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Useful Online Art and Design ideas for the Easter holidays

Posted on April 2nd 2020 by

In case you missed some of the useful museum resources we have been posting over the past 10 days, we have pulled them together here for you to refer to over the Easter holidays – it may keep your children entertained so you can have some time to yourself, or maybe there are some exhibitions and paintings you want to know more about and can sit down and enjoy these online digital versions.

We have also added a few more fun ones at the end for you to enjoy whilst stuck at home.

Virtual Museums


The Tate Museum

Our resource for today is the Tate museum. Opened in 1987 and designed by architect Sidney Smith it houses a collection of British Art, the pre-Raphaelites to modern collections are not in typical chronological order, but rather in Art themes.

The design of the main building has a grand porticoed entrance and central dome that resembles a temple, it is also where you can see the grand statue of Britannia (the lion and unicorn) with 245 works in 8 rooms, dating back to 1790.

The Tate Modern in the original Bankside Power Station is just shy in size of Westminster Abbey and has the original and signature chimney.

To take a virtual look around and explore the Artwork, you can see it here 


The Met Museum

Continuing with our useful online offerings from Museums and Art providers around the world, we hope these continue to help you or your children by giving you something educational, but fun at the same time.

This week is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this building was originally designed by the great Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer in 1902 and has continued to evolve over the years.

The Breuer building remains one of the most recognisable buildings in New York and a landmark art building and the Met Cloisters which opened in 1938 devoted itself to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe.

Here are some useful areas of their website which we think you will enjoy:-

You can see the architecture of the building here

If you are into fashion, then why not peruse the Christian Dior collection

You can see all the other online options here.


The J Paul Getty Museum

If you are looking for some help with your children during this home-schooling period, the Getty Museum has some fabulous resources online to help them learn more about art, art history, materials and techniques. We especially enjoyed looking out how sculptures are made.


The Musee d’Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris is offering useful resources to give you something educational to look at.

Constructed by three architects: Lucien Magne, Émile Bénard and Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair the ornate Beaux-Arts façade is beautiful in itself.

With three levels surrounding the atrium, this buildings' iconic iron and glass barrel vault is a collection of galleries boasting photography collections as well as decorative arts and architecture collections.

We are trying not to spend our spare time worrying and find these resources so positive and the children are learning without having to travel, their favourite was The Church in Auvers-Sur-Oise by Vincent Van Gogh – just because of how it looks “higgedly-piggedly”


The MoMA Museum of Modern Art

We will be sharing some useful links of ways to help you or your children learn about architecture, design and the arts in a virtual way.

The MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York created by John Rockefeller in 1929 presents modern era art collections. You can now have a virtual tour and see artwork such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Henri Rousseau’s The Dream.


Extra Fun Digital Experiences for you and Your Family.


Learn a new Design Skill

Do you have a budding architect in your family or someone who wants to get into design, then these resources may help…

RIBA have started their Online Resources and releasing more and more each day – To start with you can choose from their activities to do for Primary children

Help your children learn some basics behind Architecture, build a bridge, make a modular polyhedral, think like an architect or take some free architectural lessons.

If you fancy being an Interior Designer for a day, here are some helpful activities to do.

And lastly, there is TinkerCad – an online design tool for children whatever their focus, from 3D design to electronics and coding.

Create 3d blocks and more online with Google AVR Blocks

Create animations through Google Earth, sadly you do need to apply to do this, but we are hoping during this time they approve the requests. A fun tool for you and your children to explore and document the world.


Our final fun and interactive ideas



In these new and strange times, why not watch a Tour of Buckingham Palace and share it with your children. Built in 1703 this Neoclassic building fascinates us, originally designed by architect William Winde for the Duke of Buckingham as a large townhouse. It was then sold in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte, becoming known then as "The Queens House."

Ooolictic limestone was used in the original construction of the 5 floors and 775 rooms we wonder what fossils lie within the walls! In 1821 John Nash was the architect who transformed the house into the Palace we all know today.

You can also take a virtual tour of Windsor Castle, Palace of Versailles and Holyroodhouse through the Hello Website.

If you are into Theatre, Stage and Music, then Arts & Culture has got that covered – you can take a tour of the Bloshoi Theatre in Moscow, watch Wagner’s Lohengrin, or take a tour of Sydney Opera House and many more.


Dublin Zoo has all their Webcams on their website so you can see the animals live and Edinburgh Zoo has a whole YouTube channel devoted to their animals. Whilst Chester Zoo has a virtual Zoo day every day from 10am, as well as some useful resources to use and The Wildlife Trust has also opened up their Webcams for you to enjoy.

Tune in to National Geographic Podcasts about Humpback Whales, Rats and Humans as well as The Alien Underground, The Aquarius Project and many more…. 

We hope you find something of interest on here, and we would, as always, love to see anything you create posted to our Facebook Page.


Best wishes,


The Team at Sapphire Spaces

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