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Creative activities at home

Get creative - even when you can't visit us!

Art shouldn't be confined to the gallery.

Whether you’re looking for craft activities to do as a family, or want to explore art in a different way, we’ve got resources to help.

Make a model boat

Create a model boat inspired by Victor Willing’s 1978 painting, Night.

All you need is:

  • cardboard (like a pizza box)
  • PVA glue
  • masking tape or sellotape
  • balloon
  • newspapers
  • kebab sticks or twigs
  • string
  • scissors
  • pencil, paint and paintbrush

Download the pdf

Large cockle shell shape vase with small opening at the top modelled in creamy grey. The ridges in the clap look black.

Papier Maché Pottery

Using paper plates, glue and paper make your own vase inspired by James Tower’s Shell Vase.

All you need is:

  • A kitchen roll tube
  • 2 paper plates
  • Masking tape / Sellotape
  • A pair of scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Newspaper

Download the pdf

Colourful geometric shapes which produce optical illusions

Make an Op Art Bookmark

See what optical illusions you can make with our Op Art inspired bookmark.

All you need is:

  • paper or card
  • a printer.

Download the pdf

Painting by Ivon Hitchens depicting a view of rolling downland with sheep and lambs gambolling in the foreground.

How are artists inspired by their surroundings?

Be inspired by landscape artworks from our collection and have a go at creating your own.

Download the pdf

Create your own shoebox gallery

Make your own gallery with our guide on how to make one from a shoebox and fill it with your own creations!

Download the pdf

Missing us? You can also download some plans of our rooms and make your own Pallant House Gallery at home!

Download the plans for the townhouse

Download the plans for the contemporary wing

Abstract painting of eight blocks of colour in shades of red, green, yellow, orange and blue. All but two of the blocks are divided diagonally to feature two colours.

Take a Closer Look at… Mark Lancaster’s ‘Cambridge Red and Green’ (1968)

Delve a little deeper into this artwork with our discussion ideas and creative activities – including one using only Excel (yes, really!).

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Make a Modern Art Aquarium

Make an aquarium full of fish inspired by artists!

You’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sellotape, masking tape or blu-tac
  • Glue

Download the pdf

A young girl decorstes a piece of paper with a yellow butterfly design

10 things to do with a sheet of A4 paper

You don’t need an artist’s palette or other specialist tools to get creative!

Here are 10 ways to fold, cut and decorate paper to create different activities. Make a paper plane or fan using just paper, or grab scissors, glue or even some paints and colouring pencils to create masks, snowflakes, pop-up cards and more!

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Make your own Pop art inspired robot

You’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Download the pdf

Painting by Gino Severini in cubist style with geometric shapes and patterns. Depicts a full length view of a dancer performing the Can-Can, wearing yellow hose and white petticoats.

Make a Futurist paper puppet

You’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • 4 paper fasteners
  • Sellotape
  • Wool or embroidery thread
  • Something to make holes in the paper – a hole puncher and knitting needle are ideal

Download the pdf

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