Art Activities

Here are some family art activities for you to try at home. 

For inspiration, take a look at our online Photographic Memories exhibition here.


Activity #1 - Andy Warhol portraits

This activity uses inspiration from the artist Andy Warhol and the portraits he created. Children had what they nicknamed a 'mickey mouse' gas mask. Have a go at making a gas mask box. Children had what they nicknamed a 'mickey mouse' gas mask. Have a go at making a gas mask box. Children had what they nicknamed a 'mickey mouse' gas mask. Have a go at making a gas mask box.

You will need:

  • 4 black and white copies of a photograph either a selfie, of your family, a landscape or an animal.
  • Pens
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Step 1 – Select a photo you wish to use and print out in black and white 4 times


Step 2 – On each photo colour in the same parts in different colours or choose different parts on each photo to colour in


Step 3 – Put the 4 pictures up, side by side


Step 4 – Ta Dah, you have your own Andy Warhol portrait

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Activity #2 - Painting with yarn

You will need:

  • Wool
  • Scissors
  • A4 paper
  • A4 piece of sticky back plastic
  • Masking tape
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Step 1 – Using your A4 paper measure and cut a piece of sticky back plastic.

Step 2 – Slowly pull back the paper backing on the sticky back plastic and put a piece of masking tape on each corner to keep it in place on your table. You should have the sticky part facing upwards.  

Step 3 – Cut up pieces of different coloured wool and place them on the sticky back plastic to make a picture.

Step 4 – When you have added enough wool for your picture carefully take the masking tape off and place the A4 paper over the top and press down firmly.

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yarn 3


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Activity #3 - Through my window

You will need:

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Pastels
  • Something to lean on
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • A chair
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Step 1 – First make a frame with a piece of A4 card. You can do this by drawing round the width of a ruler all the way round the card and cut out the middle piece by bending the card in half.

Step 2 – Then set up a chair where you are going to be drawing, whether it’s by a window looking out or in a garden.  

Step 3 – Using your frame choose a section of landscape or area you want to sketch either through your window or in your garden.  Whatever is inside your frame you will sketch onto a piece of card. You might find a willing model to sit for you.

Step 4 – Once you have sketched your picture use some pastels to colour it in.

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Activity #4 - Landscape Collage

You will need:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pictures or photographs you are allowed to cut up.



Step 1 – Tear up pieces of tissue paper that are sky colours.

Step 2 – Tear up pieces of tissue paper that are landscape colours, in to shapes of hills and mountains.

Step 3 – Select pictures from a magazine or you have found of old buildings on the internet or even old photographs that you are allowed to use and cut them into neat shapes.  

Step 4 – Arrange the tissue paper and pictures onto your card. Remember the top third is the sky, the next third is the landscape and the bottom third is the buildings.

Step 5 – Once happy with how it looks start to glue the pieces down.


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