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Children's Art Week

Plan your school event

Planning an event

Participants in Children's Art Week activities should be able to actively engage with visual art through looking, discussing and or/making. We hope to encourage more schools than ever before to take part – we’re piloting a scheme in Leicester and Thanet, inspired by another of our successful projects, Generation ART, and we’d like schools to exhibit artwork, which has been curated and promoted by students themselves.

Your event should allow students to experience one or more of the following:



Encounters with a gallery or museum

This could be a school-based activity following a field-trip to a gallery, museum or visual arts venue, or a virtual visit made to a venue's website to explore their collections. An increasing number of museums and galleries are making their collections available to view online, so it's always worth checking. Some good places to start are:

The V&A

- National Portrait Gallery

- National Trust Collections

- National Galleries Scotland


Working with an artist

This could be quite straightforward, or weird and wonderful! It could be planned especially for Children's Art Week, or part of a programme or festival, and can take place indoors, out on location, or a gallery or artist's studio.


Responding to material such as a work of art, photograph, landscape, or figure.

It could be planned especially for Children's Art Week, or part of existing plans, and can take place indoors, out on location, or a gallery or artist's studio.


Resources for teachers

- The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom -  National Guidance for planning learning and recreational activities that involve taking groups of children and young people away from their usual operational base.

- National Portrait Gallery's resources for teachers (secondary art)

- The V&A's resources for teachers (primary and secondary)

- Tate's online teachers' resources

The TES website has many free art and design resources to help plan activities

ArtWorks Scotland have developed a resource for teachers and artists looking to embed Artists and teachers resource looking to embed creativity into school plans, offering relevant policy, evaluation and funding information, tips on planning together and case studies from artists and teachers who have worked in partnership.

- NSEAD has a wide variety of resources for art and design teachers, from practical health and safety advice to curriculum resources

Discover more resources to help you plan your event here.


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