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Online Easter Fun For All the Family

1 April 2021

Alas, the sunshine is looking decidedly cooler for the Easter Bank holiday weekend. But do not fear, as museums and galleries remain closed to the public until mid-May, many have a bucket load of online treats instore to keep families entertained a little while longer.
The National Gallery’s Easter activities includes musical storytelling, art workshops and tours for the whole family.  Check out their website for full details and to book on sessions.  Here’s a selection of what’s planned for all age groups:
Online musical storytelling for families with children under 5 – FREE 
Look, listen, and make some noise! 

Join Paul Rubinstein, musician and early years facilitator, to sing-along a story about a painting. 
Bring National Gallery pictures to life as Paul performs live and guides grown-ups and little ones through fun, simple techniques to try at home. Travel across continents to discover where some unusual and familiar objects came from in Willem Kalf’s 'Still Life with Drinking-Horn'.
The session will take place online, via Zoom, and will last about 30 minutes.
Book a session here

Be transported into a painting through mindful looking and drawing, from Thursday 8 April at 3pm. Suitable for 8+
After a chaotic and uncertain start to the year, take a moment to reconnect together and find a new pace for spring. Sample mindfulness techniques and simple drawing activities, suitable for grown-ups and children alike.
Ignite your senses as the gallery explores a painting though a guided slow look, led by Christina Bradstreet. Learn to wind down against the backdrop of a beautiful French water garden in Monet’s ‘The Water-Lily Pond’. Then pick up a pencil to sketch along with artist Jo Lewis and try creative drawing exercises to complement mindful looking.
Take away tips and ideas to help you travel into other painted scenes, be present, or support a family visit to the Gallery.
‘The Water-Lily Pond’ by Monet is the National Gallery’s selected painting in ‘The Great Big Art Exhibition 2021’. 
The session will take place online, via Zoom, and will last about an hour.
The session will be close-captioned.
You will need the following materials: A natural object from outdoors (e.g. a flower, twig, some leaves),  pencil (or coloured pencils if you wish), 3 x sheets of paper (e.g. any different types or sizes you have to hand, recycled, or a notebook).
Book a FREE space here
Wander into a painting with a storyteller, then make-along with an artist in this live family session, suitable for 4+

Story studio brings the family fun of the National Gallery storytelling sessions and making workshops to you in the comfort of your own home.
Listen in as storyteller Fiona Alderton tells the tale behind a painting. Then get creative together and follow along as artist Julia Deering shows us how to create a story-inspired artwork. Help to finish the tale with your imagination and share what you’ve created.
This holiday we’ll travel together to America, to a peaceful riverside spot in Pennsylvania, nestled amongst the mountains in 'The Delaware Water Gap' by George Inness. Contemplate the view and create a collage of four scenes. 
Materials you’ll need: 4 x roughly A6 sized sheets of paper – different colours or types (e.g. newspaper, brown paper), 1 x sheet of A4 paper, A pencil or pen, Scissors, Gluestick
Book a FREE session here
The session will take place online, via Zoom, and will last about an hour.