Children’s Art Day 2010 (12-18 July)

Children's Art DayThe creativity of thousands of children will be unleashed in galleries, museums and schools across the UK for Children’s Art Day 2010. From animation to screen-printing, photography to puppetry, Children’s Art Day gives children and young people the chance to work with artists and gets them making a huge range of their own artwork. Design a collage using recycled materials with a textile artist, learn pop-up art and paper folding, discover graffiti art, explore video art, or curate your own exhibition – these are some of the inspiring activities on offer throughout the week.

Galleries, schools, arts organisations and museums across the UK will put on a host of free events for Children’s Art Day, for a full list or to find what’s happening in your area go to

This year, schools in London will also be offered the opportunity to enter their pupils’ artwork in a new competition, ‘Look Out London’, which is run in partnership with the Big Draw and supported by the Mayor Of London. Last year more than 50,000 children and families took part in Children’s Art Day.

Here is  a list of the highlights. For full listings go to


Beautiful Baskets
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Decorate your own basket with brightly coloured flowers inspired by Flower Sellers of London by Gustav Doré.
17 and 18 July, 1 – 4pm

Picasso Peace Garden
Tate Liverpool
Decorate our activity tent with your message of peace and display your unique dove creation in the magical Picasso peace garden.
July 17, 10 – 5

Make It
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Sculpture, puppet making, and a giant working automata, which will transform throughout the day as more people add moving parts to it!
17 July, 10 – 4
All ages

Wireframe World
Fabrica, Brighton
Find out more about piers, towers and suspension bridges and build your own pylon-like structures with artist Tila Rodriguez-Past.
July 18, 3 – 4.30 family

Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery
To celebrate the opening of Worn to be Wild an exhibition of fantastical theatrical costumes, headdress and accessories inspired by British birds and mammals, Kate Plumtree, the costume designer and maker will be running printing workshops. Some come and make a beautiful print on silk
July 17, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Drumming and Drawing
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Combine drawing and rhythm to create their own original artwork.
July 17, 11 – 1

Print in Focus
Barber Institute, Birmingham
A creative print-making workshop for all ages
July 17 10 – 4
Age 16 – 18; families

Children's Art Day - Family Activity Tate Gallery London, Cy Twombly

Living in Colour
Serpentine Gallery
July 18, 12 – 5pm
Join artists and architects in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion to create a laboratory to explore and experiment with the matter of colour in architecture

Pinhole Photography
Florence Nightingale Museum
July 17 and 18,11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Get the opportunity to draw and colour your own slides on acetate project them and work with silhouettes. There will also be a demonstration of pinhole photography
Age 11-14; Age 14-16; Age 16-18; Families

Chinese, Art Taster Class
Chinese Community Centre, Gerard Street
July 18, 2-4pm
A taster class will allow children to try out traditional Chinese arts like calligraphy and Chinese paper cutting and folding

Kite Flight

Keats House

Come along and design and make a fantastic kite basted on the wonderful things found in the poetry of John Keats. You could create your own Bright Star, nightingale, dove, owl or bad and watch it fly over Hamptstead Heath

July 17 11 – 12.30

Ages 5 – 7; 7- 11 families

A world within a world
National Gallery

Join artist Sarah Tombs to discover a world within a painting and then create your own your own painting in this mixed media workshop.

July 18, 11 – 1 2; 2 -4

Moving PortraitsChildren's Art Day - The Design Museum, London 2
National Portrait Gallery
July 17 11.00 – 16.00
Join children’s picture book illustrator Tim Hopgood and our team of animators for a day exploring portraits and animation

Atelier Family Day
Whitechapel Art Gallery

Find out how your family really sees you, lose your inhibitions in our artist studio and dress up with props and costumes. Have fun drawing and painting portraits of each other in a range of styles and materials. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 17 July, 12-4pm

Smiling/Frowning, Printmaking
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park
An artist-led printmaking workshop
July 18, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Age 5-7; Age 7-11


Making Furniture
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
A workshop led by artist Guy Bishop where children will design and make pieces of furniture using found objects.
July 17,
Ages 7 –11

Street Level, Glasgow
Create photographic figurines using action figures, toy figurines and imagination, working in Street Level’s darkroom
July 17, 10.30 – 12.00


Fun with Folk Art
Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor Wales
Inspired by museum’s slate collection, make your own decorative slate to take home
17 July, 11 – 13.00