Free art for children

Youngsters have the chance to draw on the skills Britain’s most popular published artist through free activity packs that can be accessed by schools online. Created by artist and Harrogate gallery owner Lucy Pittaway, the packs align with educational key stages and take children on a journey of artistic discovery from ages 5 through to 14.

Awarded the title of Britain’s most popular published artist by the prestigious Fine Art Trade Guild, Lucy created the Artist Activity Packs in response to numerous approaches from schools and a desire to encourage the next generation of artists.

“I know from my own experience the wonderful benefits that art can offer when you are growing up,” said Lucy. “It allows expression and an escape from stress. It can also lead to further education and employment opportunities and, of course, is great fun.”

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A former teacher herself, Lucy knows the vital role that educators play in inspiring children to pick up a crayon, pen or paintbrush and begin what can be a lifelong love of art.

Enjoy art with Britain's most popular published artistEnjoy art with Britain's most popular published artist
Enjoy art with Britain's most popular published artist

The thread running through the packs is Lucy’s own story and the inspiration she has taken from Northern landscapes including the Yorkshire Moors and Dales. From growing up in Middlesbrough, travelling the world and then returning to settle in North Yorkshire, opening galleries and becoming established as a popular artist.

The packs start at Key Stage 1 level, with fun activities including spot the difference and word searches that encourage infants to think about the world around them and how it can inspire art.

By Key Stage 3 teenagers are asked to consider texture and perspective, introduced to colour theory and encouraged to develop their own style.

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“I know there are many excellent teachers out there who will have their own innovative ideas on how to engage students in art,” said Lucy. “I hope these packs can complement that, perhaps spark some new ideas that children can try in the classroom and at home.”

The packs can be accessed free online at: