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  1. Mud painting

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    Big activities with a small footprint.

    Mud painting is a fun way to explore nature and get a little bit messy!  
     
    Watch our wonderful video and follow our instructions to help you make a beautiful artwork using nothing but nature. We recommend you wear old clothes when doing this activity and you may need an adult to help.  

    You will need: 

    • Mud  
    • A long piece of paper, cardboard, fabric or any surface to paint on to 
    • Sticks & leaves or flowers as your paintbrushes  
    • An old tub to collect some soil  
    • A smell amount of water to create your mud  
    • Old Clothes  
    • Something to wipe and clean your hands with once you have finished  

    Instructions:  

    1. Find some mud! This is an activity to do outdoors, either go into your garden or visit your local park.  
    1. Take a long piece of cardboard, paper or fabric as your canvas to paint on to. If you do not have any of these things why not use a tree to paint on instead?  Make sure your paper doesn’t blow away by placing rocks or pebbles on top in each corner.  
    1. Time to explore, what natural items can you find around you as paintbrushes?  
      We think that twigs, leaves, flowers and grass are always wonderful to draw with.  
    1. Using an old container collect some mud! If it has been raining you may be able to use mud straight from the ground. If the soil is dry, take a small amount in your container and then add water and mix thoroughly to make your paint.  
    1. Using the leaves, twigs, grass and flowers your found start to paint!  
      What different types of marks do your natural paint brushes make? Are there some better than others?  
    1. If it’s a sunny day why not try making shapes with your shadows and painting around them.  
      Save your artwork and work in to it another day – or start again by recycling your paper or cardboard.  
       

    Have you see our growing guide for sunflowers on our Spring Thing activity webpage. Why not take a look and have a go at something else?

  2. Window Painting

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    “Bring love and light to a long dark winter”

    Have fun creating a colourful window painting using simple materials: masking tape, poster paints and a drop of washing up liquid. It’s a lovely technique which anyone can try; you can make your artwork as intricate or simple as you like!

    What You’ll Need

    To create your window painting, you will need:

    Photo of paint in yoghurt pots, cloth, washing up liquid, newspaper and masking tape.
    • paper and pencil
    • poster paints and paint brushes
    • masking tape
    • washing up liquid
    • old yoghurt pots or similar for mixing your paints

    The masking tape will be used to create an outline on the window, like the lead of stained glass. Once your design has been safely taped on, the colour will be applied. First follow these steps to make your design really special.

    STEP 1: Ideas…

    Quickly sketch imagery to use in your design.

    Example of designs on paper including tulips, a sun on blue background

    Thinking about our theme of “love and light” and the time of year, I’ve sketched hearts, blossom and spring flowers, a sunshine or even a lightbulb! Remember to keep your sketches simple – you are going to recreate them in masking tape and paint, so nice bold shapes work best!

    STEP 2: Design

    Use one or more of these ideas to help you create your design. They will make great cards or pictures to send to people too!

    Frames
    Window template - simple portrait frame on A4 paper.

    This simple frame is a great starting point. You can use the central rectangle for your main design and then use simple decoration for around the edge. Play around with the shape of your frame so it is a good fit for your window.

    Repeated Pattern – “radial symmetry”

    This simply means repeat your pattern around a central point, a bit like petals on a flower.

    Start by drawing a cross. Add one of your sketches, then repeat in each quarter. Each sketch will be the mirror image of the sketch diagonally opposite. Add 2 or 3 more sketches in a similar way to develop your design.

    Freestyle

    Draw a wavey line or a zig zag; whatever shape you like! Now sketch your shapes and arrange them around the line; perhaps they will form a pattern or maybe they will appear to be falling from the sky!

    STEP 3: Now for the painting!

    First, ensure your window is clean and dry, or your tape won’t stick down very well! Next use masking tape to create the entire outline of your design. To help add detail, you can cut or tear the masking tape in half. To add shapes or curves use shorter pieces of tape.

    – Before you get your paints out, clear the area you will be working on and cover any nearby surfaces, particularly the window sill which may get dripped on!

    – Prepare your paints! Add a drop of washing up liquid to your paints; this will help the paint to be more easliy removed later.

    • Now carefully add your paint colours onto the window. Avoid washing your brush too often by working methodically and completing each colour application before moving on to the next colour.
    • To clean your brush, rinse in a jar of clean water, then dry on kitchen towel or old cloth. Having a wet brush will thin the paint and make your colours run. If the colours seem pale, wait for the paint to dry a little then add another layer.
    • Your window painting is complete. Try putting some fairy lights in the window if you have some around – the lights will shine through the colours in the dark.

    Take a look at some of our other Light Up Lockdown activities.

  3. Jam Jar Tealight holders

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    These simple tealight holders use only a few materials to help Light Up your Lockdown! This activity is suitable for ages 3+ with adult supervision.

    Three jam jar tea lights on display arranged on a table with books.

