Children’s Online Workshops

Join in online from home with our children’s workshops, devised by our talented artist educators. Suitable for all ages, though preschool children will require assistance from an older child or adult. There will be a new workshop every Wednesday #WednesdayWorkshop

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Share photos of your creations with us by tagging us in on social media, or by sending photos directly to us through messenger or via email at info@thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk  We can’t wait to see what you create!

 

Expressive Faces

Faces are great fun to look at and draw! Create your own striking portrait to explore different expressions. Inspired by Theodore Garman’s portrait of family friend ‘Roland Joffe’ (c.1950), part of The Garman Ryan Collection and displayed in the ‘Children’ themed room.

 

Film duration 4 minutes 20 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Collage

Create a colourful collage to celebrate your community. Inspired by ‘A Sense of Black Community, Walsall 60s – 70s’ by Claudette Chambers. The artwork celebrates the experience of the Windrush generation that settled in Walsall in the 1960s and 1970s. To make this work the artist invited Walsall’s African Caribbean community to share family photographs with her – working together to make art is called ‘co-creation’.

The artwork was originally commissioned in 2005 for the Window Box space, to accompany exhibition ‘Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary’ and subsequently purchased for the Gallery’s collection.

Film duration 4 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

Splatters, Blobs and Washes

Combine a pencilled portrait with a wacky watercolour to create a striking work of art. Inspired by artwork ‘Woman with a Blindfold’, 2016, a pencil, watercolour, ink and collaged drawing on paper by artist Rachel Goodyear. Part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. Works by the artist Rachel Goodyear were acquired following her solo exhibition ‘Catching Sight’ at the Gallery in 2017.

Film duration 4 minutes 5 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Fun Glasses!

Transform a pair of sun glasses into flowery ‘fun-glasses’. Inspired by oil painting ‘Window Picture in June’ by Theodore Garman (1924-54). Part of the Garman Ryan Collection and displayed in the ‘Flowers and Still Life’ themed room.

Film duration 3 minutes and 55 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whimsical Woodland Creatures

Make some Autumn animals from the things that you can find outdoors at this time of year, like; leaves, petals, seed heads, acorns and twigs. Inspired by the oil painting ‘Autumn Still Life’ by Theodore Garman (1924-54), part of the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflower Garden

Paint a garden full of beautiful sunflowers. Inspired by the watercolour and gouache painting ‘Sunflowers’, 1943, by Jacob Epstein. Part of the Garman Ryan Collection and displayed in the ‘Flowers and Still Life’ themed room.

Film duration 3 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves

Create a colourful autumnal scene using wax rubbings from leaves. Inspired by the watercolour painting ‘Autumn Leaves, Epping Forest’, 1933, by Jacob Epstein, part of the Garman Ryan Collection and displayed in the ‘Trees’ themed room.

Film duration 3 minutes and 20 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portraits in Profile

Create a picture perfect portrait in profile. Inspired by artist Lucian Freud’s artwork ‘Portrait of Kitty’, 1948-9, part of the Gallery’s Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 55 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky Castles

Create a shimmering and twinkling mobile using tin foil and other recycled objects. Inspired by artist Lee Bul’s suspended sculpture, ‘After Bruno Taut (Devotion to Drift)’, 2013, part of the Gallery’s collections, purchased through Art Fund International. The artwork is part of our 20th Anniversary exhibition 20:20 – Twenty Years of Collection Contemporary Art, see the exhibition page to view a film about the piece (our Floor 3 remains closed at present – August 2020).

Film duration 4 minutes and 20 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Tree-mendous’ playhouse

Build a cardboard tree-house from recycling and arty bits and bobs you have to hand at home. Inspired by the Trees themed room in the Garman Ryan galleries. What characters will you create to play in the tree-house and which toys will be invited to join in a swinging tree-house party!?

Film duration 4 minutes and 55 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockin’ Robot

Create a robot automaton inspired by Jacob Epstein’s ‘Study for Rock Drill’, 1915, part of the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 6 minutes and 50 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textured Silhouette

Make a textured silhouette portrait, inspired by the large mixed media work ‘Jungle Queen II’, by artist Hew Locke, part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. Currently on display as part of Floor 3 exhibition 20:20 – Twenty Years of Collecting Contemporary Art.

Film duration 3 minutes and 30 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabbage Magic!

Experiment making natural ink colours using a red cabbage. Inspired by techniques used by artist Hannah Maybank, as well as by the pink and purple tones in her work ‘Hosts II’, part of the Gallery’s permanent collection, and currently on display in exhibition ’20 for 2020′.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Bag Plinth People

Turn your home into your very own art gallery with these easy to make, cute ‘Paper Bag Plinth People’!

Make a portrait of someone you know, a character from your favourite show or search the Gallery’s collection on our website for inspiration – then make a plinth for it to stand on with its own descriptive label. You could even have a party to show off your creations, just like a Gallery preview!

Film duration 3 minutes 55 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impressive Vessels

Make and decorate your own vessel using recycling and decoupage. Inspired by Chinese Glazed Pottery Amphora, from the Tang Dynasty (early 8th century) part of the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 30 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stencil That! Create an artwork by making and using your own stencils. Inspired by linocut ‘Blue Flower Pot’ by Trevor Allen, part of the Gallery’s permanent collection.

