Open Wide by Dianne Murphy
A short guide for parents on what to do during the summer break, especially if they can't go on holiday. There are many art-related activities they can try with their children, including creating art, visiting galleries, and enrolling in art classes.

With many travel restrictions still in place and the kids off school, finding things to do that will appeal to all tastes, ages and interests can be a bit of a tall order – especially for stressed-out parents!

If you want your children to engage with art over the six weeks holiday and return for the new school year with a greater appreciation of art, then here are a few great ideas for you to try out this August that are sure to inspire even the most despondent child.


Isolation Station by Louise Mumford
Isolation Station by Louise Mumford

Give an art class a try

One of the best ways to get children to engage with art is by taking a hands-on approach to creativity.

Simply talking to them about your favourite artists or dragging them around an art gallery all day isn’t going to bear much fruit if you want to nurture a love of art from an early age. Instead, seek out local groups that are offering summer holiday classes in pottery, screen printing and general crafts as a great introduction to art and creativity for little ones.

DIY artwork at home

If you want to take things up a notch and introduce your children to a particular artistic genre, why not set up your own art studio at home?

Art supplies such as canvases, easels, watercolours, pencils and even acrylic paints can be picked up for a reasonable price from plenty of local suppliers or even ordered online. Choose a subject, topic or genre that children find interesting and ask them to unleash their newfound creativity on the supplies you’ve bought.

Although you may have a little mess to clear up afterwards, you’ll also be left with a lovely keepsake that you can treasure for a lifetime.


Cancelled flight by Philip Michael Evans
Cancelled flight by Philip Michael Evans

Take art outdoors

If your children could use a little exercise and are starting to engage with art a little more, then there’s never been a better time to pay a visit to the capital as The Piccadilly Art Takeover is in town!

A collaborative event arranged by the Royal Academy of Arts and Art of London to bring creativity to the vibrant streets of Piccadilly, this amazing outdoor exhibition features a rainbow of colourful benches and floors. There is an outdoor installation British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori, floral explosions on red phone boxes courtesy of New York floral designer Lewis Miller and renowned British event florist Simon Lycett and also an illuminated section of the River Thames!