Does your little one have a creative streak?Â As well as re-decorating your kitchen or lounge, they might enjoy going to one of the many excellent local arts and crafts sessions. Â Here is a quick round up of the ones we particularly enjoy.
Sue runs fantastic, free â€˜Big Artâ€™ sessions at Corams Fields drop-in every Thursday (10-12 and 1.30-3.30), using a range of materials. Â Around the corner at Bedford house, join the ever popular, free messy play drop-in run by the very talented Carmen, each Wednesday morning from 9.30-11.30am.Â The Calthorpe Project has a special focus on art at their Wednesday drop-in session which runs from 10.30-4.30 and costs Â£1.50 (Â£2 for childminders).Â At the Coram Parents Centre there is an art theme every Tuesday at their free drop in which runs from 9.30 â€“ 11.30. Â If you need some local art on a Saturday afternoon, Holborn library run children’s craft activities every other week, from 2.15 – 3.15 for 3+s. Â The next session is on Saturday 23 November.
The October Gallery runs Family Art Days for under 5s and their families, at their gallery on Old Gloucester Street WC1 and at 1a Childrenâ€™s centre about once a month (see their website for more details).Â It is a really special occasion, combining story telling, drama and art, led by early years specialist Dani Bradstreet and Octoby the galleryâ€™s octopus.Â It is free, but very popular, and with only 20 spaces available you need to arrive in good time for the start.
The Foundling Museum have brilliant family fun days one Saturday a month, with free craft activities related to their current exhibitions.Â We have had great fun creating crowns and baskets in the past.Â In the next month there will be a chance to create a family photo and make Christmas crackers
Further afield, and aimed at slightly older children (3+s) the National Portrait Gallery runs an amazing monthly session where children are inspired by a story about an piece of artwork in the gallery, and are then given an opportunity to explore the studio in their basement to create a piece of art based on the storyâ€™s theme.Â It is free and thereâ€™s no need to book ahead.
For a more surreal art experience, why not try out the Open Studio at the Tate Modern. It is a chance for your child to try out art using a range of different mediums. Â When we visited there were overhead projectors and shapes to create some amazing abstract art. Â We were also given a piece of card and some paper clips to create our own sculpture, using art in the gallery as inspiration. Â My 3 year old (as she was at the time) loved it. Â It is free and open every weekend
I hope you enjoy trying some of these out. Â Let me know where your favourite arty session is held!