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27th March 2020

Coronavirus: Myleene Klass joins army of artists battling self-isolation boredom

BY: Sky News

Myleene Klass has told Sky News we all need to be looking after our mental health as well as we're physically distancing to look after our bodies.

The singer and musician believes the best way to cope during the COVID-19 crisis "is just getting on with it and not over thinking it".

The mum of three is doing gigs for her followers online as well running "Myleene's Music Klass" on Mondays and Fridays for kids, and playing lullabies on Wednesdays for babies.

Klass, who is a classically trained musician, taught her first lesson in the kitchen with the help of her two daughters.

She told Sky News she has been amazed by the reception. "What's been so wonderful is that I've seen mums and dads and teachers sending footage of kids clapping along to my lessons and just getting involved - for me as a mum and a teacher I want lessons to be fun otherwise its endurance and there's enough endurance going on at the moment."

There are myriad classes and workshops being offered free online to encourage kids to get creative.

The dance company Sadlers Wells are offering ballet lessons for the young and old utilising the talents of their dancers and choreographers.

Its director Alistair Spalding told Sky News everyone at the company is devastated to be closed but they are making the best of the situation, streaming performances and running classes.

The new dance content will be housed on Digital Stage, its free online performance platform with the first work Deluxe, a piece by BalletBoyz.

He also said that they hoped they'd gain a new audience online, both young and old and the result might be "a whole new generation of dancers".

The Saatchi Gallery is launching a social media initiative calling on anyone - students, social influencers, collaborators, and art lovers - to share art works with the hashtag SaatchiTakeover, that are inspired by a weekly theme and made during their stay at home.

Their favourite works will be announced every Saturday and featured on their social platforms.

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Philippa Adams, director and head curator at Saatchi Gallery, says "art is an important avenue for expression and it is now a more crucial time than ever to stay connected and inspired through other means".

Artists are also encouraging children to draw with them live. Wendy Macnaughton is a best-selling illustrator for the New York Times and is hosting live online drawing classes every day.

She says she started it to help parents who are trying to juggle working from home with home schooling to give them half an hour's break and to get the kids to be creative.

Leicestershire artist Jonjo Elliott is also bringing his art classes online over the next few weeks, for both adults and kids, through his studio, StudionAme, on YouTube and social media.

Featuring his children and using materials people "will hopefully have at home", he promises "each video will be instructional, fun and educational, but not too serious!"

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