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National Galleries of Scotland shares weekly fun-filled free activities for all ages

By David Porter

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Creativity continues at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) with Home is where the art is, an ongoing weekly series of free, fun-filled arts activities which require absolutely no art materials, just your imagination and items around the house!

Art is in focus for weekly activities.
Art is in focus for weekly activities.

Home is where the art is, which can be found online here, is a series of creative family activities for all ages which have been specially developed by the Galleries’ Learning Team to enable children and families to make their own discoveries about art from the comfort of their living room.

For the duration of the lockdown, five new activities from the National Galleries’ very own ‘Creative Curriculum’ are being shared online each Monday, with all activities aiming to engage children and families with art, and to help develop creative skills such as problem solving, imagination, curiosity and open-mindedness.

Each week’s activities are based around one particular artwork from the Galleries’ collection.

Through these activities, kids can become miniature Monets and pocket-sized Picassos by creating their very own home-made artworks from materials around the house.

They can also learn all about colour, craft and creativity through videos and our wide range of learning resources, and even have the whole family make an artwork together mid-week, inspired by our weekly artwork, then share their creations with us online.

In the last few weeks we’ve focused on artworks including Alison Watt’s artwork Sabine, 2000, Dame Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture Conversation with Magic Stones, 1973 and David Shrigley’s Imagine the Green is Red, 1997.

This week’s activities involves Yinka Shonibare's Sun, Sea and Sand and looks at how objects can tell stories, have conversations, and even create portraits!

For all the families at home right now, the ‘pick ’n’ mix Creative Curriculum promises to get the children imagination’s going and creative juices flowing, with fun-filled activities to occupy the hours.

The gallery is encouraging all children and families to share their Home is where the art is artworks on social media, either through their Facebook Page, or through Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #HomeArt.

Families can share their jointly-made artworks through #ArtTogether.

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