Community & Learning Articles

If you love to paint, then learn to love cleaning up. Cleaning up your own mess means your family may let you paint more often in the future. Follow the tips below on setting up—and cleaning up—your painting area. A fun...
Students explore their personal identity through drawing and writing. Through this activity, they create an identity book that looks at their past, present, and future selves. This identity exploration adds a contemporary...
Let’s look for still lifes as they exist in our homes. We don’t have to arrange something fancy; just construct a simple viewfinder, or frame, to help see small compositions isolated from their surrounding visual clutter. We...
Watch Signs of Spring!Inspired by the stained glass Iris, Lily and Cattail Window, you are invited to create a simple composition to hang in your window, with a focus on color, shapes, and lines found in nature....
Watch Fruit Still Life SculptureStudy a still life and imagine you’ve been asked to add a piece of fruit to the composition! Using simple materials from home and a few different techniques, create a bigger-than life fruit...
This art project explores the exclusion of ongoing “urban” narratives in history and our roles in reflecting our community experiences in 2021. In this work, we will learn how to make a viewfinder—a lens through which a...
Explore the materials in your surroundings through the sounds they make. Give each sound a color. Transcribe, or mark down, the order of your sounds on to music paper. Play back the pattern or rhythm that you made. Record...
Learn to print at home with artist Manuel “Fases” Ruelas, whose work Resistiendo was included in The de Young Open.Watch How to Create PrintsCollection ConnectionThis project was inspired by José Guadalupe...
Today, we will take a deep look at ourselves and create an abstract self-portrait made up of many pieces. A self-portrait is defined as a drawing, painting, or picture of yourself, usually your face. We are going to collect...
Explore forms the way artists do, by twisting a flat piece of paper into unexpected shapes.Watch Paper is so NOT Boring

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