Wellbeing and art
The benefits of art for improving wellbeing have been increasingly studied and advocated for in recent years – from relieving anxiety and stress to improving resilience.
We've gathered a selection of great learning resources from museums, galleries and art collections around the UK, which can be used in both classroom and home learning settings, to improve and increase awareness of young people's wellbeing.
Aberdeen Art Gallery's wellbeing resources
The Learning team at Aberdeen Art Gallery have created resources for both primary and secondary level exploring wellbeing, taking in both painting and sculpture.
The primary resource focuses on Katherine Aarrestad's artwork 'this is the end of you' as a way to prompt discussion around experiences of worry and anxiety. How can we cope with these emotions? There are suggestions for activities that help with relaxation and creative flow.
The secondary resource focused on how we can communicate our feelings through art, and takes Winifred Nicholson's Honeysuckle and Sweetpeas as inspiration for connecting with nature and mindful practice.
Mindfulness with Gallery Oldham
Focusing on a single artwork can promote mindfulness. These five-minute videos show you how, with sound and text. Suitable for primary and secondary.
Have a go at mindful drawing activities led by five artists, inspired by five famous sitters. Suitable for primary.
Drawing for wellbeing
Create a viewfinder to help draw scenes outside a window. Suitable for secondary.
The Mindful Museum of Me
Anyone can transform their home into a museum with this resource. Suitable for upper primary and lower secondary.
Check in with your feelings
Match an artwork to your mood with this short quiz. Suitable for secondary age.
Practice mindfulness with Van Dyck
A ten-minute audio guide developed with and for primary schools.
More mindfulness guides
Three nine-minute videos, suitable for lower secondary upwards.
The Recovery Curriculum
Try out these mindfulness activity sheets inspired by various artworks and objects. Suitable for upper primary and lower secondary.
If you're looking for more creative activities you can do at home over the holidays, why not try out some of our Home School activities.