Artists In Residence: The Art Essentials To Try In London This Weekend With Your Children - The Grace Tales

Artists In Residence: The Art Essentials To Try In London This Weekend With Your Children

Foster a love of art in your children with our must-have ideas to inspire and encourage their creative side.

The Play Den

They can zoom into space after colouring this playroom 3D cardboard rocket.

Colour in cardboard rocket, £34.99, Not On The Highstreet

The Jewellery Set

Budding jewellery designers will spend hours perfecting their collection with this vibrant unicorn and rainbow set.

Personalised Unicorn and Rainbow Making Kit, £16.95, Cotton Twist


The Craft Table

Give them space to get messy with this great craft desk – with built-in paper roller and extending legs to work for all ages. Then tidy it all up again with this clever spinning desk organiser.

Organiser, £30.40, growing activity table, £145, Great Little Trading Company

The Art History Guide

For an engaging journey through an eclectic array of artworks, A History of Pictures for Children, David Hockney and Martin Gayford is a fantastic introduction to art history. Based on the best-selling book for adults, the title is a must for budding artists, all beautifully illustrated by Rose Blake.

(£14.95, Thames & Hudson)


The Puzzle

Bring your very own little Frida Khalo, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol to life with this fun Artist Parade 3D puzzle.

Puzzle, £4.80, Tate Shop

The Guide

There is no right or wrong when it comes to art but if they are finding it frustrating this book, I Can’t Draw: This Book Will Prove You Can by artist and paper engineer Lydia Crook is a great interactive way to improve their technique, especially with contouring and drawing perspective.

(£12.99, Quarto)

The Tutorial

Another great step-by-step way to get your children drawing is the Art Hub For Kids YouTube tutorials. Child-friendly and engaging, children will begin to learn how to draw graphic, cartoon-style characters and will be thrilled with their results – try it.

The Art Tour

For anyone based in London, The Little Grand Tour is a brilliant way to bring art to life. Led by two art history tutors, children (six plus) will learn about their world through images from the Tate Modern to the Wallace Collection. And while the children are being inspired (tours last for two hours), you can have some me-time. Hurrah!

£35 per tour