We just wanted to let you know that any form of creativity – be it doodling, painting, crafting or sketching - is so good for you, in any form. Creativity benefits from isolation and tiresome tricky circumstances can often be super starting points. How many times have you thought, ‘I’d love to paint – if only I had the time’? Now you’ve got it, so let’s get started. You can use paintbrushes (or make-up brushes), old toothbrushes!!, sponges of any description, fingertips as well as regular pencils, pens, crayons and markers. The good news is, you don’t have to be uber talented or a Turner Prize-winner either, as a whole host of artists and creators have been sharing ways to get arty online. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites and hope you like them…
Hobbycraft, the UK’s biggest arts and crafts retailer, have a great range of projects to peruse, from the ambitious Japanese toy-making technique Amigurumi to the more straightforward art of scrapbooking and also has 50 sewing projects for beginners as a great starting point.
With museums and galleries currently in lockdown, many of the UK’s arts organisations have migrated online. Their brilliant creative teams have moved quickly to put together art activities, talks, projects and student resources for every ability. Many of them are more than just a tool to get you thinking creatively and acquiring new skills: they’re also the starting points for new digital communities sharing art and ideas. We love London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts which is hosting 900 talks and discussions staged between 1982 and 1993 on the British Library’s Sounds website.
For those who prefer mindful colouring in, check out the hundreds of cool designs to print out and get started on at Supercolouring for adults.
London Art Studies usually charges an £88 annual subscription to access their online courses but are currently showing short and accessible art history videos for only £5 at londonartstudies.com. The Tate has an excellent overview of artists working in isolation, tips on building a portfolio and free exhibitions including this month’s CREATE (Centre for Experimental Aesthetics), at the University of London, connects the humanities to the neurosciences, to advance our understanding of how culture works, and how the arts and new technologies affect our bodies and minds.
www.Notonthehighstreet.com have a great array of kits available to buy including embroidery sets, calligraphy kits as well as jewellery making kits all at really reasonable prices which make great gifts too.
The world of MOOCs (short for “massive open online courses”) is a booming one, featuring more than 10,000 online courses listed by 800 different universities. Many are free, and even more are self-paced—allowing you to take classes at your own convenience—meaning it’s never been easier to go back to school. And there are plenty of enticing offerings when it comes to the visual arts. Check them out at Etsy.
There are free online drawing lessons at Kline Creative website, designed for beginners of any age, offering instructional videos on a range of drawing subjects and Artyfactory's free art lessons share the knowledge and understanding of art and design to improve your artistic skills in creating artworks.
In Cardiff, the six gallery spaces in Oriel MOSTYN exhibit the best in international contemporary art and craft, showing artists and makers from Wales and beyond. Then there’s the contemporary Martin Tinney Gallery showing just how talented this small nation’s artists are. It’s just down the road from the National Museum Cardiff and you’ll find works by the greatest living Welsh artists, plus some very famous names from the past.
While Exeter punches above its weight when it comes to museums and galleries. The award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) if offering an exciting free game Exeter Minecraft to download, the opportunity to create new art in response to the Coronavirus with a £4,000 prize well as free interactive 3D tour of the gallery. The University of Exeter also has an extensive fine art collection, and exhibition sculpture spaces across its Streatham campus, open to all to visit by following the Sculpture Trail. Just off the cobbled Gandy Street is the Exeter Phoenix, one of the south west’s leading contemporary arts venues, showing a vibrant programme of exhibitions, performance, film and visual art.
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