Tin Foil Printing

Ages 2+ Materials: Sheets of tin foil: about 6”x 6” (size can be adjusted!!)TapeMarkers Damp paper towels or ragsWaterPaper Fact: Monoprinting is a type of printmaking where the artist creates a plate that will be printed and create a one of a kind print: no repeats!  Print! Tape your tinfoil down...

Worry Dolls

Ages 3+ Inspired by tiny, handmade Guatemalan worry dolls, we’ll create our own dolls using materials from home. Fun Fact: Worry Dolls, according to legend, help ease worries and fears. A child tells the doll their worries, places the dolls under their pillow, and wakes up with wisdom to conquer...

Funky Wrapped Letters

4+ (young kiddos will need help with cutting) Materials: Marker, Pen, or PencilCardboard : ANY kind! Could be from a delivery or even an empty food box → Note that thinner cardboard will be easier to cut with scissors. BUT thicker cardboard can work! If you have an exacto knife,...

Silky Smooth DIY Play Dough

Materials: 2 cups of corn starch (or flour, but cornstarch is ideal)1 cup lotion: any kind you and your family love!Big bowlMeasuring cups *OPTIONAL* GlitterFood Coloring Mix It Up  Pour cornstarch into your bowlPour lotion and mix, mix, mix it up with your hands (you can use a spoon or...

Plastic Wrap Stained “Glass”

Ages 3+  Fun Fact: Stained glass may go back as far as 2700 BCE! Human-made colored glass beads were discovered amongst Ancient Egyptian artifacts! Tom Fruin, a contemporary stained glass artist, brings a modern twist to stained glass. Watertower, 2012, photo by Robert Banat Materials:  12” x 16” piece of plastic...

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

Ages 2+  Materials: Cornstarch WaterFood ColoringCupcake tray or other small containers Paintbrushes  Make The Paint: In a bowl, mix your cornstarch and water in a 1:1 ratio (having at least 1 cup of this mixture will allow for you to create many colors!) Pour your mixture into a container of your choosing: a...

Abstract Shadow Designs

Ages 3+ What You'll Need: PaperPencilColoring material of your choice: markers or paint!Crayons (optional) to do watercolor techniquesYour best shadow finding eyeballs! Creating Your Design: Let in The Sunshine! Search around your house, your garden, your sidewalkLook for areas where the sun is shining down and casting the shadows of...

Toilet Paper Roll Portraits

In light of everything going on, we were feeling inspired by Junior Fritz Jacquet Fun Fact: Fritz Jacquet uses toilet paper rolls only to create his expressive portraits!!! He then covers them with shellac, a type of resin, to give them their finish!  Work by Junior Fritz Jacquet and photography...

Thaumatrope: An Optical Illusion at Your Fingertips!

Ages 4+ (Littler artists will need help stapling!) Fun Fact: Thaumatrope literally translates to “wonder turner.” These thrilling devices have been around since the mid 1800s.  What You'll Need: Paper: cardstock, construction, or thicker paper works best but regular ol' paper will be fine tooScissors Straws or skewers (or anything sturdy that...

Food Art: Create A Face Inspired by Arcimboldo

Ages 3+ Fun Fact: Arcimboldo’s The Four Seasons (painted in the late 1500s WOW) shows four portraits (in profile). Each portrait is made up of (painted) objects that represent that season! Can you spot all the different objects? Four Seasons, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo Materials: Uncooked pasta: penne, rotini, wheels, elbows...

Nature Fun: Symmetrical Pressed Flower and Leaf Designs

Ages 5+ (Adult needed for help with ironing!) Symmetry is the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.Think butterfly wings! For today’s project, you and your family will collect nature items and use them as shapes to create a symmetrical design. Then...