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...

Art at Home: Build a Buddy -Robots using Recycled Items!

Ages 3+ Artist: Mike Rivamonte, “Roosevelt” Rivamonte uses antiques and “rare objects” to create many of his amazing sculptures. "Roosevelt," by Rivamonte What you'll need: Recyclables: cans, boxes, jugs, anything you've got!Cardboard boxes (small or large)Paper towel tubesToilet Paper tubesTape (lots of pieces!!): masking tape is ideal but duct tape...

Art at Home: Toothpick Geodomes

Ages 4+ (A great team activity that can be fun for all ages!) What you'll need: Toothpicks (tons!)Marshmallows or any gumdrop type of candy Create Your 3D Geodome:  Which 3D shape will you create? A classic geodome or maybe a cube? A pyramid?Start by arranging your base shape so that...

Art at Home: Bubble Printing

Ages 2+ What you'll need: Dish SoapStrawsColor-adding medium: food coloring (careful of stains) or watercolor is bestMultiple pieces of paper Small/medium sized bowl or tupperware containerSpoon/other mixing tool  Create Your Colorful Soap Mix: Pour water into your bowl: about ½ cup Squeeze in dime size amount of dish soap Add color medium: about...

Art at Home: Calder-Inspired Found Material Mobiles!

Ages 4+ (toddlers may have trouble with the cutting parts) Alexander Calder was a sculptor who has very strong roots in Philadelphia! If you’ve ever been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art you may have seen one of his large mobiles hanging there. What you'll need: A hangerPipe cleaners (if...

Art at Home: Play with Paper- Quilling Fun!

Ages 4+ What you'll need: Paper: any kind, any color -- as long as it’s easy to cut! ScissorsRulerPen/PencilGlue or tapeAny kind of container: cardboard box, tupperware, etc Create Paper Strips: Use a ruler and pencil to draw straight lines about 1”-2” apart across your whole paperCut paper along lines to...

Art at Home: Giacometti-Inspired Foil Sculptures

Ages 5+ (toddlers can try the foil sculpting - working those hand muscles to twist, pinch & build!) Let out your inner artist with materials you can find right in your home! What you'll need: tin foil pieces (about 8" x 12")paperdrawing tools - pencils, pens, markers, crayons How to...

Art Project at Home: Coffee or Tea Dyed Paper Collage!

Let out your inner artist with materials you can find right in your home! What you'll need: strong coffee or teapaper towels, qtips, cotton ballspaperdrawing tools - pencils, pens, markers, crayonsscissorsglue or tapeold magazines or flyers, optional For Dyed Background Paper:1. Prepare an overly strong pot of coffee (nice and...

Is My Child A Good Artist?

As art educators, we often get asked by parents and caregivers to comment on the artistic capability of their child. Time and time again, we hear questions like, ‘how are my child’s drawings compared to the other kids’? ‘Why won’t my child draw more realistically?’ ‘Is my child a good...