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 email@example.com 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 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
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.
National Foundation for Educational Research’s report on Artists in schools offers advice on how to plan, run and evaluate your art projects.
Looking at artworks
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
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.
Resources for art activities
Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour was an exhibition of children and young people’s artwork with associated learning programmes
Victoria & Albert Museum learning resources for teachers include materials on exploring skylines, design processes, sculpture, drawing and more.
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
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.
Artsmark is 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
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.
Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.
This event is open to the public.