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Art Activities

Here are some family art activities for you to try at home. You can use our online exhibition Photographic memories for inspiration.

Activity 1 - Andy Warhol portraits

This activity uses inspiration from the artist Andy Warhol and the portraits he created.

You will need

  • 4 black and white copies of a photograph
  • Coloured pens

Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Select a photo you wish to use and print 4 copies in black and white.
  2. Step 2 – On each photo colour in the same parts in different colours or choose different parts on each photo to colour in.
  3. Step 3 – Put the 4 pictures up together in a grid.
  4. Step 4 – Show off your own Andy Warhol inspired artwork.
An example photo that is to be used for the artwork
A grid of 4 of the same photo decorated in different colours in Andy Warholl style

Activity 2 - Painting with yarn

You will need

  • Wool
  • Scissors
  • A4 paper
  • A4 piece of sticky back plastic
  • Masking tape

Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Using your A4 paper measure and cut a piece of sticky back plastic.
  2. 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.
  3. Step 3 – Cut up pieces of different coloured wool and place them on the sticky back plastic to make a picture.
  4. 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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Activity 3 - Through my window

You will need

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Pastels
  • Something to lean on
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • A chair

Instructions

  1. Step 1 – 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Tear up pieces of tissue paper that are sky colours.
  2. Step 2 – Tear up pieces of tissue paper that are landscape colours, in to shapes of hills and mountains.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Step 5 – Once happy with how it looks start to glue the pieces down.
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