From visiting artists in their studios, listening to Tate’s podcast series or watching ‘How To’ videos to follow in the footsteps of some of the nation’s favourite artists, Tate is offering a wealth of activities, games and resources both on and offline to help keep people feeling creative at home.
For parents and carers, Tate Kids offers a range of free art activities, quizzes, films and educational resources. The Tate Kids website has seen a 137% increase in page views this week, as families go online for creative inspiration. Last weekend, a record 1,500 artworks were uploaded by kids all over the world which can be seen on the Tate Kids Gallery.
Through the dedicated website tate.org.uk/kids, children can learn about art in fun and inventive ways. From weaving like Anni Albers to collaging like Henri Matisse, Tate Kids includes a broad range of artist-inspired activities to do at home which will help keep the whole family engaged in art over the weeks ahead. Using materials found around the house, children can learn how to make marbled paper with shaving foam, a Jackson Pollock-inspired chocolate painting or their own Damien Hirst spin painting using a salad spinner. Children can also download colouring-in pages inspired by works in Tate’s collection like George Stubbs’ Horse Frightened by a Lion.
Children can create and upload their own digital artworks with Tate Paint and play online games and quizzes inspired by artists in the Tate collection, such as ‘Which Art Movement Are You?’. Tate Kids features fun and child-friendly introductions to artists such as Lubaina Himid and Vincent van Gogh through the Who’s Who? series. Exclusive Tate Kids videos include a tour of Tate Britain by children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, a visit to street artist Camille Walala’s studio and YouTuber Olly Pike’s LGBTQ+ artists film.
Educational resources to help while children are off school are also available through Tate’s online student and teaching resources from lesson plans about exploring animals in art to learning about gender and the body. Children and parents can explore Tate’s collection digitally from the comfort of their own home.
‘How To’ videos for all ages are available on Tate’s YouTube channel, learn to paint like Frank Bowling, print like Andy Warhol or cast like Rachel Whiteread. Also available across Tate’s YouTube channel are a huge range of artist interviews as well as recordings of past talks and events including Olafur Eliasson discussing sustainability with key figures from across the social and political sphere, and Lubaina Himid in conversation with Maria Balshaw.