My children are doing a 'cookery day' with DD2's splendid childminder. I have been out for an uncharacteristic weekday lunch (admittedly after finishing a rather stressful editing stint) and am supposedly researching an article while beaming through the effects of an uncharacteristic weekday glass of wine.
Can I suggest that if she's there, well, you don't need to be...and you sneak out for a civilised piece of cake in a caff, preferably a posh one not infested with children to remind you of sadder times?
I reckon Arty Stuff counts as practical research. Fieldwork, yet. So you can take the application with you. In your bag. Along with a frivolous magazine. You could take the box too, as a practical manifestation of under-eights' artwork which is a demonstration of the creative continuum which your application seeks to support and extend in a range of media.
This seems like a good thread to hijack to say that nearly all of Monday was spent eliciting (coercing?) home-made collagery 80th birthday cards (for my dad, tomorrow) out of dd and ds and that was way harder (and I am prouder of) than anything I get done at work.