Get involved in Children’s Art Week 2020 with these Free Teaching Resources

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: July 2020
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Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. 2020’s Children’s Art Week is a little different to previous years, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t engage and enjoy the wealth of resources and opportunities they offer!

The Engage website offers a wide range of activities and opportunities with resources suitable for all ages and all art levels.

This year, Children’s Art Week will take place online, at home and in schools across three weeks in June and July. Each week will focus on a special theme.

This year’s Children’s Art Week themes are:

  • Week 1 (from 29 June): The Natural World
  • Week 2 (from 6 July): Connecting across generations
  • Week 3 (from 13 July): Literacy and creative writing

About Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week is a fantastic opportunity to encourage families, children and young people and schools to take part in fun, creative activities that they might not have tried before. 

In 2019 more than 17,000 children, young people and adults took part in events in venues across the UK. Organisers reported that 62% of participants were first-time visitors to their venue. 32% of participants were audiences who were completely new to the arts.

Children’s Art Week has become a valuable opportunity for arts & cultural venues and individuals to reach out to new audiences and take part in a national event.

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How to get involved in Children’s Art Week

It’s free for teachers and students to access the free Children’s Art Week resources. All resources and activities are hosted on their website.

Week 1: The Natural World

Week 2: Connecting across generations

Week 3: Literacy and Creative Writing

See all of the Children’s Art Week Events & Opportunities

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It's the first week of the Scotland School Holidays! 🥳🥳🥳 We would love to see you celebrating by taking part in a creative activity. Below are some suggestions from the fantastic section of Scotland events from our Week 1 #ChildrensArtWeek theme 'The Natural World' 1. Join freelance artist and educator @salhack for an online step-by-step workshop to create your own indoor garden diorama. Search @glasgowmuseums on YouTube to view the tutorial or see engage.org/happenings/garden-diorama-with-sally-hackett 2. Balmacara based artist @isabelmcleishart has created a series of nature-inspired templates and creative prompts available for free at the new @atlasarts Skye Zine Libraries around Skye and Lochalsh. Create your own zine and drop it back at the zine library box — ATLAS will collect them and make lots of copies to be shared. See there Instagram for further details! 3. Part foraging and plant identification, part mark-making and bookbinding – Bookbinding & Botanicals will inspire you to get back to nature and get creative. Funding from Engage has made it possible for 30 of kits to be donated by @northedinarts to families in North Edinburgh. See @bookbindingwithcass for details on how to purchase your own! 4. Follow @circus_artspace on Instagram and check out the Wild and Weedy activities by artist @sadiestoddart, published 10:00 am 29 June – 3 July 5. Calling all artists! Create your own masterpieces to go on display in a brand new online digital exhibition with @natminingmuseum (entries close 17 July) For more creative activities from across the UK visit www.childrensartweek.org #EngageScotland #GetKidsCreating #GlasgowMuseums #GlasgowGoMA #SkyeZineLibrary #BookbindingwithCass #CircusInverness #VisitMidlothian #FamilyFriendly #ArtsandIndustry #GoIndustrial #FamilyFun #Art #Summerholidays #VisitScotland #ScotSpirit #FamiliesEdinburgh #GetCreativeAtHome #ArtTogether #MuseumFromHome #CultureAtHome #CreativeKids #Artforkids #ArtEducation #KidsArt #KidsActivities #ChildrensArt #ChildrensActivities #StayCreative

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Get creative and share your achievements!

Children’s Art Week is sharing a selection of student’s creations on their Instagram page. You can also share your student’s achievements with #ChildrensArtWeek and #GetKidsCreating.

Take a look at Children’s Art Week’s Instagram.

Hear more about Children’s Art Week

You can find out more about Engage about Children’s Art Week’s on their website.

See the Children’s Art Week website.


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