Welcome to AccessArt: A Creative Community to Support Visual Arts Teaching & Learning

Join AccessArt this October! Our Offer to Schools for the Autumn term 2020

DrawAble New for Schools

Three Panel Challenge by Rozi Hathaway A DrawAble Resource

Exploring Through Watercolour by Emma Burleigh A DrawAble Resource

This free resource, and downloadable How to Clay Play Booklet was created in collaboration with Cambridge City Council with the support of Scolaquip in response to Covid-19 and Cambridge City Council’s #CamCreativePacks which aim to support access to arts and culture for vulnerable families in Cambridge during the pandemic.

Returning to School Support for teachers post lockdown

Safe Creative Classrooms

Practical advice to keep classrooms creative during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Art Kits for Schools

Explore what mark-making materials might be made available for pupils with social distancing and ‘quarantine’ measures considered.

Resources for Home & School

Resources which can be used at home or school to explore drawing, sketchbooks and making.

Planning your Art Curriculum? Support for Schools

EYFS Exemplar Plan

Download our free plan to promote rich creative learning with EYFS, including links to resources

Primary Art Exemplar Plan

Download our free exemplar plan to create a vibrant creative art curriculum in your school

AccessArt Progression Plan

The free-to-access, AccessArt Progression Plan for Years 1 to 6.

New from the AccessArt Young Artists Explore our latest resources created with the help of teenagers

Drawing Small

Drawing exercise for use at home or school

Drawing Large

Drawing exercise for use at home or school

Chloe Fox Photography Challenge

Be inspired by AccessArt Young Artist Chloe Fox

Lockdown Projects Be Inspired

Looking for Hope in the Small Things

Catherine Laing takes inspiration from objects found on her walks

The Nonna Maria Challenge!

Luca Damiani inspires us all to draw the relatives we love

Missing You

Pavement to art to communicate feelings during school closures

Latest Resources

Collaborative Public Mural

Tracy McGuinness-Kelly shares with us a community project completed in 2017 at Rose Hill train station in collaboration with the local community.demonstrates two simple table top activities that celebrate our connection to community during these challenging times.

One Roll of Paper, Two Activities

This post is part of a ‘table top’ collection of activities created during ‘lockdown’ and are designed to be simple in terms of delivery and require easy to find art materials.

Botanical Fairies

In this table top post, AccessArt team member Rachel Thompson demonstrates a simple collage activity using flowers from the garden to create a Fairy collage.

Get Connected

In this table top post AccessArt team member Rachel Thompson shows you how to make a robot using scrap cardboard and split pins to create movable joints.

Galaxy Painting

Artist and AccessArt team member Rachel Thompson demonstrates two simple table top activities that celebrate our connection to community during these challenging times.

Art Activities at Home

Resources schools can send out to children and teenagers, and tips for parents coping at home

Meet the 2020 AccessArt Young Artists

Message to Teachers

Thank you, Teachers!

AccessArt would like to send thanks to the incredible teachers on the front line during this challenging time. The commitment, hard work, and the inspiration that you give to our children and young people, every minute of every day is so hugely humbling. Thank you, TEACHERS!

What you say about AccessArt

  • “I found your website an excellent resource. Congratulations on putting it together and thanks for making it so accessible.”

  • “…the website is wonderful, it’s so inspiring and had given me tonnes of ideas for our new curriculum…”

  • “…I love Access Art – I am really pleased we signed up! I am a member for my school and it has been a great inspiration even though we only recently joined.”

  • Your website and books are my total ‘go to’ for ideas. Inspirational.

  • “Thank you so much for your email, your website is like no other anywhere on the internet, thank you for your expertise and hard work, we are very lucky!”

  • “The posts on Facebook that I quickly read and it triggers a little idea I can add to my lessons the next week bring art into all subjects. One such post was about making a little sketchbook. So I did! I made 70 from a paper for out year cohort to use whilst out on a field trip exploring our local area for our local history topic. No worksheets. ..just sketching.”

  • “Your teaching resources are brilliant, so well worth signing up again”

  • “I’d like to use the opportunity to congratulate your team…for your strong work and for all the inspiration which you share. I love accessart- I firmly believe it to be the absolute best resource available for creative ideas!”

  • “We love the AccessArt projects – they are stunning and inspirational – I have passed them on to other friends and colleagues who are equally impressed.”

  • “The range of ideas and resources supports me in producing inspiring lessons for my students”

  • “I have found it a hugely valuable resource, containing inspirational ideas. I particularly like the art starter
    activities and being inspired by the art week activities.”

