DIY Art – Activity Packs

Peter Liversidge, Hello Postcards.

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DIY Art is our free series of activity packs specially designed by artists, inviting you to get creative at home. The instructional creativity kits give insight into an artist's practice, showing how you can use their processes and techniques to create your own unique artwork. Keep an eye out as we release more activities over the coming weeks.


Making a Dream World by Tamara MacArthur
Recommended for ages 8–12


What you will need:

  • A small area of clear wall with some space in front of it, to set up your filming device
  • Phone/ tablet/ laptop
  • Paper (about 20 sheets)
  • Card (cereal boxes are perfect!)
  • Colourful drawing pencils/ pens/ pastels
  • Shiny scraps (kitchen foil/ sweet wrappers etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Blue tack
  • Tape


Alongside the piece It’s All Over But the Dreaming presented as part of our August offering, artist Tamara MacArthur has created a special DIY Art activity which invites you to imagine your own dream world, and turn it into a paper theatre set at home. You can find costumes for your characters using everyday things from around the house. Then, using a filming device like a phone or laptop, you can create your own show.

Watch your magical dream world become a reality!


HELLO Postcards by Peter Liversidge
Suitable for all ages

Peter Liversidge's HELLO Postcards creativity kit invites you to greet and connect with people by sending mail art, especially to those who have played an important role for you and others during the Covid-19 pandemic. The art pack corresponds with Peter's Flags for Edinburgh project, originally from Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, and revisited as part of our artist responses this year. The project invites organisations and communities across the city to fly a white flag that reads HELLO – sending a collective greeting to each other and the wider world. Before you post your mail art through the postbox or letterbox, take a picture and share it with Edinburgh Art Festival by tagging @EdArtFest and including #SayHello. Download here.


WOW ORANGE by Naomi Garriock
Recommended for ages 5–11

Artist and educator Naomi Garriock’s WOW ORANGE art pack invites young people, their family/carer or teachers to focus on colour, patterns and shapes from the natural world and drawing as a way of exploring therapeutic and meditative creative processes. The WOW ORANGE art pack was part of Children’s Art Week 2020 – a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. Download here.


Recommended for ages 16+

Artist Alexa Hare presents WAITING PAINTING, an art pack asking you to slow down and use the act of listening as a starting point for creating your own visual statements combining writing, paint and collage. This process will help you get lost in making, ordering your thoughts in a visual way to create a series of collages. Download here.


Housemates by Sofia Niazi 
Recommended for ages 4–10

Artist and illustrator Sofia Niazi has created Housemates, an art pack inviting young people and their family/carer to explore their homes in new ways, identifying interesting patterns, and using books, newspapers or magazines to combine collage and drawing to create colourful creatures, animals and people to populate and brighten your home. Download here.


Creativity kits including art materials have been distributed to participants of WHALEArts, SCOREscotland and other organisations in the Wester Hailes area including Heathervale Young People's Residence.

Special thanks to Edinburgh Art Shop.