Activity: The Everywhere Gallery (Free materials)

This activity is about how we can look at things differently, just like an artist might.

You can do this activity anywhere, around your home, in the park or on the way to or from school.

To make your frame you can download our template here or make your own.

Template 1

Template 2

You will need, a ruler, pens, scissors and recycled card.

A flattened cereal box with scissors, a pencil, a ruler and a pen placed on top. Next is an image of the inside of the cereal box with a rectangle drawn on it and a pencil and ruler placed next to it.
A paper frame and a pair of scissors. Next to it is a decorated paper frame with an open pen laid on top.

When you have everything you need just follow Susie’s instructions on the film to find out what you can do.

Don’t forget you can decorate the frame as much as you like, add a few sparkles if you have them!

Or you can email and we can post the cut out frames to you, all ready to use.

Once you have finished making your frame, you are ready to explore and look at things a little bit differently!

Two hands holding up a frame to a jar of Starburst sweets. Next to it is a decorated paper frame.
Inside a decorated paper frame is a rock which has had a sunshine painted on it.
A decorated paper frame held up by a hand to show an ornament of a tortoise.

You could also make gallery labels for the artworks you find.

Take a look at some of our examples.

A pinecone next to a sign which reads "Susannah Lambert. Untitled, 2020. Digital photography. Found objects. Lambert collection."
A sign - held up by two hands - reads "Audrey Lambert, the picture of success, 2020, found objects" next to a tiara.
A pile of various pens next to the sign "Susannah Lambert, Untitled, 2020, found objects".
A knitted blanket with the sign "Audrey Lambert, the picture of success, 2020, found objects."
A paper frame showing a kitchen and a sign titled "Susannah Lambert. Do I have to do everything round here? 2020. Digital photography, found objects. Lambert collection." Next to this image is an image showing a paper frame highlighting a knitted blanket, a roll of wool and a knitting needle. The label on the frame reads "Susannah Lambert. Happiness, 2020. Digital photography, found objects. Lambert Collection."
A paper frame showing a collection of teddy bears. The label reads "Susannah Lambert. Untitled, 2020. Digital photography, found objects. Lambert Collection."

The labels include:
The name of the artist. (That’s you!)
The name of the artwork. (What will you call it?)
The date the artwork was made. (Today's date.)
What the artwork is made from. (For example; found items, nature, toys, stone, plastic.)

You can make your own labels or download a template

Label Template

We want to see what people are doing at home, we miss you all.

Do share on our social media to create a gallery, we would love to see your artwork! #NCmaking

Tips at home

- Make a clear space to work.
- Gather all the items you need before starting work.
- Mind your fingers when cutting your frame. Ask an adult if you need help, especially when cutting out the middle bit.

This activity was created by Play and Learn Facilitator, Susie Lambert.

Getting to know us: Play and Learn Team

Susie Lambert wearing a pink scarf, looking at the camera.

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