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Idea Starter 4 - Shadow Lands

In this very extraordinary time it is important that we look after those around us and we also look after ourselves. A good way to offer self-care is through ‘creative flow’, when you take on an activity that focuses your mind and attention in an imaginative and absorbing way.

We understand you might not have access to lots of art materials, so we’ve designed these art idea starters with the most basic art kit, but please adapt our suggestions to suit your home supplies and environment.


Make sure that the window you choose is securely fastened and that you are on the ground floor. Tape or blu-tack your thin paper to the window.

Looking through the paper, start to draw the shadows as they appear on to your paper. You can stick several sheets of paper on the windows and draw on several through the course of a day, as the shadows move and fall in different places and with different varieties of tone (shade).

You’ll end up with some interesting, slightly abstract drawings.

You might like to try this on a rainy day as well, and trace the patterns of the rain as it falls and runs down the window.

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