Enjoy these family-friendly art-making activities at home. New activities will be added every third Saturday of the month.
Many of the artworks in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem tell a personal story of Americans of African descent. Artwork can tell a story through images and patterns. Get inspiration either online or in the Museum from artworks that use pattern and pictures. Then, at home, create your own artwork using magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes and other art supplies to create a collage.
Look at portraits from Black Refractions and consider the ways in which the artists approached and painted their subjects out of love, and with love, and then use this as inspiration for our own art-making.
November is Native American Heritage Month! Practice the art of rug weaving using yarn and a DIY cardboard loom with our set of guided instructions.
European artists have painted a variety of plants and flowers that reflect the floral obsessions that come and go. Today we will see depictions of these fads from the past, including British “fern fever” and Dutch “tulipmania,” in art at the UMFA. You can make our own paper book to record rubbings of plants and flowers you want to learn more about.
Make a landscape collage inspired by Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alma Thomas on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Learn about Japanese screens seen in Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan and then make your own mini version.
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