As cultural events are cancelled worldwide, some enterprising folks are taking to social media to fill the void. Noel Fielding, co-presenter of the Great British Bake Off, has come up with his own idea to keep the country entertained – a Twitter-based art club.
Aimed at everyone (but especially kids, he says), participants are invited to submit their art to his Twitter handle – @noelfielding11 – and so far they've been glorious. If you'd like to up your art skills and submit one yourself, here's our pick of the best how to draw tutorials.
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pic.twitter.com/V6Xyir18TrMarch 15, 2020
Responses flooded in to his original tweet (above), covering a plethora of mediums including sculpture (see the cat sculpture above), painting, and a particularly special salami snowflake (yes, an actual nibbled salami). Fielding shared the artwork – all based on the theme of 'love', then comedian Joe Lycett chose a winner.
Many of the entrants were children, others adults, and many creations were delightfully-random (as may be expected for fans of Fielding).
Below are some of our favourites, starting with the afore-mentioned salami.
@noelfielding11 final submission: a LOVEly freshly nibbled salami snowflake! pic.twitter.com/Ar41hBM7DsMarch 15, 2020
This rainbow-filled offering is just what we need right now.
@noelfielding11 LOVE for my 5 year old daughter is a rainbow and her family underneath it while we are showered with colours ❤️ 🌈 all the way from Qatar (we don’t see many rainbows here ☀️ 🌴 🐪)#artclub #Qatar pic.twitter.com/R0hV2nkUG0March 15, 2020
A portrait of Fielding and Isla's mum.
@noelfielding11 here’s a submission from my daughter (Isla aged 9). Apparently it’s shows me and (for some unknown reason) you. pic.twitter.com/NYsoEMAzpGMarch 15, 2020
And the winning piece was created by a four-year old.
Ok this is the winner chosen by @joelycett x x x x x x x Art Club winner ! x https://t.co/zNnAXPIdExMarch 15, 2020
Check out Fielding's Twitter page (opens in new tab) for more art joy. Want to get involved? The next Art Club is tomorrow 3pm until 5pm.
Art Club Tomorrow at 3 Til 5 ! Captain Art Club below will suggest a theme later on today. When he’s had his breakfast off his own face :) x pic.twitter.com/deNDVve2MEMarch 19, 2020
Online content is increasingly reflecting the situation we find ourselves in right now, such as this Google Doodle, and these coronavirus-themed logos. This online art club is a brilliant example of social media-based collaboration, aiming to entertain and inspire, bringing communities together online. And we really hope to see more of it.