Arts and crafts

We've got lots of creative activities for students to try at home, including  videos explaining how to create beautiful artwork and creative challenges to keep busy and have fun.

Virtual Dolls' House Project

Home art learning projects

Watch our art videos

Weekly art challenges

Daily sketchbook challenges for May

View the gallery

 

Alone Together - Virtual Dolls' House Project

The giant Dolls' House Project is an inter­na­tion­al col­lab­o­ra­tive arts project. It engages local com­mu­ni­ties and rais­es aware­ness for home­less­ness and refugees. The aim of the project is to make peo­ple aware of the impor­tance of a home and com­mu­ni­ty for all and to cel­e­brate a unit­ed diversity.

Participants make a dolls' house in a shoebox. Our students have loved taking part during lockdown.  Kellie and Roxanne have their dolls' houses featured on the project's website and their 'booklet'. Click here to view a pdf of the booklet, Kellie's box is on page 74 and Roxanne's is on page 308.

See if you can find their creations in the image below:

 

 

Home art learning projects

Physical packs are available for students at home, please email info@sharecommunity.org.uk if you would like to receive one.

Introduction:

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Project 1: Words and Art

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Project 2: Feelings and Art

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Project 3: Storytelling and Art

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Project 4: Response to Art

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Project 5: Go on a Colour Walk

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Project 6: Nature Inspired Painting

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Mindful art videos

This is a really fun way to try out mono printing which is a form of printing making lines and images that can only be made once. This technique uses tea bags.  Diana explains each step in this video workshop.

Mono printing using a simple tea bag

 

The next video also describes mono printing with tea bags using close up images and instructions.

Step by step - mono printing with a tea bag

 

A great way to reduce stress and relax is to meditate while you're looking at art. Watch this video to experience a five minute mindfulness session with Diana as she helps you focus on the calm beauty of 'Irises' by Vincent van Gogh.

A five minute meditation on Vincent van Gogh's 'Irises'

 

In this video, Diana will show you how to make beautiful tie dye patterns using home-made dyes. You can also watch a short video showing you how to make the dyes at home, just scroll down and you will see it.

How to create tie dye patterns using homemade dye

 

Here is the short video showing you how to make dyes at home. You can then use the dyes to create tie dye patterns as detailed in the video above:

DIY coloured dyes

You can download the 'recipe' for each dye here

 

You could try doing some mindful mark making:

Mark making with kitchen utensils

 

How about some doodling? It's a great way to relax and enjoy creating structured or freeform patterns. Here are some step by step videos we've created that take you through the process:

Mindful Doodling from Share

If you like you can also download the instructions here

 

How about a more colourful doodle:

Scribble and colour - mindful art from Share

You may also download the instructions for this one here.

 

Have you ever tried a zentangle?

How to create a Zentangle

 

Or what about getting outside in the fresh air if possible and painting some sticks:

Painting sticks - get creative!

 

You can also try some Spring themed colouring sheets here.

 

Weekly art challenges

Earlier in lockdown we shared simple art challenges on our social media channels using the hashtag #shareartathome to keep people inspired, motivated and entertained - Facebook @ShareCommunity  Instagram @share_community Twitter @ShareCommunity.  Scroll down for details and to see some of the artwork submitted in the gallery.



Here's Diana talking about the first challenge:

Share's art at home challenge

 

Week 1

Draw 3 things you love.

Use any type of artist material, pen, pencils, paint, collage, whatever you like!

Week 2

Put on a favourite piece of music or just turn on the radio.

Then draw whatever comes to mind.

Just let your imagination flow.

Week 3 

Blue is the colour of the sky and the sea.

It's seen as a helpful colour that can ease the mind.

What does the colour blue make you think of?

Week 4

We like doodles!

Just get a pen or pencil and scribble away.

What random things will you draw while your mind is wandering?

Week 5

This quote is filled with colour, generosity and kindness.

Feel free to illustrate it whichever way you like. 

Week 6

This is all about collage.

Tear or cut pieces of coloured paper into shapes.

Or why not use paper from a magazine and arrange the pieces into a work of art.

Week 7

Draw a portrait of someone. Use anything you like, pens, crayons, pencils, paint.

Week 8

You can go online and choose a Frida Kahlo painting of your choic.

Interpret it through ‘dress-up’ or create a bold colourful copy of the painting you choose.

 

View the gallery of work that has been submitted here

 

Creative May - Sketchbook Challenge

In May we created simple daily creative exercises to add a routine, build confidence and improve mental wellbeing. We enjoyed seeing a portfolio of artwork develop and grow over the course of a month.

Download tasks for weeks 3 & 4

Download tasks for week 2 in May

Download tasks for week 1 in May 

 

Click on an image below and scroll through to view the gallery of artwork submitted so far: