The Art Cave

Join artists Iris and Tom in the secret ‘Art Cave’ underneath Firstsite for buckets full of fun.

Get stuck in with crazy creations you can make at home, along with tonnes of drawing tips and tricks! Warning: may contain silliness.

Episode 1: A Trip to the Gallery

Iris and Tom take a trip to Firstsite to look at the art and get inspired, but oh no! They don’t have a sketchbook! Tune in to learn how to make one, and encounter some surprises along the way…

Episode 2: The Mosaic

Tom and Iris have fun with the Roman mosaic in Firstsite. That secret door is still puzzling them though… how can they get inside?


Episode 3: Welcome to the Art Cave

Iris and Tom discover a secret room in the gallery. Worried about being caught somewhere they shouldn’t be, they decide to make some disguises…

Episode 4: Pesky Puppets

Iris and Tom discover some new friends in the Art Cave, but one pesky mouse is set on causing trouble! Learn how to make different kinds of puppets from simple materials around the home.

Episode 5: Broom Broom

Iris and Tom need to find a way of escaping the Art Cave… which of their ideas do you think will work best? Try them out for yourself and make a balloon car, a newspaper boat and a colourful aeroplane!


Episode 6: Underwater Adventure

The art cave is flooded, and some fishy friends start to appear… Make a fishing game with paper clips, a shark fin hat and a jellyfish out of plastic bags!

Episode 7: Food Glorious Food

Iris and Tom find a hamper of food in the Art Cave and get creative! Join them to make potato prints, turning vegetables into animals, and salt dough into sculptures.

Episode 8: Tricks and Jokes

Cabin fever sets in… Iris and Tom turn to playing tricks on one another. Discover how to make a whoopie cushion and a trick matchbox!

Episode 9: Thank Yule all for Watching

All Iris and Tom want for Christmas is to escape The Art Cave, but to cheer themselves up they start decorating. Discover how to make weaved paper hearts and stick Nisse (Christmas gnomes). Wait… is that the mouse?!

Available to watch from Sat 19 Dec 10:15am.

Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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