  • “AccessArt is a fantastic inspiration to my own practice as a teacher and made it a far more enjoyable experience for me too…”

  • “AccessArt has given me ‘permission’ to practice my teaching in a way that I feel has integrity and links to my own personal understanding of the creative process.”

  • “A great psychological support to teachers /artists carrying the creative torch! ;- )”

  • “…interesting and different ideas, that are not focused on a same end product for every child, but a creative experience for every child.”

  • “I am a new user to AccessArt and have been amazed at the depth and breadth of your resources. There is so much I can use and which inspires me.”

  • “What I love about AccessArt is the open, innovative and experimental nature of the projects.”

  • “AccessArt has given me the courage to experiment. Gone are the days when all the children in the class draw the same picture & in comes free thinking, new ideas, discussions and thinking outside of the box.”

  • “AccessArt has made me feel like making art is a real profession that can challenge us and make us grow in ways that we never knew we could.”

  • “I LOVE the resources. I have replicated 2 projects and they worked brilliantly. The photos and breakdown of each project is enormously helpful… Thank you for all your efforts, it is making a big difference to my teaching practice.”

  • “Brilliant projects for my pupils with Autism that were accessible by all and created fantastic results!
    It always inspires me to try new projects. “

  • “AccessArt has helped me to provide opportunities for children to be more independent in their work and gain the skills they need to progress as artists.”

  • “Being featured on AccessArt has really given weight to what I am doing. I love the openness and sharing involved through AccessArt.

  • “As a freelance artist and workshop leader it has been almost like having a friend to bounce ideas around with, getting so many balls rolling, and inspiring many projects.”

  • “Really good to know there’s a community out there as when you are almost always leading
    projects alone. Great, thank you.”

  • “What I particularly like are the warm up exercises for drawing that you share with us –
    particularly good at putting the kids at ease with the drawing process – and the projects can be followed easily.”

  • “This site has grown spectacularly since I last explored it. It’s inspirational and packed with ideas and action. Thanks for all the work people.”

  • “I can’t wait to start accessing the site and the wonderful resources and ideas. I am positive that this will have a positive impact on the standards of art within our school.”

  • “I must confess I was seriously stuck for a Year 3 and 4 lesson today and your ‘Drawing Small’ and ‘Continuous Line Drawing’ videos saved my bacon! Thank you so much for that! It is a privilege to support such an incredible organization. Keep up the outstanding work!”

  • “So far all I have seen on the website has been inspiring! I have already dipped in and been able to share some ideas with colleagues in secondary school and it’s just the first day!”

  • “I am so impressed with everything that you are doing and sharing. It’s a real inspiration and I’m happy to be able to suggest lots of creative ideas and activities to our children as they occupy themselves at home.”

  • “In these uncertain times you have made available to all these wonderful ideas and I thank you for it!”

  • “I’ve been a member for a few years now and have used your resources many times with all ages from 4-84! You are all fantastic!”

  • “I’m delighted to have found your website!!! At last I feel that I have a place to go for help and advice so that I can finally begin to ensure Art and DT has a place in our school.”

  • “I am so impressed with AccessArt and the inspiration and ideas it gives me.”

All our Free to Access Resources

See all our latest resources contributed to AccessArt by artist-educators and teachers which are free to access

AccessArt has a collection of resources that are free-to-access which we hope will give the parents who are looking after children from home over the next few weeks lots of inspiration. If you are an artist or artist-educator who would like to contribute to AccessArt please do get in touch.

Members only Resources

See all our latest resources contributed to AccessArt by artist-educators and teachers

One of AccessArt’s most unique features is our evolving collection of posts to help inspire teaching, learning, and practice in the visual arts. We now have over 850 resources aimed at all ages and abilities and covering all areas of the visual arts.

Did you know AccessArt is a Membership Organisation

AccessArt Believes Everyone Has the Right to be Creative

AccessArt is a UK Charity and we are the leading provider of visual arts resources. We have over 12,500 subscribers and 3600 members across the UK and overseas, all of whom believe in the power of creativity to transform. Show your support and join AccessArt. Members have full access to over 850 unique resources to inspire, enable and develop creativity. Membership costs from just £3.50 per month. Find out more about joining AccessArt.

Find out more about AccessArt

AccessArt is a UK Charity directed by Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccerelli. Our aim is simple – to inspire and enable high-quality visual arts teaching, learning, and practice! 

AccessArt is lucky to have an amazing team: #TeamAccessArt

Paula Briggs

Paula Briggs

Sheila Ceccarelli

Sheila Ceccarelli

Andrea Butler

Andrea Butler

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson

Irina Richards

Irina Richards




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