Children’s Art Week

The Annual Celebration of Children’s Creativity is Back!

Get creative online, at home or in school with one of hundreds of arty activities from artists and venues across the UK.

Children’s Art Week (Monday 29 June – Sunday 19 July 2020) is back for 2020. With arts venues closed and many schools operating remotely, Children’s Art Week 2020 is bursting with creative activities families and schools can take part in online and remotely for three weeks from June to July.

Each week focuses on the theme to help inspire organisers and participants: 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.
There are events, activities and workshops for children of all ages to encourage everyone to #GetKidsCreating. All events and activities are free to take part in and use simple materials that can be found around the house or classroom.

Over the past months, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how essential creativity and the visual arts are for learning, connecting and wellbeing. Children’s Art Week is a fantastic opportunity for families, children and young people and schools to take part in fun, creative activities that they might not have tried before.

Engage, the organisation behind Children’s Art Week, has supplied grants to venues to commission freelance artist educators to produce exciting new resources and activities for children and young people, including those without digital access, in England Scotland and Wales. With venues and freelance artists and educators facing challenging times, Children’s Art Week is proud to be offering this support.

Children’s Art Week ambassador and artist Jenny Leonard, explains why she wants children and families across the UK to get involved:
“Now more than ever as we are all spending our time at home and away from others, it is crucial we allow our minds to play and have a creative outlet. I think that drawing plays a vital role in our creativity, never be afraid to have a scribble session and be playful and free with your inky lines. Drawing is good for you!”

Jane Sillis, Director of Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, “Engaging with hands on arts activities is fun and great for wellbeing. We’re privileged in the UK to have amazing artists, teachers and arts organisations. The activities and resources shared through Children’s Arts Week share great ideas for engaging with art and artists — essential for the recovery curriculum and for fun at home.”

Details of all Children’s Art Week events will be added to the website www.childrensartweek.org.uk right up until June, so keep checking back in as events are added! You’ll be able to search events but age, region, and theme to find an activity perfect for the children and young people in your life.

For further information please visit www.childrensartweek.org.uk or follow @ChildrensArtWeek on Instagram.

You can also follow Engage on Twitter @engagevisualart and use the hashtag #ChildrensArtWeek or #GetKidsCreating for updates, or search for ‘engageinthevisualarts’ on Facebook.

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