Participation in the Arts Increases Children's Emotional Wellbeing We have always put art and community at the heart of everything we do, which is why our Art and Wellbeing initiative has been crucial towards opening up a conversation around the physical and emotional wellbeing of our visitors. Not only have we been tirelessly working on accessibility materials, free learning resources and creative sessions for adults; our Learning team has also spent a significant amount of time researching and designing activities for families and children. Painting Light and Shadow Workshop © The Lightbox A recent study from University College London around children's engagement in the arts has found that taking part in creative sessions can boost a young person's self-esteem, regardless of their ability or inclination for artistic expression. The report compared multiple types of art activities and also measured if a parent's involvement positively impacted the outcome. When it came to reading, music-making or listening, researchers found that an increase in a child's self-esteem was only quantifiable in the case of a parent's participation in the pastime, whereas drawing and painting were generally associated with higher self-esteem, regardless of parental contribution. The study also noted that '[a]mong the matched sample, children who participated in arts activities most days were significantly more likely to have higher levels of self-esteem than those who participated less often'. Free Drop-in Family Session © The Lightbox Be it either term time or the holidays, we do our best to have a variety of children's and family workshops on offer, drawing inspiration from the exhibitions and artworks on display. We've just put together a February Half Term Guide where you can find out all about what we have going on during Hockney Week. From free family drop-ins to Hockney-inspired bookable workshops, we offer something that the whole family can enjoy! Producing art can 'validate the uniqueness of an individual, which gives rise to a sense of accomplishment and to feelings of self-worth', the research authors conclude. Likewise, 'the arts have been shown to support a sense of social identity' and can 'encourage goal-directed behavior, and enhance social resilience'. Young Curators - Tablet Art Workshop © Bahareh Akbarisafa Whether a young person picks up a guitar or a paintbrush, it will certainly help them navigate those murky teenage waters a bit more easily. For those eager to get their creative juices flowing, they can draw inspiration from our current David Hockney: Ways of Woking and Great Minds by Anne-Katrin Purkiss displays or the upcoming Roy Ralph exhibition. There's a jam-packed programme of arts and crafts awaiting discovery, so just sneak a peek on our Guide for the full schedule! First up, our 3D Landscapes workshop for 5–8 year olds takes place on Tues 18 February, 1.30pm – 3.00pm. For more information or to book a place, please click here.