Film duration 5 minutes and 25 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloud Nine

Observe the sky and create a cloud diary. Inspired by artist Jon Constable and his oil painting ‘Landscape with Clouds’, 1820-22, which is part of the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 4 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Tortoise

Make a place for your treasures using an egg box disguised as a friendly tortoise. Inspired by a bronze tortoise artefact in the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Gallery

Create and curate your own mini gallery space, inspired by The New Art Gallery Walsall, designed by Caruso St John architects. See the accompanying PDF documents for the plinth template and artist-educator Kate Tilley’s selection of artworks from the Garman Ryan Collection or you could create your own unique pieces to display!

Film duration 4 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collagraph Birds

Make a collagraph print using different textures from materials found to hand at home. Inspired by Georges Braque’s coloured lithograph ‘Birds in Flight’ 1953-55, part of the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 40 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Dough Sculptures

Make your own version of one of Jacob Epstein’s iconic busts, inspired by the sculpture ‘First Portrait of Esther with Long Hair’, 1944. Why not make a self portrait, or a portrait of one of your friends or family members too!

Film duration 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twigs and Twine

Learn to plait and make a twiggy hanging artwork inspired by ‘Umbilical’, 2016, a popular artwork by Michele Harris that is in our collection and exhibited as part of ‘20:20’ celebrating our twentieth year.

Film duration 4 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside Inside

Make a 3D theatre scene inside a tissue box! Inspired by Pierre Bonnard’s painting ‘La Seine à Vernon‘, 1919, part of the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 4 minutes and 10 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arty Alien

Create your own Martian mate, using crafty bits and bobs to hand at home. Inspired by the sculpture ‘Alien‘, 1998, by artist Yinka Shonibare CBE. The work is part of the permanent collection, purchased through the Contemporary Art Society Special Collections Scheme, with lottery funding from Arts Council England, 1999. The work is included in exhibition ’20:20, Twenty Years of Collection Contemporary Art’, as part of the Gallery’s  20th Birthday celebrations.

Film duration 3 minutes and 55 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Sculpture

Create a sculpture from recyclable materials. Inspired by the artwork ‘Theodore Garman: The sculpture of his son that Jacob Epstein never made’, 2009, Bob and Roberta Smith, for which the artist sourced spare materials from the Gallery and surrounding area.

Film duration 2 minutes and 10 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Butterflies

Create your own origami paper butterflies from different types of paper that you have to hand at home. Inspired by the artwork ‘Moths on a Blue Path’, 1963 by artist Michael Wishart, an artwork in our Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frisky Fun!

Make a cardboard tube animal inspired by Jacob Epstein’s pet dog Frisky. We’ve provided a template of Frisky for you to print and colour, or, you can draw your own. See the ‘Gallery’ section on this page. Why not create different versions of Frisky, or some four legged friends!

Film duration 3 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phuldhani 

Create paper flowers to place in a vase. Inspired by the work of Birmingham based artist Nilupa Yasmin, whose new series of work ‘Phuldhani’ is on display as part of exhibition Too Rich a Soil and by works from our collection, Dod Proctor’s Spring Flowers and Theodore Garman’s Arum Lillies (Easter Flowers)  

Film duration 4 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crowning Glory

Create a paper crown, cleverly constructed from interlocking triangles, to celebrate our 20th anniversary year. The New Art Gallery Walsall was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 5th May 2000.

Film duration 5 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slinky Inky 

Have a go at making your own marbled paper using a similar technique to that of ‘Ebru’ or ‘Turkish Marbling’.

Film duration 3 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clay Creations

Try your hand at making your own sculpture of Frisky the dog using clay or another modelling material. Frisky was artist Jacob Epstein’s beloved pet dog, and the sculpture of Frisky is one of the most popular works with our visitors, in the Garman Ryan Collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 20 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criss Cross Creations

Have a go at weaving with strips of paper to create a unique colourful woven pattern to integrate into an image or photo. Inspired by the patterns and ideas in artist Soheila Sokhanvari’s painting ‘The Guests’, part of our permanent collection and included in the exhibition ‘20 for 2020‘, The Community Gallery.

Film duration 3 minutes and 30 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curious Creations – Matchbox Art Gallery

Create your own mini art gallery from a match box and an art work to place inside it. Create one or many! You an search our Collections HERE to find art works to print out or copy, or you might want to make one of your own artworks.

Film duration 2 minutes and 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattern Organic

Create a 3D sculpture to suspend, using a cardboard spiral. This workshop is inspired by the 3D relief petals found in artist Nilupa Yasmin’s photographic works, as well as by nature. Nilupa’s work is included in exhibitions ‘Too Rich a Soil‘ and ‘20 for 2020‘. Two works from the artist’s ‘Phuldhani’ series have been purchased for the permanent collection.

Film duration 3 minutes and 40 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rip Roaring Portraits

Create a portrait using collaged paper, inspired by the photographic portraits in exhibition Too Rich a Soil.

Film duration 2 minutes 45 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badge of Honour, a Saturday Playdate online workshop.

Create a colourful rosette in celebrations of an occasion. Make one or make many! Suitable for all ages, though preschool children will require support from an older child or an adult.

Film duration 3 minutes