ART/At Home Activities


Imaginary Transportation

Think about futuristic modes of transportation. How will vehicles move people around? Will they hover, fly, roll, or skip?

Use your shoe as a design for an imaginary mode of transportation. Design a shoe shape to use as an imaginary or futuristic vehicle. Cut out the shape and glue onto black construction paper; you can roll paper to make the shoe vehicle stand out from the background.

Write a story about how your vehicle works.

Send your photos of your vehicle and story. Adapted from School Arts



See examples from Metropolitan Museum of Art!/search?artist=Seurat,%20Georges$Georges%20Seurat



Pointillism is a painting technique developed by the artist George Seurat. It
involves using small, painted dots to create areas of color that together
form a pattern or picture.

How to: Draw a design on white construction paper. Start with simple
forms and avoid excessive details in your drawing; you can add in details
with your painting.
Dip the end of a pencil into paint and use it to make dots on the surface of
your paper. Enhance your design by using a lighter or darker value of one
of your colors.
Explore this technique by experimenting with:
• Spacing the dots closer together and further apart, and noticing the impact
this has on the color.
• Stamping in organized rows of dots versus a more random arrangement of
• Using blocks of one color versus creating multicolored blocks of color.
Clean the pencil end by wiping it with the damp cloth between colors.
Attempt to cover the entire surface of the paper, to make it bright and
If you enjoy this activity, you might like to take it further by:
• Experimenting with mixing two primary colors (red, blue, yellow) by
stamping with one color and then adding dots of a second color to fill in
the white spaces. For example, stamp first with blue and then with yellow
to create some green. Dots may overlap.
• Try making tiny pointillism inspired paintings with Q-tips and acrylic paint
onto small pieces of paper or card stock.
• Go large by creating a pointillism art piece on a large sheet of paper using
dot stamp markers to make your marks.




Different kinds of lines

Look at illustrated books – what kinds of lines were used in the illustrations? Straight, curvy, wavy, dotted, curly, zig zag


Using a black crayon, Make four or more different kinds of lines on your paper.  Start on one side of the paper and draw your line to the other side.  Leave some space between the lines.  Now paint in the spaces between the lines.  Use primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and also mix these colors to make secondary colors: red + blue = purple; red + yellow = orange; yellow + blue = green.

The lines and spaces should work together to make an allover design.

Experiment with different kinds of lines and different colors.  Have fun!


ART ACTIVITY MAY 18th Adapted from SchoolArts

Explore nonobjective art. Think about shape, color, and line.
Look up Frank Stella –

Additional activities can be found at:

After looking at Frank Stella’s work, think about organic and geometric
You will need paper, paint, blue painter’s tape. You may want to use a
protractor to create curved lines. Use blue painter’s tape and mark off
some sections on your paper; paint part of your design. The paint will not cover the paper underneath the tape. Peal off tape and reposition the tape to mark off another section. Do this a number of times to create different
lines and shapes. See what you can create.

Art Activity May 11th

Gecko Design – adapted from School Arts

Print and trace gecko template  – found at:


You will need at least 2 copies.  Design both geckos differently using different art media.  Try using crayon and then painting over crayon with watercolor paint.  Try collage, chalk, yarn, or colored pencil. Maybe paint with watercolor paint and sprinkle salt on top of wet paint.  Mount your geckos on construction paper.

Send photos of your gecko designs.


Arcimboldo Self-Portrait

(adapted from school arts)

Look at the art work by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Look at his unusual style and his choice of subject matter.

Look in a mirror and practice drawing your facial features – eyes, ears, nose, mouth.

Choose a subject matter with which to fill your portrait design and a theme – based on your own interests.

Draw in pencil and then fill in with color (markers, crayons, torn paper).

Extra: Write (or dictate) a reflection on what you believe your portrait communicates about you. Write about your process and challenges.

