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Arts and creativity at home & at school

Art 

Dance

Literature

Multiple Arts Forms  

Music

Visual Art

Art 

Dance

Digital

Literature 

Multiple Arts Forms  

Music

Theatre

Visual Art

Digital

  • Scratch Programming: Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. Find it here.

History

  • Big History Project: A journey through nearly 14 billion years of history. Find it here.  

Literature

  • Michael Rosen: A wide collection of Michael Rosen stories, poems and readings/breakdowns of other famous works. Find it here.
  • National Literacy Trust: A wide range of interactive literacy, illustration and storytelling activities for 0 to 12 year olds to enjoy, create and engage with at home. Find it here. 

Multiple Art Forms

  • Artslink West Midlands Virtual Schools: Find plenty of creative challenges and activities specially selected and commissioned for children and young people in care here.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome: A range of activities suitable for students with Special Educational Needs from early years to 16, including health and wellbeing, dance, theatre and more. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Open Media: STEAM Virtual Learning for Kids with activities that look at Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths. Find them here.
  • Google Arts and Culture: A wide range of resources, exhibition and gallery tours and activities from across the world. Includes a range of arts genres. Find it here. 
  • Imperial War Museum: Lots of engaging historical information and related activities presented in a ‘friendly’ way for a range of interests and abilities. Find it here.  
  • News Reporter Club: Make a radio news show from home! A fantastic creative, storytelling project delivered through a five-day activity pack. Find it here.
  • Teaching History with 100 Objects: Harnesses the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and provides resources to inspire studying events and people in the past. Find it here.

Music 

  • BCMG Creating Music at Home: This resource includes composing activities for children and young people that they can do at home with or without instruments. Find it here. 
  • Coding: music coding for children with a Raspberry PI. Find it here. 

Theatre

  • Pentabus Theatre: A collection of Pentabus’s theatre productions with interview’s, VOX POPs and insights into the making of productions. Find them here
  • Royal Shakespeare Company: A wide collection of Shakespeare’s plays explained broken down into accessible guides for young people. Find them here. 
  • Vamos Theatre: For anyone interested in mask find plenty of resources inspired by work of Vamos Theatre here.

Visual Art

  • Ikon Learning Families: A range of creative activities to try in your home for 5 to 14 year old’s linking to the Ikon’s latest exhibition. Find it here.
  • National Portrait Gallery: A series of interviews with portrait artists and sitters from the National Portrait Gallery. Find them here.
  • RSA: A wonderful insight into the work of three regional visual artists, with the opportunity to engage with the work through ’emotional learning cards’ and video. Find them here.
  • Smithsonian: Explore the Smithsonian collection through guides, activities, virtual tours. Find it here.
  • Tate Kids: An array of fun and engaging activities, including making, games, quizzes and exploring the Tate collections. Find it here.
  • The British Museum: Travel through time to discover artefacts and objects from the British Museum here.

Digital

  • Scratch Programming: Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. Find it here.

Literature

  • Michael Rosen: A wide collection of Michael Rosen stories, poems and readings/breakdowns of other famous works. Find it here.

Multiple Art Forms

  • Artslink West Midlands Virtual Schools: Find plenty of creative challenges and activities specially selected and commissioned for children and young people in care here.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome: A range of activities suitable for students with Special Educational Needs from early years to 16, including health and wellbeing, dance, theatre and more. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Open Media: STEAM Virtual Learning for Kids with activities that look at Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths. Find them here.
  • Google Arts and Culture: A wide range of resources, exhibition and gallery tours and activities from across the world. Includes a range of arts genres. Find it here. 
  • Imperial War Museum: Lots of engaging historical information and related activites presented in a ‘friendly’ way for a range of interests and abilities. Find it here.  

Theatre

  • Pentabus Theatre: A collection of Pentabus’s theatre productions with interview’s, VOX POPs and insights into the making of productions. Find them here
  • Royal Shakespeare Company: A wide collection of Shakespeare’s plays explained broken down into accessible guides for young people. Find them here. 
  • Vamos Theatre: For anyone interested in mask find plenty of resources inspired by work of Vamos Theatre here.

Visual Art

  • National Portrait Gallery: A series of interviews with portrait artists and sitters from the National Portrait Gallery. Find them here.
  • RSA: A wonderful insight into the work of three regional visual artists, with the opportunity to engage with the work through ’emotional learning cards’ and video. Find them here.
  • The British Museum: Travel through time to discover artefacts and objects from the British Museum here.

General Arts & Education 

  • Artslink Virtual Schools: arts & culture activities and experiences to do at home – art, music, dance, drama, creative literacy, digital arts and more – specially commissioned and selected for care experienced children & young people and the people they live with. Find it here. 
  • British Council School Resources: Searchable classroom resources and structured education packs that cover a wide range of cultural and arts subjects. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Tour: Take a tour inside Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explore the exhibitions and download works of art here. 
  • Discover Creative Careers: Careers information and opportunities for young people from creative organisations in one explorable directory. Find it here. 

Dance

  • Ascension Dance – creativity at home: Activities in choreography and dance with videos and pdfs. Find them here.

Film 

  • Into Film: activities related to films and film clubs, suitable for all ages. Find it here. 

Literature

  • British Library Discovering Children’s Books: Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children’s Books. Create your own illustrations, stories, books and much more here.

Music

  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Learning Resources: A range of engaging and searchable music resources for young people and the adults that they work with. Find them here. 
  • Sing up: Singing for all age groups. Find it here.

Theatre

  • National Theatre: Access to NT productions, must be accessed through your school. Find it here.

Visual Art

  • Guggenheim, Bilbao: A virtual tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Find it here. 
  • J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: Getty offers many free digital resources for exploration, study, and research, including online art, books, videos, and podcasts here. Find it here. 
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: A virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum. Find it here.