We’re still open! Although Essex has moved to the High Tier COVID alert level, you can still enjoy loads of fun, covid-safe things to do this autumn at Firstsite! See what’s on

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Create at Home

‘Create at Home’ is part of Firstsite’s ‘Art is Where the Home is’, a programme of activities to inspire everyone at home to get making.

We’ll be adding fun, step-by-step activities each week –  with everything from finger knitting to stick figure animation!

Anyone can have a go, with no specialist materials required, and no experience necessary.

All activities are suitable for ages 4 and up.

Please help us to keep activities like these FREE!

With your help, Firstsite can continue to be here to provide art, creativity and inspiration to everyone. 

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Sing along string

Use pots or cans to make a telephone! Explore how vibrations transmit speech from one place to another.
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Folding Fliers

Create your. own plane or flying machine! Experiment with different folds and shapes and run some test flights. Which flies the furthest?

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Fold a Friend

Make a jumping frog or a cute fox that stands up by itself, with our fold a friend activity.

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Sponge Printmaking

Use found objects from around the home to make a colourful print, with artist Amanda Blair.

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Fame Frame

Be the star of a TV show or report your own breaking news with our Create at Home Fame Frame activity!

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Street Art Style

Have you seen any street art outside on buildings when exercising or walking? Have a go at designing your own at home, then put it in your window for everyone to see!

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Paper pot making

Dig out your old magazines and make a paper pot with artist and maker Iris Gunnarsdottir.

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Breakdancing with Limitless – Lesson 1 of 4: Toprock Exercise

Isaac from our breakdancing class Limitless show you ways to start moving to the beat with toprock moves and begin your street dance set.

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Breakdancing with Limitless - Lesson 2 of 4: Drops Exercise

Isaac from our breakdancing class Limitless shows you different ways of dropping to the ground, in preparation for footwork moves.

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Breakdancing with Limitless – Lesson 3 of 4: Footwork Exercise

Isaac from our breakdancing class Limitless shows you how to get creative with footwork, following on from your drop moves.

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Breakdancing with Limitless – Lesson 4 of 4: Freeze Exercise

Isaac from our breakdancing class Limitless shows you dynamic ways to freeze your moves to the beat.

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Rainbow Watercolour

Make a colourful rainbow with a fun and experimental way of creating a painting.

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CLIP Listening Rings

Listen in and see what your ears can tell you about the world around you, with CLIP’s listening rings activity.

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Nature Collage

Make a nature inspired collage with old magazines and newspapers found around the home.

You can download a PDF of instructions here.

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Finger knitting

Try your hand at finger knitting with artist and maker Iris Gunnarsdottir.

You can download a PDF of instructions here.

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Drawing Games

Get experimental and try some different ways of drawing.

You can download a PDF of instructions here.

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Send a snowdrop

Learn how to make a secretive snowdrop letter with artist and maker Iris Gunnarsdottir.

You can download a PDF of instructions here.

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Wonderful Weaves

Create eye-catching patterns from old magazines and newspapers with this fun, paper weave activity.

You can download a PDF of instructions here.

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Virus Illustrations

What does a virus look like? Experiment with drawing something that the human eye cannot see, with our virus illustration activity.

You can download a PDF of instructions here.

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Stick Figure Stories

Use your imagination and make a stick figure story with artist and maker Iris Gunnarsdottir.

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

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