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HALF TERM ART IDEAS

It’s half term next week and I’m getting ready for a week of workshops at RIBA working with children and young people of all ages to create some architecturally inspired artwork. And so I thought it might be nice to share some art ideas if you’re looking for some ways to amuse the kids over the holiday week.

First up, how about making some tiny tree houses (think Ewok village or check out my Pinterest board) from balsa wood and scrap bits and bobs? Get some PVA glue and you’re away. Perfect for populating with toys and the like.

We’ll be building some giant Jenga out of cardboard boxes, decorating them like buildings we love and stacking them up high to the sky and then of course, knocking them down again. Why? Just because you can… (And if this floats your boat, why not capture it with a stop motion animation app and make it into a film to share and stare at? There are loads of brilliant free ones out there).

And finally if in doubt, get the posca pens flowing like in the drawing or the beautiful mural above by Lucy Tiffney and let the kids loose on a wall or massive bit of paper. What could possibly go wrong?!

Architectural Details


I love a bit of Gothic architectural detail and here are some pictures from a recent jaunt to a stately home, currently inspiring a bedroom redecoration project.

Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex

A house for essexWe *actually* love Grayson Perry here at T&K Towers and not just because he’s a brilliant artist but also because he just seems like a really nice bloke (he also has an awesome wife, psychotherapist Philippa Perry, who happens to have the best glasses we’ve ever seen).

We love him so much we went to check out his ‘House for Essex’ over in Wrabness in North Essex. It’s a house designed by Grayson Perry in collaboration with FAT Architecture and Living Architecture. And while it is essentially a massive artwork, it is also a holiday let in which anyone can book a stay (you must enter a ballot to be in with a chance).

The house has been designed around a story created by Perry about a fictional woman, Julie, whose husband had the house built in her memory when she died. There’s more information here via The Guardian with some of Perry’s initial sketches which are just as lovely.

House for Essex Roof

It has now officially opened but when we went to have a sneaky look a couple of weeks ago (Wrabness train station is about a 5 minutes walk) there was still fencing around the site but we managed to get some pictures nonetheless. Check out the documentary, Dream House, this Sunday on Channel 4 exploring how and why it came about.

Happy Friday! X