Free Giveaway: Play with Art at Home

Boys holding up their paintings

Have you been following our #PortraitParty series? If so, you’ll know that by way of just reading this, you may be the lucky recipient of a PDF that will rock your world. WHO doesn’t want the challenge of deciphering a da Vinci decoding exercise? Who doesn’t want to spot 10 (yes, ten!) differences between an original Botticelli and a mocked-up version? Art History Word Search? We got you covered!

We even have architectural terms to fill in, pointing to various parts of a Greek temple pulled from our text on the Parthenon to make you feel smart (need a hint? Some terms are answered in our blog post about how the Parthenon used Greek mythology as a means of propaganda).

We have Michelangelo connect-the-dots, French Neo-Classical perspective exercises from David’s Oath of Horatii, V&A Cast Courts predellas to place-in-order and for the little’uns, some color-in exercises (one which also has you track where Bronzino made a mistake, which is always fun).  It’s not like you don’t have the time under lockdown… Come, please, play with art at home with us!

four portrait paintings by Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse
Some of the people for whom we’re devising stories (& surreptitiously learning about!): Edvard Munch The Scream (1893), Van Gogh Self-Portrait (1889), Picasso Woman in a Hat (1935), Matisse The Green Line (1906) aka ‘SheMan Mme Matisse’

What you need to do

So adults and kids, teens and tweens alike, you’re asked to do the following in order to receive these treasures (which we usually sell for moola, but with all of our museums shut tight as a drum, they’re yours to earn on condition of the following):

  1. Sign up to our mailing list, either here or by using the form to the right of this blog post!
  2. Send us a photo of your fave portrait with a sentence or two as to WHY you like it (your child can dictate a sentence or two, if it’s easier, or we’re also happy to receive an adult’s reasons). You can tag us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (with the hashtag #PortraitParty, of course), or send us an email if you prefer!

Remember, we don’t just want your favourite portrait, we want to know why you like it. We’re not fussy though: if you like it because the guy’s got a funny nose or the lady looks a bit like your gran, that’s fine by us!

two boys holding up their drawings under the Portrait Party Gallery sign
This wall will be filled with people, from Storsh & Balthazar’s work to printed out portraits with whom the kids will play. Lockdown lonely? Not in our house!

What’s next on the blog?

Ok, the next post from me will be more about our home school art history game, The #PortraitParty, whose photos are sprinkled throughout this post. We’ve been making up stories about our portraits, which are slowly lining our wall, as the kids start to memorise who they’re by, when they’re from and just one or two morsels of art history & history behind them.  

But mainly, we’ve been spinning sophisticated stories about these portraits. Wittenberg’s 95 Theses, Indulgences and his buddy Cranach aside, did you know that no matter how many prunes Martin Luther ate, he was still constipated??? You can see it in his eyes, no? Just by chance, Ms Redding had Storsh study Luther and his break with the church & founding of Protestantism this week. Perfect home-school life balance (or divine intervention perhaps?!?).

Martin Luther painted by Lucas Cranach in 1529
Martin Luther, by Lucas Cranach, 1529, Pitti Palace, Florence
Thinking about the BM. And we don’t mean the British Museum…

Before I return with more #PortraitParty silliness, our blog’s about to kick off a new Food & Art series with recipe contributions from THATMuse Friends. We’ll be pulling food-related museum treasure from some themes like our V&A Celebrations theme (always popular for birthday parties) and our Food & Wine themed treasure hunt at the Louvre. And of course we’ll continue to post more straightforward museum posts like 6 stories of scandal & illegal intrigue at the Natural History Museum and 3-minute Greek Mythology videos and how the Greeks handled their Plague!

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One Comment on “Free Giveaway: Play with Art at Home

  1. Hi.
    How do I get Michelangelo connect-the-dots? The Botticelli 10 Differences is pretty hard, my grandkids are still working on it.

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