So… this is a little different from our usual art content, but after a whatsapp conversation with a friend I figured that this might come in useful to a few folks. And seeing as a whole bunch of us are in lockdown (massive salutes to key workers of all stripes, NHS workers and the emergency services who can’t stay at home), there might be some appetite for this kind of stuff.
My friend has three kids of varying ages, all of whom are off school, and she’s working from home. The school’s providing work for the kids, but she’s struggling to get one of them in particular interested in doing it… she asked if we had any ideas. Turned out I had a few ideas.
The below lists include a range of things for kids & adults. I’ll do more posts as I come across more stuff…. much love & handwashing, Sara. x
Art & Museums
Well, this one’s got an obvious start….
- BOOM! Community Arts are putting out free videos & templates for art activities for all ages. We’re hosting the videos on Wikimedia Commons as well as YouTube so that if you’re using a council iPad where social media is blocked, you can still get to it. I also made a free Wikibook. These vids are released on a CC-BY-SA license, so feel free to use & distribute, just make sure you attribute back to us. Our home page for SCRIBBLING ON REGARDLESS can be found here. We’ll keep on updating it as we go.
- The Museum of Modern Art in New York is offering a series of online courses, free of charge. These include photography, fashion, and contemporary art.
- The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has a thing called the Rijkstudio, where you can download images of famous paintings from their collection, and play with them. It’s brilliant.
- Explore the National Museum of Scotland on Google Streetview.
- 9 virtual reality tours of museums, from Arts & Culture Google.
- Virtual Reality tour of the Guggenheim.
- This album from Diana Slor on Facebook has some brilliant ideas for kids crafts. I love the egg box animals!
- The Edinburgh Science Festival had to be cancelled, because, well, *gestures at everything*, but they’ve moved their activity online – branded as Elements of #EdSciFest and have curated a whole host of interesting stuff. Their stuff especially for kids is here.
- The brilliant folks at Dig It! have a YouTube channel called Dig It! TV. In it you will find a range of brilliant short videos talking about all sorts of stuff including Castles, Kings, Witches and Graveyards….
- Also from Dig It! and Immersive Minds, for Minecraft on PC, is Crafting The Past. A bunch of historical interactive maps in Minecraft. (I worked on one of these, the detail is amazing.)
Data & coding
- Code The City are doing a virtual event on Saturday 11 & 12 April, you can get involved here. They’re an organisation based in Aberdeen and they’re looking for people to help get open data about Aberdeen history & heritage online. The instructions are really clear and they’re really nice people.
- Code Academy is a great place to learn to code, for free.
- You can learn to edit Wikipedia in about an hour, with the Wikipedia Adventure. Learning to edit Wiki is GREAT for information, digital & data literacy. There are currently more people reading Wikipedia than ever before (March & April stats have been record-breaking), and there’s something really satisfying about improving something that people all over the world will read.
- If you’re interested in doing an online course, there’s a list of MOOC providers here – all sorts of different stuff.