Activity sheets for prison learners
Art Aid provides simple creative tasks to help inspire learning in prisons and secure settings. All you will need is a pencil and some paper to get started.
Each month Koestler Arts commissions an artist/writer who has directly engaged with Koestler to set a creative task.
Our entrants have told us that they would like to hear more from other people with experience of being creative in the criminal justice system. We hope that Art Aid will become a platform to share personal stories and sources of inspiration.
New sheets will be available from the first Monday of each month.
Thank you to education provider Novus for their help distributing these to their learners through in-cell screens and paper packs.
If you’re an education provider or prison arts organisation, please download, share and use the sheets below. Please do let us know if you are using them to help your learners or if you have any questions or feedback.
Looking for more inspiration? Explore the archive of our weekly Art Aid sheets, produced in Spring 2020 in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
Download our monthly Art Aid sheets:
September Art Aid
Create an image of how freedom looks and feels with this drawing activity set by Paul, a Koestler Award winner, exhibited artist and former mentee
August Art Aid
Explore the 5 senses with a writing and drawing task set by Koestler Award winner, exhibited Artist, published writer and former mentee, Clare
July Art Aid
Channel your feelings and emotions with a writing task set by Koestler Arts mentee, Lee
June Art Aid
Sketch the places you've lived in this drawing task set by Koestler Award winner and mentee Andy. Andy's work was displayed in our recent exhibition ‘Soul Journey to Truth’.
May Art Aid 2
Celebrate the launch of our new exhibition 'Soul Journey to Truth', with a self-reflective writing task set by writer and former Koestler Mentee Charlotte
May Art Aid 1
Travel in your imagination with a drawing and writing task set by former Koestler Arts Mentee, Mark
April Art Aid 2
Unblock your creativity with a freewriting task, set by writer, Koestler Award-winner and former mentee, Dale
April Art Aid 1
Create an abstract artwork with Koestler Award winner, exhibited artist and mentee, James
March Art Aid 2
Explore found shapes and words with 2 creative tasks set by Koestler Award winner, exhibited artist and former Mentee, Mark
March Art Aid 1
This task combines writing and drawing to make a calligram, an image made up of words, in the shape of an object. Set by Koestler Award winner, writer and former Mentee Thomas
February Art Aid 2
Try your hand at the traditional prison artform of soap carving with Koestler Award winner, exhibited artist, former Mentee and former Koestler staff member, Lee
February Art Aid 1
Take your pencil for a walk with Koestler Award winner and current Mentee, Sean
January Art Aid 2
Explore our 2021 Themed Category, Together, with 2 creative tasks set by artist James and writer Charlotte, both of whom are former Koestler Mentees
January Art Aid 1
Learn how to make paper mache sculptures with Koestler Award-winning artist Danny
December Art Aid
"Xmas inside is never easy. Getting creative can help get you through & receiving something might help someone else too." Card-making with Koestler Mentee, Steve
November Art Aid
Make your own creative prompt cards and achieve something new each day with artist and Koestler Mentee, Sam
October Art Aid
What is the letter you really wish you could write? Express yourself on paper in a letter that will not be sent. Set by former Mentee and writer, Charlotte
September Art Aid
Learn how to make bread flowers with long-time entrant and Koestler Mentee, Neil