The giant Dolls' House Project is an international collaborative arts project. It engages local communities and raises awareness for homelessness and refugees. The aim of the project is to make people aware of the importance of a home and community for all and to celebrate a united diversity.
Participants make a dolls' house in a shoebox. Kellie and Roxanne initially contributed to this and have their dolls' houses featured on the project's website. It was such a fascinating and enjoyable project that soon our entire arts group created shoeboxes, expressing their thoughts and feelings about what lockdown meant for them. We're grateful to Catja de Haas for her support and for creating a wonderful booklet as a memento of the experience and a showcase of our students' creations.
Physical packs are available for students at home, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive one.
Project 1: Words and Art
Project 2: Feelings and Art
Project 3: Storytelling and Art
Project 4: Response to Art
Project 5: Go on a Colour Walk
Project 6: Nature Inspired Painting
This is a really fun way to try out mono printing which is a form of printing making lines and images that can only be made once. This technique uses tea bags. Diana explains each step in this video workshop.
The next video also describes mono printing with tea bags using close up images and instructions.
A great way to reduce stress and relax is to meditate while you're looking at art. Watch this video to experience a five minute mindfulness session with Diana as she helps you focus on the calm beauty of 'Irises' by Vincent van Gogh.
In this video, Diana will show you how to make beautiful tie dye patterns using home-made dyes. You can also watch a short video showing you how to make the dyes at home, just scroll down and you will see it.
Here is the short video showing you how to make dyes at home. You can then use the dyes to create tie dye patterns as detailed in the video above:
You can download the 'recipe' for each dye here
You could try doing some mindful mark making:
How about some doodling? It's a great way to relax and enjoy creating structured or freeform patterns. Here are some step by step videos we've created that take you through the process:
If you like you can also download the instructions here
How about a more colourful doodle:
You may also download the instructions for this one here.
Have you ever tried a zentangle?
Or what about getting outside in the fresh air if possible and painting some sticks:
You can also try some Spring themed colouring sheets here.
Weekly art challengesFacebook @ShareCommunity Instagram @share_community Twitter @ShareCommunity. Scroll down for details and to see some of the artwork submitted in the gallery.
Here's Diana talking about the first challenge:
Draw 3 things you love.
Use any type of artist material, pen, pencils, paint, collage, whatever you like!
Put on a favourite piece of music or just turn on the radio.
Then draw whatever comes to mind.
Just let your imagination flow.
Blue is the colour of the sky and the sea.
It's seen as a helpful colour that can ease the mind.
What does the colour blue make you think of?
We like doodles!
Just get a pen or pencil and scribble away.
What random things will you draw while your mind is wandering?
This quote is filled with colour, generosity and kindness.
Feel free to illustrate it whichever way you like.
This is all about collage.
Tear or cut pieces of coloured paper into shapes.
Or why not use paper from a magazine and arrange the pieces into a work of art.
Draw a portrait of someone. Use anything you like, pens, crayons, pencils, paint.
You can go online and choose a Frida Kahlo painting of your choic.
Interpret it through ‘dress-up’ or create a bold colourful copy of the painting you choose.
View the gallery of work that has been submitted here