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...

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...

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...

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...