We hope that during these uncertain and isolating times, connecting through creativity will help to bring some colour and relaxation to your day, whilst continuing to keep us together! Over the coming weeks we'll be sending you a variety of artistic challenges set by our lead artists and volunteers, to bring you some home-based arts for wellbeing during lockdown or self-isolation.
Activity 31 - Tissue Paper Flowers
The challenge – create lovely, colourful, low-maintenance tissue paper flowers for your window sill this summer!
Thanks to - our MA intern Amie.
Activity 30 - We are mini dreamers
The challenge – a very special and exciting project to encourage you to dream and look ahead, to use creativity to focus on the positives of emerging from our collective restrictions.
Activity 29 - Tissue paper suncatchers
The challenge – create some colourful suncatchers that look brilliant on your window at home.
Thanks to - our MA intern Amie.
Activity 28 - Animal poly-printmaking
The challenge – a simple and fun animal print activity, perfect for children and a great way to teach them about animals,.
Thanks to - participant artist Hannah.
Activity 27 - Paper Mosaic Bookmark
The challenge – mosaic-style bookmark using different shapes, colours and textures.
Thanks to - participant artist Rachel.
Activity 26 - Collage Silhouettes
The challenge – use subject-related material tocreate a collage of the item.
Thanks to - participant Carl, who lovesfilms, comics and all things superheroic!
Activity 25 - Cute Origami Phone Stand
The challenge – create your own multi purpose origami stand.
Thanks to - participant artist Anne
Activity 23 - Drawing with scissors
The challenge – create a Matisse inspired cut-out collage, looking at shapes from nature.
Thanks to - artist Mandy Beck McKim.
Activity 21 - Mindful mark making and pattern
The challenge – experiment with mark making on paper with doodles and different patterns.
Thanks to - community and visual artist Sharon Campbell (Find Sharon onInstagram here ).
Activity 20 - Christmas crackers and decoupage baubles
The challenge – make festive decorations from old books and recycled papers.
Thanks to - Mandy Beck-Mckim. (website and and on Instagram here )
Activity 19 - Autumnal Print
The challenge – create an autumnal print using leaves found outside.
Thanks to - artist and workshop facilitator Jasmine Walne. (Website and Facebook here).
Activity 16 - Smartphone Loop Songwriting
The challenge – creating your own song of recorded loops on your smartphone or tablet!
Thanks to - Rob Allen AKA Manchester-based musician RoBoTaLiEn.
Activity 15 - Watercolour doodles
The challenge – decide what type of doodle you want to make. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas.
Thanks to - doodle enthusiast and Arc participant, Kate.
Activity 14 - Embroidery motto
The challenge – using simple embroidery stitches, sew and decorate your own personal motto.
Thanks to - Arc creative volunteer Ellen Samuel.
Activity 13 - Your Art is Street Art
The challenge – create your own work using Keith Haring's style, perhaps representing
Thanks to - Arc trustee Graeme Draper for this activity.
Activity 11 - Cardboard Sculptures
The challenge – Have fun making a sculpture out of cardboard, inspired by the sculptures of contemporary British ceramicist.
Thanks to - Andrew Wood, Arc associate, teacher and theatre designer.
Activity 10 - Kitchen Pop Art Collage
The challenge – Using just a few simple art materials and some cupboard
inspiration we are going to create our own bold collage masterpiece!
Thanks to - Lauren Jones for this activity.
Activity 9 - Paper Puppets
The challenge – using the templates provided, have a go at creating your own
Thanks to - Jessica Wheeler and Anna Pearson (Instagram -
Jessica: @dambalacraft & Anna: @anna.pearson.animation) for this activity.
How to Make a Ceramic Leaf Dish
The challenge – make a ceramic dish in the shape of a leaf, if you have no clay . . . . . make your own clay as well !
Thanks to - Jeni Jacques-Williams (https://www.lemonstudio.co.uk) for this activity.
Odd sock mouse mates
The challenge – cut and sew to recycle an old sock and create a little
mousey mate. You could even make a whole family and have a mousey tea party!!
Thanks to - Arc's Saturday Art Club volunteer, Katie Kelly for this activity.
How to make your own clay
The challenge – how to make your own paper clay at home. When you are ready to start modelling, have a go at making a bowl.
Thanks to - Sharon Giles for this activity.
Kitchen Table Mandalas
The challenge – draw a Mandala using household objects found in your home to create the patterns. Experiment and have fun seeing which objects work best.
Thanks to - Sharon Campbell for this activity.
The challenge – choose 3 objects, then try each of the following drawing exercises with each piece - continuous line drawing, blind drawing and opposite hand drawing.
Thanks to - Alison Waters for this activity.
Mark-making and collage
The challenge – create a set of mark-making patterns that can be used in a variety of ways. Think dots, dashes, lines, squiggles and repeat these patterns.
Thanks to - Alison Greyer for this activity.
The challenge – using Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' as inspiration, create your own work of art on the page from the play (included).
Thanks to - Arc artist and creative wordsmith, David Milligan-Croft.