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

  • Explore AccessArt’s Exemplar Primary Art Plan

    Exemplar Curriculum

    For years 1 to 6 with links to over 100 resources

  • Inspire: A Celebration of Children’s Art at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in Response to Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche

    Inspire ArtWork from the Fitzwilliam Museum - An exhibtion of children's work inspired by the Renaissance artist Del Sellaio, In collaboration with AccessArt

    From the 10 December 2019 to Sunday 22 March 2020

  • Enter our #BeACreativeProducer Animation Competition!

    Animation Competition

    For ages 11 to 15: “Spaces & Places that Make me Happy”

  • AccessArt is now an Artsmark Supporter!


    Find out how we can support your Artsmark journey

  • Apply Now: AccessArt Young Artists

    Young Artists

    Inspirational opportunities for ages 12 to 18: Apply Now!


Cupid and Psyche: How a Fifteenth-Century Renaissance Panel Became the Most Loved Painting in Cambridgeshire

Sheila Ceccarelli tells the Inspire Project story and how teachers across Cambridgeshire worked with the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Team and AccessArt to bring Del Sellaio’s ‘Cupid and Psyche’ to life in their classrooms. A sample of the resulting children’s artwork can be seen in the ‘Inspire’ exhibition – A celebration of children’s art at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 22nd March 2020.

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.”

New this week

Exploring Foreshortening in Drawing

AccessArt Young Artist Rowan Briggs Smith shares her exploration of foreshortening in drawing using self portraits taken on a phone as source material.

All our latest 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.


CBBC Searches for Britain's Best Young Artist

Two creative ways to use art to support children with cancer

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The Creative Odyssey by Sarah Cannell

Two creative ways to use art to support children with cancer


Find Out More about Brilliant Makers and Support Making in Your School!

We hope that by taking positive steps to develop a network of Brilliant Makers Clubs, we will join together individuals, schools and organisations who recognise the importance of making as a vital part of a child’s education and life long learning.

What's Your Space?

Explore David Parr House & Be Inspired to Design Your Own Space!

Video created by the teenage #BeACreativeProducer Team & AccessArt in collaboration with David Parr House, Cambridge, aimed at primary-aged children.

2019 UNESCO International Arts Week

AccessArt and #InSEA Celebrate Hands and Making. Enjoy our video and resources for you to use in your school/centre.

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.

See all our participatory projects

Designed to get your Creative Juices Flowing...

AccessArt organises a variety of participatory projects for all ages. Be Inspired!
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Two Books to Inspire Creativity in Children (and adults too!)

Drawing & Making

Drawing Projects for Children and Make Build Create are two beautiful books to inspire creativity in children. Find out how more and how to order direct.

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! Find out more.

Paula Briggs

Paula Briggs

Sheila Ceccarelli

Sheila Ceccarelli




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