Bringing Children and Art Together – Children’s Art Week
Children’s Art Week takes place in the UK and is organised by Engage. All over the country, between the 9th and the 17th June, various events will be held, giving young people and children the opportunity to get involved in a range of art activities.
What is Engage?
Engage provides support and training for gallery education. Gallery education refers to a field which works to widen access to the visual arts for everyone. It works with gallery owners and visual arts organisations. The aim is to encourage families, young people, disabled people, older people and early years groups to be more engaged with visual arts.
How Children’s Art Week is Celebrated
Engage invites various organisations such as schools, museums, galleries and community groups to organise various visual arts events. Support is provided for organisers with regards planning, running and advertising events. Support for 2018 is given by the Kirby Laing Foundation.
Teachers who want to take part in the celebration can get hints and tips if they want to plan a gallery visit. There are also ideas to include any gallery visits into the curriculum plan and to take the idea further.
A list of events currently being planned can be found on the Engage website. Activities include a Children’s Procession, Postcard Portraits, All Aboard Art Competition, free family activities, Printmaking Spectacle, Remarkable Recycling Gala and much more.
Ambassadors of the Children’s Art Week include Frances Quinn, 2013 Great British Bake Off Winner, Laura Dockrill, Author and Illustrator, artist Jenny Leonard and Ricky Martin, CBBC’s Art Ninja.