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Half Term Fun this February with the National Gallery

Join the National Gallery this February half term for some online fun - including musical storytelling, art workshops and family tours. Plus, explore the 'Take One Picture' exhibition online.

Join the National Gallery this February half term for some online fun  - including musical storytelling, art workshops and family tours. Plus, explore the 'Take One Picture' exhibition online.
 
Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 11 - 11.30am
Online musical storytelling for babies and toddlers, Families and Under-5s

 
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.  
 
Sessions will take place online, via Zoom, and will last about 30 minutes.  Book here. No camera required.
 
Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 11 am - 12 pm 
Wander into a painting with a storyteller, then make along with an artist in this live family session
Most suitable for ages 4+

 
Story studio brings the Gallery storytelling sessions and making workshops to you in the comfort of your own home.  Listen as storyteller Fiona Alderton tells the tale behind a painting. Then get creative together and follow along as artist Julia Deering shows you how to create a story-inspired artwork. Help to finish the tale with your imagination and share what you’ve created.
 
In this half-term’s session they will be thinking about loved ones and creating a token to gift to someone special, inspired by Pierre Mignard’s ‘The Marquise de Seignelay and Two of her Sons’. Book here
 
Materials you'll need:  paper or card, a pencil, coloured pens or pencils, scissors, glue stick, tape, thread wool or wine 30cm long.



Monday 15 February, 11—11.45am 
Decoding pictures
 - For ages 8 and above, FREE
How do we look at pictures, and what can a painting really tell us?  Make a virtual visit to the National Gallery from the comfort of your own home and get closer than ever to the collection. Meet Gallery Educator Ed Dickenson and learn fun tips and tricks to unlock secrets hidden in plain sight – even if you’re seeing a painting for the first time.
 
Discover how to figure out what a picture is all about through looking, questioning and voting together in this interactive session. Take away simple playful techniques to support an enjoyable, confident visit to the Gallery as a family.
 
This week they’re exploring how artists capture families and friendships of all shapes and sizes, from portraits of people to meaningful mementos.
 
The session will take place online, via Zoom, and will last about 45 minutes. Click here to book
 
Wednesday 17 February, 11am –12pm
Story studio
- For ages 4 and above, Free  
Listen to a storyteller share 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. 


Inside 'Take One Picture'
From model ships and polluted cityscapes to family interviews and letters home, explore children's creative responses to Bellows's 'Men of the Docks'.
 
Family home entertainment
Discover The National Gallery’s range of games, test your art knowledge or bring our paintings to life with micro jigsaw puzzles.  Buying from the The National Gallery’s online shop is a great way to support them.
 
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