Art for Wellbeing Week

Art For Wellbeing Week

We have created seven daily art activities to ensure that we can continue to provide meaningful creative engagement opportunities for all, even when the Cathedral is closed. All the resources are free to download and each art activity is inspired by the Cathedral, from the architecture to the organ!

You can download all seven days of activities here

Why not give it a go and share your artwork online? Don't forget to tag us using #creativecathedral

Day One: Drawing Inspired by Norman Architecture

This resource uses the incredible Norman architecture of the Cathedral to introduce a simple drawing activity that focuses on the arches and pillars in the Nave. This theme gives the perfect inspiration to draw and decorate your own arch and pillars, experimenting with patterns and colours.

Day Two: Painting inspired by words of Remembrance

Today’s resource explores the use of colour to create texture and depth. We’ve used one of our beautifully carved monuments to inspire the theme of this activity – the sea. The Cathedral is rich with incredible monuments that can be a source of solace, remembrance and thoughtfulness as well as displays of exceptional art and craftsmanship.

Day Three: Sculpt a Mini Gargoyle or Grotesque

We’ve used our ever popular (and often garish) carved gargoyles and grotesques to inspire this activity. Not only can you make your own ‘salt dough’ - a great clay substitute, you can sculpt your own gruesome grotesque to keep!

Day Four: Create a Medieval Tile Design

Our medieval tile pavement in the recently restored Lady Chapel displays intricate clay tile designs and patterns. Use this activity to experiment with patterns and shapes, making your own design.

Day FIve: Paper Craft Inspired by the Cathedral Cloister

The Cloister at Gloucester is world famous for many reasons, filming of many films and tv shows here is one, the incredible ‘fan vaulted’ ceiling design is another! We’ve put together a simple paper folding and cutting activity to make a beautiful cut out paper canopy inspired by the carving of the Cloister.

Day Six: Re-create the Cathedral Organ

This is great activity – learn about the beautiful, historic organ and the traditions of music at the Cathedral then make your own organ pipes that you can transform in to a drinks coaster! Two crafts in one.

Day Seven: Making Your Mark

Our final activity of Art for Wellbeing week is a simple exercise in creating unique symbols. We’ve used the fantastic masons’ marks that are delicately carved all around the Cathedral as inspiration. These marks are part of the Cathedrals rich history and story of craftsmanship that our team of stonemasons continue today.

Additional 'Art for Wellbeing' activities can be downloaded here

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