Return to School


As some children return to school, I hope that creativity and art will play an integral role in the transition. Looking at art and discussing it or writing about it can provide an excellent stimulus for talking about feelings, and processing them in a safe way. When this sort of discussion is held in a safe space and by a sensitive and qualified adult it can lead to some powerful conversations especially at times like ours steering without a compass among Covid19 turmoil.



1. Creative Flow

- Any activities that are creative flow-based and not outcome-based, and let the children get in ‘the zone’. You could start and end each day like this and maybe even do this in transition times. I really like doodle books, a book where the children can draw or doodle whatever they like but you could also try coloring in activities. Just playing with play-dough or modeling clay is another good one – for all ages!

Some more ideas for creative flow activities here


2. Look at and respond to art

There are some great examples here and here of art that could be related to themes around isolation and Lockdown. You could ask questions such as:

How do you think the artist was feeling when they made this work?

What is happening in this work?

How does this make you feel?

What does it remind you of?

What title would you give this work?

Can you write a story to go with this work?


3. Make art about the experience

Look at examples of art made in response to an event, that include the artist’s feelings on the matter. You could start with questions such as:

How did it feel when school was closed?

What was it like to be at home during Lockdown?

What do you miss most about life before Lockdown?

Did you see or hear any news stories that meant something to you?

What did you notice about Lockdown?

What did you like/dislike about Lockdown?

How does it feel to be back at school?

Then simply let the children make a picture about their experiences of Lockdown – it doesn’t have to be the most technically brilliant or make sense to us as viewers. Once the children have made their art, have time for sharing and discussing the symbols, color choices, etc. in the art. Children could even write a ‘curator card’ to go alongside the work.