18 May 2020

Keep well with creative activities at home, part 2

This week is Creativity and Wellbeing Week, a UK-wide festival full of activities showing how culture and creativity can support everyone’s health and wellbeing. While we’d love to be meeting up in person and sharing some creative activities, our fantastic collections, and our beautiful venues with you, like so many organisations – and the entire Creativity and Wellbeing Festival – we’ve had to move online, but we still want to get people inspired and creating during lockdown and beyond!

Last week we shared our first set of creative activities you can try from home with ideas that you can do with just a few resources (read Part 1  of Keep well with creative activities at home ). We’ve got some more activities to try today, and there will be even more at the end of the week!

We’d love to keep connected, so do stay in touch and share your creative work with us. You can tag us on Twitter @BMTEngage or email your photos to us at . While you’re being creative, why not take part in Inspire 20, our annual art competition? This year we’ve opened the competition up to everyone from 0-100 (and beyond!) as well as groups, so you can create as a family, or with your colleagues – there’s no limits on creativity! We welcome submissions in any art form from poetry to photography, sketching to sculpture. You can find out how to enter by reading our Inspire 20 competition blog post and see some of the entries we’ve already received on our Inspire Flickr gallery .  

With thanks to the artists Tina Francis, Claire Leggett, Amy Hoult, and Rita Patel for Creative Health, for letting us share their creative ideas in these blog posts.

Enjoy these ideas and take a few minutes to let your mind switch off as you get creative.

Tiny tiles

If you feel overwhelmed and as if you don’t have time to be creative, take off the pressure by creating a tiny book from just one piece of paper, and spending just five minutes doodling on the smallest page you can! Each tiny square could be inspired by one of the beautiful tiles on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Mini book art activity


  • Making an 8 or 16 page mini-book from one piece of paper - find out how by downloading our 'How to make a mini book' guide (PDF).
  • Each day try and fill just one square. You can fill it with anything you want – from patterns (think lines, spirals, curves, triangles, dots, squares…) to sketches (cartoon faces, a pet, the view from your window…)

Be inspired…

  • William de Morgan was a tile designer, creating artworks on ceramic tiles. Search our online Digital Image Resource for ‘de Morgan’ to get ideas for ways to fill your squares with flowers, leaves and creatures.

Panel of Wall Tiles by William De Morgan
Panel of Wall Tiles by William De Morgan.

Go straight

Blakesley Hall, a Tudor farmhouse and one of our museums, was the inspiration for an activity during our CreateSpace: Arts for Wellbeing programme. Participants were challenged to create drawings of nature using only straight black and white lines, like the outside of Blakesley Hall.

Straight lines art activity


  • Cut (any colour) paper into thin straight strips of different lengths. You could start simple by making a pattern, or challenge yourself – can you make a flower, a face, or a landscape, using only straight lines?

Be inspired…

  • Create patterns inspired by the beams at Blakesley Hall.
  • Go abstract and create a design like the woodcut in Birmingham Museum’s collections. Search our Digital Image Resource for Woodcut

Blakesley Hall (left) and Woodcut by William Morris (right)
Blakesley Hall (left) and a woodcut by William Morris (right).

Creative maps

Our CreateSpace participants used maps this year to create their own abstract works of art. While we can’t all get out and about as much as before, why not use your favourite walks or journeys to create an artwork – where would you go, if you could go anywhere?

map art activity


  • Find a map to trace – use an old A-Z or road atlas, or pull up your favourite area or a place you’d love to visit on Google maps.
  • Trace over the route you choose in one colour pen, then use patterns to fill between the roads to create your artwork. Try outlining the shapes in different colours, filling them with dots or lines, or doodling differently in each shape. 

Be inspired…

A Plan of Birmingham Surveyed in 1750
A Plan of Birmingham Surveyed in 1750.