    You will need:

    • Clean jam jars
    • Tissue paper
    • Glue
    • A plastic bag or covering for your work surface
    • Battery operated tea light
    • Optional – Scissors & Non battery operated tea light

    (If you are using a pair of scissors and a non-battery operated tea light please have adult supervision)

    How to create your Jam Jar Tealight

    1) Set up your area ready for making, wear old clothes in case you get messy

    2) Clean your jam jars or all sticky labels, leave to dry

    3) Cut or tear your tissue paper for your design

    4) Using your finger, a brush or glue spreader put a light coating of glue onto the outside of your jam jars

    5) Gently attach your tissue paper onto the glass using your fingers.

    6) Wait until all of the glue on your jam jar is dry, this may take a few hours

    7) Turn your battery operated tea light on and pop it inside of your jam jar to watch it glow.

    If you are using a tealight which requires a flame, please be careful to never leave it unattended or near small children or pets.

    Completed Jam Jar tea-lights lit up on table with books.

    Go back to our Light Up Lockdown webpage and take part in some more Light Up Lockdown activities. If you’d like to share your tea-light, why not submit it to our Oldham Lockdown Museum.

  4. Children’s Mental Health Week

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    From the 1st – 7th Feb we are celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week and sharing some of our favourite resources which support children and young people. Since 2015 Place2Be have been shining a spotlight on mental health in under 18’s and this year’s focus is Express yourself!

    Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.’

    Now more than ever it’s essential we look after ourselves and each other, this starts with supporting our mental health. From being creative to stepping away from social media, our Gallery Oldham approved list showcases some of the fantastic resources available from local and national organisations.

    If you or someone you know is in need of support there are links to a number of charities at the bottom of this post who can offer support.

    Start2 – A huge range of activities to suit all of your needs, suitable for mixed abilities and some of them focussing on beautiful artworks!

    GM Care Kits – 36 pages of activities to support your mental health through these extremely difficult times, each activity has been added by an organisation in Greater Manchester.

    Proud Trust – The Proud Trust are a Manchester based charity supporting young people who identify as LGBTQ+.

    Action for children – A toolkit focussed on creative writing and sharing your thoughts and feelings through writing.

    Therapy Comics – Non-text based resources for young people and children.

    Wee Seeds – Toolbox full of resources for carers of children under 5

    Boromi – Daily email resources for carers of children under 5

    BBC Bitesize – Support for young adults on a variety of topics.

    If you or someone you know is struggling please seek help; the following links will take you to support pages. If you require immediate support please contact your local A&E or by calling 999.

    Young Minds
    Mind
    42nd Street

     

    We would love to see how you are celebrating and supporting Children’s Mental Health week, remember to tag us and share any ways you are being creative to support your mental health.

    #Galleryoldham


  5. Lantern Making: Illuminate Family Activity

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    Take Part in Illuminate 2020.

    Family Lantern Making – make a lantern and join the Illuminate Parade on Friday 21 February 2020 at 6pm.

    Your chance to make a lantern -Saturday 8th & 15th and Thursday 20th February, 10 – 4pm

    Gallery Oldham, FREE, book your place via eventbrite

    To find out more call 0161 770 3070.

     

  6. Lantern Making: Illuminate Family Activity

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    Take Part in Illuminate 2020.

    Family Lantern Making – make a lantern and join the Illuminate Parade on Friday 21 February 2020 at 6pm.

    Your chance to make a lantern -Saturday 8th & 15th and Thursday 20th February, 10 – 4pm

    Gallery Oldham, FREE, book your place via eventbrite

    To find out more call 0161 770 3070.

     

  7. Lantern Making: Illuminate Family Activity

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    Take Part in Illuminate 2020.

    Family Lantern Making – make a lantern and join the Illuminate Parade on Friday 21 February 2020 at 6pm.

    Your chance to make a lantern -Saturday 8th & 15th and Thursday 20th February, 10 – 4pm

    Gallery Oldham, FREE, book your place via eventbrite

    To find out more call 0161 770 3070.

     

  8. October Half-term: Free Fun

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    Wondering what to do with the kids this October half-term to keep them busy? Why not come along to our free fun activities?

  9. Illuminate Festival

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    Join us for Oldham’s FREE annual Illuminate festival.

    A lantern parade from the Gallery starts at 6pm. There is also a range of artists and music to be found in the Gallery gardens as well as in Oldham town centre. Come and join us!

  10. Autumn Half-Term Holidays

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities, events and workshops for children & families of all ages. From our early years sessions to our small cinema viewings there’s always something to bring your little ones to.

    As well as our regular events, we also have activities in our gallery spaces and landings which are linked to our exhibitions. We also guarantee to have at least one family friendly exhibition at all times.

    We have a selection of free, creative and fun family activities which take place during all school holidays. Face painting and craft activities at each session.  Most suitable for ages 4–10 years.

    Monday 29 Oct
    Flag Making and Badge Sashes

    Tuesday 30 Oct 
    Guy Fawkes Puppets and Bonfire Night Collages

    Wednesday 31 Oct 
    Pumpkin Lanterns and Spider Cups

    Children must be accompanied by an adult for all family activities.

     

    All holiday activities are free with face painting for just £2.