Free Online Resources

Artspace are proud to present our new  range of video tutorials and step-by-step activities which are inspired by nature and can be enjoyed by people of any age or ability.

Why not try an activity and send us some pictures of your work for inclusion in our online gallery. Send work to dan@artspacecinderford.org and visit the gallery here Online Gallery (artspacecinderford.org)


 

ACTIVITY 1 – HERB MONOPRINT

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

Explore combinations of different herb leaves and their assortment of smells and shapes as you make an attractive multi-coloured monoprint using just acrylic paint and paper. You can of course use any type of leaf to create a stunning print. Final outcomes can be framed or used as greetings cards or bespoke wrapping paper etc.

 

 


ACTIVITY 2 – NATURAL GARLAND

Using nature to create beautiful decorative garlands suitable for any occasion or just to brighten up a room. This can be created at any time of year and seasonal leaves and flowers can be incorporated into the design. You can use a variety of string or wool to bring some texture and colour into your garland and to complement your selection of leaves and flowers.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 


ACTIVITY 3 – NATURAL BIRD FEEDER

Get satisfaction and enjoyment watching the birds and other wildlife in your garden feed from your very own natural bird feeder. Using an orange as a bowl to contain birdseed and other treats, it is constructed with simple natural objects and is friendly to the environment as it is fully compostable.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 

 


ACTIVITY 4 – SALT DOUGH PEBBLES WITH IMPRESSED DECORATIONS

Have fun experimenting with a variety of colours, smells and natural objects with this multi-sensory activity where you make small pebble like forms with imprints from nature. Using herbs, spices, food colourants and flavourings, you will be able to mix and match colours and flavours, smells and textures whilst awakening your senses.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 


ACTIVITY 5 – WELLY BOOT PLANTER

An alternative way to upcycle old welly boots and bring a spot of colour and humour to the garden or doorstep. A straightforward way to give a home to your selection of small plants.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 

 

 


ACTIVITY 6 – NOUGHTS & CROSSES

Turn back time and enjoy this classic game of noughts and crosses using natural materials. Have a go at making this small, portable and intergenerational game using interesting tactile objects such as wooden boards and small pebbles whilst using practical skills such as sanding and painting.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 

 


ACTIVITY 7 – UPSIDE DOWN CLAY POT WITH IMPRESSED DECORATIONS

Explore the range of marks and patterns by impressing or rolling natural objects into the clay’s soft surface. Once impressed, you can exploit the clay’s soft malleable quality and drape and fold it around an object to form an attractive looking shape.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 

 


ACTIVITY 8 – RUSTIC LEAF COVERED SKETCHBOOKS 

Create a bespoke rustic sketchbook or diary using found leaves for the cover and fill it with an assortment of coloured and interesting papers of your choice. An everyday reminder of nature that you can use to keep your art, photographs, notes, pressed flowers and memories.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 

 


ACTIVITY 9 – ICE SUN CATCHERS

Brighten up your garden or outdoor space on a crisp winter day with these colourful ice sun catchers. Watch the sun rays illuminate your ice sun catcher that contains your choice of coloured natural forms.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 

 

 


ACTIVITY 10 – PAPER FOSSILS WITH PASTELS

A great instant way to capture nature at its best with just three simple materials – pastels, cooking oil and leaves! Experiment with different colours and textures to explore and reveal the prints you can achieve from these natural forms.

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below here

 

 

 

 

 

MORE FREE ACTIVITIES

In 2020 Artspace produced a range of video tutorials and step-by-step activities for adults, children and families to enjoy during lock-down and beyond. We released a brand new activity guide and video once a week on our Facebook page and the series was and still is available to download below.

The resource guides were originally developed to support activity co-ordinators and carers of people with dementia living in residential care, but the activities are fun for all the family – especially during lock-down!

ACTIVITY 1 – BEE HOTEL

 

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 2 – NATURAL PIGMENT EARTH PAINTS ON WOOD

 

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 3 – NATURAL BLACKBERRY INKS & DIP PEN

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 4 – IMPRESSED DECORATION INTO CLAY OR TILES

Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 5 – 21ST CENTURY FOSSILS

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…

 


ACTIVITY 6- EXPRESSIVE NATURAL BRUSHES

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 7- IMAGE TRANSFER TO WOODEN PANEL

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 8 – TEXTURES IN THE LANDSCAPE

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 9 – NATURAL HANGING CENTRE PIECE

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


ACTIVITY 10 – MIXED MEDIA MEANDER MEMORY BOX

– Download the FREE Activity Guide PDF here

– Watch the FREE video tutorial below…


mindSCAPE Activity Guides

The ‘Foresters’ Forest’ Heritage Lottery Funded, Landscape Partnership Programme (2017-2020), enabled us to take mindSCAPE activities into residential care settings.   These mindSCAPE Activity Guides are FREE to download and each give step-by-step instructions for 10 nature-inspired activities.

mindSCAPE Activity Guide 2017

mindSCAPE Activity Guide 2018

mindSCAPE Activity Guide 2019

mindSCAPE Activity Guide 2020