Family Explorer Activities: A Story Adventure

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In this video, artist, Sian, and little artist, Aoife, read the book 'What If' by Samantha Berger together - a story about using your imagination and making things inspired by the world around us.

This activity is inspired by our Akimbo exhibition by Jimmy Robert - an artist who uses a range of materials including paper and even his own body.

If this story leaves you feeling creative, you can have a go at creating some of the things featured in the story, using our resources below.

How to Make a Paper Plane

How to Make a Paper Crane

Paper Sculpting Activity

We'd love to see your creations. Tag us on social media or use the hashtag #NCmaking

This activity was created by Associate Artist, Sian Watson-Taylor

An image of associate artist, Sian Watson-Taylor.
'What If' by Samantha Berger instructions cover page.
Page one of 'how to fold a paper crane' activity instructions.
Page two of 'how to fold a paper crane' activity instructions.
'How to fold a paper plane' activity instructions.
Sculpting instructions asking to "Have an explore around your home and see if you can gather lots of different types of card and paper. You have all the materials around you to create your own ART."
Page two of the sculpting paper activity which reads "There are so many different ways to sculpt with paper and card. Experiment with different techniques and materials."
Page three of the sculpting paper activity which reads "Think about covering a chair or other familiar objects and turning them into something. Sculpt and manipulate the paper and card to transform the world around you."

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