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Families

There's lots for kids to do and discover – here's our guide to getting creative with the collection

Plan your visit

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. We’ve made a few changes – including online advanced booking, one-way art routes and a contactless experience. 

Plan your visit and book

Our regular family events are not taking place in the Gallery at the moment, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the collection.

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Things to make and create

Follow along at home with our 'make and create' art tutorials. Most suitable for ages 5+ 

Printing on fabric
Making art together

Bethan explores the idea of collaboration, with a little help from her friends

Self portraits

Learn how to make self portraits using different techniques, with Bethan and Gus the cat

Drawing Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Bethan shows you how to take your pencil for a walk, and other ways of drawing nature

A collage inspired by Rousseau's 'Surprised'

Watch how Bethan creates a jungle-inspired collage using materials you can find at home

Things to watch and learn

Discover some of the stories behind our paintings. Most suitable for ages 8+ 

How to spot your saints

Cleavers, poison and snakes, oh my! But what do they have to do with saints? Ed Dickenson explains all

Birds and death in paintings

What have birds got to do with death? Ed Dickenson reveals some of the hidden meanings in our paintings

A creepy crawl through the collection

Things for grown-ups

Time for a tea break? Discover new ways of investigating paintings with your kids or students. 

5-minute meditations

Take some time out and unwind with a mindful look at one painting 

Picture of the month

A 60-second snapshot of a different painting each month  

Tips for teachers

Are you a teacher or parent looking for ideas for activities or discussion? Browse our teachers' notes for a useful introduction to paintings and how to use them