Introducing Children’s Art Week


Children’s Art Week provides an opportunity for schools to introduce young people to new arts and creative activities.

Run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, the UK-wide programme aims to ‘bring people and art together’ through a host of online activities and resources.

For 2020, Children’s Art Week will take place virtually, spread across three weeks from 29th June to 19th July, with resources available for schools and children at home.

Key themes for 2020

Each week will have a separate theme this year, with all types of venues – from galleries and museums to heritage sites and country parks – as well as individual artists and makers able to register an event.

The first week focuses on the natural world, with week two looking at connecting across generations and week three concentrating on literacy and creative writing.

A celebration of the arts

An array of galleries, museums and schools are encouraged to register visual arts activities for Children’s Art Week that will provide youngsters, teachers and parents with a chance to participate.

This will mean that children have the chance to be part of practical sessions with artists and other creative people, intending to broaden the appeal of the arts.

More than 17,000 people took part in 2019, with nearly two-thirds of those individuals going to their chosen arts venue for the first time.

What sort of activities can teachers deliver?

Usually, Children’s Art Week welcomes youngsters to attend venues but that will not be possible with social distancing and other restrictions in place.

Instead, it is expected that sessions will be delivered virtually, from artists delivering online talks to setting challenges and even sending activity packs out by post!

Teachers will, therefore, have a range of options at their disposal and there are few limitations on how art can be introduced, either in the classroom or for pupils working from home.

Those planning events are encouraged to register them on the Engage website.

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