Information: art & creating

Information on the theory and practice of art & creating outdoors – from case studies to policies, examples of forms, documents & handouts, research and articles, and much more to support your theoretical explorations into the outdoors.

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Reports, articles, research etc are, as much as possible, arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top. 

Every Child is an Artist by Nature

Blog post looking at creativity in children, and its barriers, with some ideas on how to help children enjoy the creative process. Creative by Nature, 25 October 2014.


Our art & creating links page signposts you to the main national bodies, key organisations, initiatives and websites in the world of art and creativity outdoors.

Have a browse – there are tons of links to loads of interesting, important & inspiring organisations!

Sections include:

Access & disability
Drama & theatre
Film & photography
Museums & galleries
Music & art in nature
Music & song
National organisations
Public & government bodies
Visual & tactile arts
Words, poems & stories

Arts and Crafts Activities May Stave Off Dementia

Report on research that finds people who engaged in artistic activities in both middle age and when they were 85 and older, were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than those who did not engage in artistic activities. From Live Science, 8 April 2015.

The internet is full of resources – no doubt you can find plenty yourself! But here are just a few sites & articles sharing art & creating resources that caught our eye – just to start you off…


8 Ways To Make Wind Chimes. From Tipnut – who offer all sorts of other craft and DIY ideas too.

27 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make With Your Kids (Using Recycled Materials). From Zing Instruments.

Homemade Musical Instruments. Shakers, drums, guitars and more! Crafty Crow has tons of other children’s craft activities too.

Visual arts

The Artful Parent. Blog with hundreds of art activities, including 3D art & sculpturenature art & craft ideas, painting, drawing and more.

Artists Helping Children: Recycled Crafts. Tons of craft projects using everyday household items.

Kids Art. Hands-on art education for home and school – free art resources & shop.

Kinder Art. Dozens of activities and lesson plans, search by medium: sculpturepaintingdrawingprintmaking and more.