Art Activity April 27th

Geometric Compositions
Art is filled with mathematical shapes. Artist Wassily Kandinsky used a wide variety
of geometric and organic shapes in his abstract art work. This allows for many
interpretations of each piece of art.
Look at Kandinsky’s art work – Upward, Balancement, and Solid Green. Note the
geometric shapes. Are there similarities and differences? Which is your favorite?
Why? Write a story to go with the art work. Then produce our own Kandinskyinspired art.
Go on a shape hunt around your house. Trace some shapes of various sizes on
construction paper and also make your own organic shapes. Cut out all the shapes.
(You can also use pre-cut shapes). Use stick glue to glue down the shapes to another
piece of construction paper.

For younger students – Read: I Spy Shapes in Art – Joaquin Torres-Garcia

http://Watch a short video about Kandinsky:



Try this!
This coloring game allows the student to receive a set of instructions and execute
them according to their own interpretations. It is inspired by the ideas of
postmodern artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), one of the key pioneers of conceptual art
who noted that: “Each person draws a line differently and each person understands
words differently.”
Instructions for making artwork on a Graph Paper:
1) Color one section gold.
2) Color one section blue.
3) Color one section orange.
4) Make a black and white checkerboard in one section.
5) Make a striped section.
6) Make a pink section.
7) Make a green section.
8) Make zebra stripes in one section.
9) Color a section with a dark color.
10) Color a section with a light color.
11) Color a section that looks like a slice of pizza.
12) Make a section that is purple and light green striped.
13) Make a section that is red and yellow striped.
14) Outline a section with black.
15) Outline a section with red.
16) Outline a section with green.
17) Make another checkerboard section.
18) Make another zebra striped section.
Take a photo of your artwork and send it to us!
When he was working for architect I.M. Pei, LeWitt noted that an architect doesn’t
build his own design, yet he is still considered an artist. A composer requires
musicians to make his creation a reality. He deduced that art happens before it
becomes something viewable, when it is conceived in the mind of the artist.
Over the course of his career, LeWitt produced approximately 1,350 designs known
as “Wall Drawings” to be completed at specific sites. The unusual thing is that he
rarely painted one himself. He provided the concept, usually in the form of written
instructions for a geometric piece that included a balance of mathematics,
architecture, and design; then he collaborated with other artists and non-artists to
actually produce the work. He purposefully left elements of the instructions open
to interpretation by the creators and no two are exactly the same. This collaborative
method of producing art was controversial, but not entirely new. Since the days of
Leonardo DaVinci, there have been studios and schools with a master designer and a
team of apprentices to do the actual production work.
View work at:

Art Activity for all students – adapted from School Arts #2


Students need to create order in their lives, especially today with so many issues creating worry, distress, and anxiety.  Making art can help students process and cope with the issues surrounding us today.


Paper for tearing, glue or a glue stick, a small box

Art Directive for Students:

Play music for four minutes while tearing paper into bits.

Afterwards use the torn bits of paper, with glue or a gluestick, to cover an empty box in any way you choose – collage; then clean up your work space.

Ask student to reflect on what they did:  What was it like to tear paper?  What did it sound like?  What did it feel like to deconstruct (tear) the paper?  How did it feel to create something new from the torn bits of paper?  What is the title of your collage?

Students get to make a mess, create something out of the chaos, and then clean up – creating order from turmoil.

Send us photo of your collage.


Art Activity for all students – adapted from School Arts #1

Art making is designed to create purposeful experiences; the creative process helps artists with their imagination and self-esteem. The process of creating art should happen without judgment.
In today’s stressful environment, when students are out of the school building, students need ways to help them stay calm. Focusing on one’s breath is one way to practice mindfulness. Deep breathing can have a positive impact on how people feel and decrease feelings of stress.
Have students draw their breath – focusing on inhaling and exhaling.
Students can use pencil or black crayon on white paper. When ready, the student should close her eyes and sit silently in order to become aware of her breath. When ready, the student should begin to draw her breath (with closed eyes) paying attention to how the breath feels and translating this onto paper – thick lines, thin lines, short strokes, swirls, etc.
Try this exercise for 3 minutes.