Visual arts

June 22, 2022

52 weekly activities

Flower pressed prints

Pressed flowers preserve a moment in time and can be used to create a piece of art using flowers from your garden or an old bouquet. The activity can be used to create prints or cards for loved ones.


Woodland Manor Care Home.

April 13, 2022

52 weekly activities

Painting from your window

Inspired by artist David Hockney’s bright colours, this activity will encourage you to think differently about the way you use colour to capture the view through your window.

Credit: Sensory Trust. Developed in partnership with Creative Spaces Activity Groups and Carers Programme.

March 30, 2022

52 weekly activities

Mardi Gras masks

This simple craft activity invites participants to create their own Mardi Gras mask. It is accessible and tactile and allows participants to develop their own creative ideas within the context of a gentle art activity.

Credit: Artcore.

March 23, 2022

52 weekly activities

Line One

A simple drawing activity for a group where participants initially create small artworks on their own and then bring their separate drawings together to make a collaborative artwork.

Credit: Creative Lives/Linda Evans

March 9, 2022

52 weekly activities

Collagraph printing

Collagraph prints are a creative and experimental form of printmaking, with printing plates made from many different materials, including cardboard, yarn, fabric, leaves, or masking tape. The activity is a great way to use up scraps and encourages the use of recycled materials.

Credit: Charlotte Cranidge, developed in partnership with C&C.

March 2, 2022

52 weekly activities

Abstract Art Collage

This is a great activity for participants who don’t feel confident with art activities. The three main stages – paint, scissors and glue – could be made into separate activities for different capacity levels if preferred.

Credit: Creative Minds / Tracey Knight, developed in partnership with Lister House Nursing Home.

January 31, 2022

Art by Post: Explore and Inspire

The Southbank Centre in partnership with NAPA, Nightingale Hammerson and Nenagh Watson

This booklet has been developed for anyone working in care settings, and was inspired by The Southbank Centre’s Art by Post project, which brings free creative activities direct to the door of the individuals, care-givers, practitioners and professionals most isolated by social distancing methods.

It includes a range of activities designed to take creativity into every corner of your care setting, including making nature clay prints, shadow puppets and slow looking.