resources available for teachers for each of its sites.

The TES website has many free art and design resources to help plan activities

BBC Arts’ Get Creative project has some great resources around unlocking creativity and working with artists.

The Museum of London Early Years toolkit is a digital resource full of great ideas and inspiration for those working with under 5s. It includes case studies, films, articles, top tips and useful links.


Working with disabled people

Shape Arts have a variety of resources to help improve confidence in working with disabled people, and making your organisation more diverse and inclusive.


Evaluation and accreditation

Arts Council England’s Quality Principles aim to raise the standard of work being produced by, with and for children and young people. It could be helpful to consult these whilst planning your event, or at the point of evaluation.

Arts Award is a unique qualification, supporting children and young people to develop as artists and arts leaders, assessing art form knowledge and understanding, creativity and communication rather than a specific art form skill level. Anyone up to the age of 25 can gain an Arts Award through any art form, including technical and support roles. Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.

The events programmed during Children’s Art Week give children and young people the opportunity to take part in arts activities that could support them to achieve Arts Award Discover or Arts Award Explore awards.

The events programmed during Children’s Art Week give children and young people the opportunity to take part in arts activities that could support children and young people to achieve Arts Award Discover or Arts Award Explore awards.

Artsmarkis awarded by Arts Council England and aims to help schools to deliver and demonstrate a high-quality arts and cultural education. Any school setting can apply, and Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision.

Documenting your event — click here for information about asking for permission to photograph event participants.


For events in Scotland

Creating Safety provides guidance on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering artistic, cultural and creative projects for children and young people in Scotland.

ArtWorks Scotland have developed a resource for teachers and artists looking to embed Artists and teachers resource looking to embed creativity into school plans, offering relevant policy, evaluation and funding information, tips on planning together and case studies from artists and teachers who have worked in partnership.


For events in Wales

Arts Council of Wales aims to provide children and young people with opportunities to engage with the arts and cultural activities as a routine part of their wider learning experience. Experiencing the Arts is a two-strand scheme that we believe will make a big impact on the learning experiences of our young people, wherever they live in Wales.

The Welsh Government on children and young people

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and supported in 2019 by the Arts Society, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The Kirby Laing Foundation.