Throughout the term time, the Southampton City Art Gallery works with schools to provide a range of fun and educational activities. But school groups aren't the only ones who can take part in these programs. The Southampton City Art Gallery has plenty of workshops and sessions running throughout the Easter school holidays for kids to have some fun, learn a bit more about art, and perhaps even get a little bit crafty. The school holidays run from Friday March 30th until Sunday April 15th.
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Some of these activities are special Easter themed activities, but the school holiday program offers a variety events for children of all ages and interests.
Wire Tree Sculptures Tuesday April 3rd, 10am-3pm More info
Wire wrapping is a craft where wire is twisted and bent to create different shapes and designs. It can be used for jewellery and other decorations, but another popular use of wire wrapping is to create wire trees. These are reminiscent of Japanese bonsai plants, but instead of a living plant, the tree is created from many strips of wire. In this workshop, kids will learn skills and techniques for wire wrapping, and they'll be able to take their creations home with them. The workshop is inspired by the gallery's Four Seasons exhibition. Children should bring along a packed lunch. Children under 8 will require a parent to stay for the duration of the session. Cost: £20 Ages 7-13y
Four Seasons Wall Hanging Wednesday April 4th, 10am-12pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm More info
This is another activity inspired by the Four Seasons exhibition. It seems especially fitting to be exploring the four seasons, as we seem to have experienced a bit of everything over the last few weeks. In this activity, children will create textured wall hangings using different materials and techniques. They'll be able to take inspiration from the four seasons, think things like blooming flowers, fallen leaves, fresh snow, or summer swims. Cost: £6 Ages 5-11y
Hatch a Dino Egg Friday April 6th, 10am-12pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm More info
This is a bit of Easter fun with a little bit of a difference. Instead of baby chicks or chocolate eggs, this activity will have children hatching something a bit more peculiar. Children will be working with clay to create their own baby dinosaur and matching dinosaur egg. It's a change to get a little bit creative, and perhaps a little bit messy too. Cost: £6 Ages 5-11y
Ribbet Ribbet Croak - Theatre for Under 6s Saturday April 7th, 11am-1pm More info
Moulded Theatre present this free theatre performance for under 6s, featuring puppetry, performance and Makaton signing. Grandma and Grandpa Frog are planning a big surprise, and to do so they'll have to venture out into the big wide world away from their pond. After the performance children can participate in an interactive wildlife workshop. The event is suitable for families, groups and complex needs audiences. It's recommended you bring along a blanket for sitting on the floor. FREE Under 6s
'Pickled' Chickens Drop In Monday April 9th, 10.30am-12.30pm More info
With the influx of Easter decorations in stores and Easter crafts all over the internet, you might find yourself asking what do you do with all the fluffy chicks and decorative eggs. This workshop has a few ideas. Kids will make their own mini chicks and will 'pickle' them in a jar to display at home. There's no vinegar involved, and definitely no real baby chicks, just a bit of fun crafting they can keep on the shelf. Cost: £4.50 All Ages
St Ives Scenes Tuesday April 10th, 10am-3pm More info
The gallery has a current exhibition of photographs by photographer Roger Mayne. His photographs of St. Ives in Cornwall are displayed side-by-side with paintings of the area from the gallery's collection. Children will get an opportunity to explore the exhibition and study the pictures, before creating their own postcard pictures and full-size artwork of the region. The workshop will focus on drawing techniques and will foster creativity. Children should bring along a packed lunch. Children under 8 will require a parent to stay for the duration of the session. Cost: £20 Ages 7-13y
Spring Watch! Wednesday April 11th, 10.30am-12pm & 1.30pm-3pm More info
This season themed school holiday activity is aimed at younger children and focusses on Spring. They'll likely have witnessed daffodils blooming in the parks, and now they'll get to explore the Four Seasons exhibition searching for signs of Spring in the photographs and works. After viewing they'll exhibition they'll be able to create their own 3D Spring picture using recycled materials. Cost: £4.50 Under 6s
The Young Ones Art Club Saturday April 14th, 10.30am-12.30pm More info
The Young Ones Art Club is a regular children's session that is held once a month at the City Art Gallery. Artist Jo Bressloff guides children through different techniques that can include everything from working with clay, mixed media creations, wire work, printing and more. Children will be inspired by the works held within the gallery's regular collection and they'll find the inspiration to fuel their artistic creativity. If you miss out on the April session, the next one is on May 19th. Cost: £8 Ages 7-13y
All activities must be booked in advance, except for 'Pickled' Chickens, which is a drop-in session. You can book a spot by calling 02380834536, or by popping into one of the reception desks at the gallery, Sea City Museum or Tudor House & Garden. Entry to the gallery is free.
Southampton City Art Gallery is open from 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.