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Living Paintings – Fun At The National Gallery

20 ‘Mayhems’, all under the age of 5, sitting enthralled in front of a family portrait in an art gallery – amazing!

The children were sitting in front of  ‘The Marquise de Seignelay and Two of her Sons’  when ‘The Marquise’ appeared and chatted to the group about her family, the objects in the picture and why it had been painted.

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‘The Marquise de Seignelay’ explaining her portrait!

I love going to art galleries however I must admit it never occurred to me to take ‘The Mayhems’ to London’s National Gallery until my daughter suggested it.  The National Gallery run a variety of free family friendly activities during the school holidays and at weekends; check the website to see what is on. The activities take place near The Pigott Education Centre which is at the back of the National Gallery building so use the entrance in Orange Street.

You may have to sign up when one hour before the start as some activities such as Magic Carpet Storytelling on Sundays are very popular.

 

Where: The National Gallery,Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Family Activities are at The Pigott Education Centre entrance – on Orange Street
Admission: Free – charge for some  special exhibitions
Facilities: Family Activities, family Audio Tours and Trails Lifts Cafe Shop
Website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk/families

We took Daisy (4), Sky (21 months) and some of their friends to an under 5 ‘Talk and Play’  session. The activities are based around different themes. Our activity was based on  ‘The Marquise de Seignelay and Two of her Sons’ . After seeing the picture we all went to a nearby craft room where craft activities based on the painting had been set up.national gallery activity

This room had a box of dressing up clothes and a table with shells and pearls similar to those in the painting.  There were several reproductions of the picture around the room.

There were a lot of art materials out for the children to experiment with.  Daisy made a crown and had a great time sticking shapes on it.  Sky made a bee line for the sand tray and then played with the dressing up box.

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Afterwards as we walked through the galleries and the children had fun picking out the pictures that they liked.

The free family friendly activities are run during the school holidays and at weekends; check the website to see what is on. They take place near The Pigott Education Centre which is at the back of the National Gallery building; use the entrance in Orange Street.

You may have to sign up when one hour before the start  as some activities such as Magic Carpet Storytelling on Sundays are very popular.



Getting There The National Gallery,Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN 
Use the Orange Street entrance to avoid the crowds -it  is level and has lifts. it is near to The Pigott Education Centre where activities take place 
Google see map or get directions

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