Easter Activities with Watts at home

We are inviting you and your family to bring the outside world to your home this Easter, with a new series of online creative tutorials inspired by our exhibition Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin. John Ruskin was a significant figure in nineteenth-century art, who believed that nature was the most important source of artistic inspiration. From leaf rubbings to blossom garlands, learn how to make amazing creations that draw on the beauty of spring!

Nature Prints

From Monday 6 to Sunday 19 April, explore new online tutorials developed by our Artist Educations - Kate Chittenden, Jo Hayward and Jo Sapia - and experiment with different ways of printing.

Easter Craft

Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, enjoy a daily Easter craft, including instructions on how to create your own Easter wreaths and marble-dyed eggs!

Each of our Artist Educators will bring their individual style and has developed activities with limited art and household materials in mind, so that we can encourage as many of you to join us as possible.

Don't forget to share your wonderful creations on social media using the hashtag #wattsmakespace.

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Nature Prints

Fruit and Vegetable Creatures

In our final Nature Print tutorial, Jo Hayward shares how to use fruit and vegetables to print an array of creatures.

A tray or old plate
A pen
A sponge
Vegetables/fruit to print with

Click here to watch the instructional video.

Leaf Stencils

In this tutorial by Jo Sapia, find out how to make your own leaf stencils and create a rainbow of colourful leaves to use in collages.

Leaves - these can be leaves you have collected on your daily walk or cut out from magazines or online templates
A pencil
Card - recycled packaging works well
Acrylic paints
Short hair, stumpy brush or stencil brush
Small piece of newspaper
Jar of water to wash your brushes
A cloth or kitchen towel to wipe your brushes dry

Click here to download the instructions.

Monoprint Flowers

Have fun printing these unique monoprints and experimenting using different colours for a variety of one-off pictures in this activity led by artist Kate Chittenden.

Acrylic paint, 2 colours
Paintbrush, not too fine
An A4 plastic wallet
A4 paper for drawing design
A4 paper for printing (cartridge paper is best)
Black felt pen or paint for painting details

Click here to download the instructions.

Watercolour Leaves

Jo Hayward shares this unique printmaking technique using watercolour paints and leaves.

Paint brush
Pot of water

Click here to watch the instructional video.

Leaf Rubbings

Explore different textures and patterns using this simple mark-making activity by Jo Sapia.

Coloured pencils or crayons
A selection of leaves - collect these from your garden, from house plants or on your daily walk.
You could also see what other objects around your home have interesting textures to make rubbings from e.g. coins

Click here to download the instructions.

Cardboard Printing

Kate Chittenden shares how to create a colourful nature wall using this simple cardboard printing technique.

Paper for drawing
Cardboard from a brown cardboard box
Card for printing onto - recycled from cereal, pizza or tissue boxes is perfect!
Poster paint or watered down acrylic paint or similar
Paint brush - not too fine
Blue multi-purpose tack suitable for walls or similar
Optional: Craft Knife to cut out cardboard and a grown up to help

Click here to download the instructions.

Easter Crafts

Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, we shared a daily seasonal craft for you to enjoy. The instructions for these tutorials are still available using the links below.

Click here to make your own Nature Mobile.
Click here to make your own Easter Wreath.
Click here to make your own Nature Garland.
Click here to make your own Marble Dyed Eggs.

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