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Lockdown Lab update; art student animations, recommendations and a call out to share your projects!

Since the launch of Lockdown Lab at the start of June we have been uploading lots of exciting content to our website to be explored by kids, families and classes. 

The Cereal Box ChallengeKitronics, & Move Your Bodies make-along, move-along video series’ are now on Week 4, with two more weeks of activities to come. If you are exploring these activities as individuals or classes we would love to share your projects – please get in contact and send any images to me and we can make a gallery for your class, or tag us on instagram or twitter @artlabuor

The MERL 360 Challenge is still open!

If you are part of a school in the Reading area, and qualify under the Widening Participation initiative, we invite your pupils to create content inspired by a 360 version of The Museum of English Rural Life combining their artwork with subjects across the school curriculum to create a unique tour of the museum. If you are interested in working with ArtLab and your class/school to create your own virtual museum exhibition, please email

In addition to these strands we are delighted to share two stands of content by our wonderful art students at Reading School of Art:


Reading School of Art student artists and co-researchers review and recommend the best of free projects available on the internet, from galleries, institutions, artists and creatives.  

Recommendations; Ikea Fort Instructions by Jessica, recent BA Art & English Graduate

These are being adding to everyday at explore activities from Tate, Museums Sheffield, The Ashmolean, National Galleries and more, in accessible short videos and written reviews.  If you have resources you’ve found really useful please share with us – we would love to be able review them share with other schools and pupils!  Or better still if your kids would like to do a review, we’d love to share their voices!

Animate Your Home

Art students explore the world of the home, and the everyday things we have at our finger tips through stop frame animation to tell creative mini stories and inspire yours!

Even in Tarmac Flowers Grow By Tehya, BA Art & Film Student

Released each week these are heart warming stories, with themes of hope, growth and transformation.  This page includes a mini brief than can be shared with pupils, that our students also worked from, utilising a free app – details are here.  Again we would love to share pupils work so please send us images, clips and stories and we will make a gallery for your school.

All our resources will stay on our website long after lockdown and term ends.  If you have any suggestions, feedback or would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to pop Wendy an email.

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