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Families and children of all ages are invited to join us for free, art-related activities at the museum.

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Things to do with the whole family

During our temporary hiatus, the ASU Art Museum is finding innovative and exciting ways to virtually connect with our audience and bring the museum experience to our community.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the full virtual experience and to learn about the inspiration behind each activity.

Traditional Stories of Light: A Coloring Book

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we are happy to announce the launch of our new coloring book, Traditional Stories of Light, designed by Vanessa Moreno (Purépecha, Tepehuán) and illustrated by artists Eunique Yazzie (Diné) and Dustin Lopez (Diné, Yaqui, Laguna Pueblo). The coloring book represents traditional stories involving light from the Native American peoples of the Southwest. Stop by the museum beginning tomorrow to get your free coloring book or download the digital version below.

PDF icon Traditional Stories of Light digital coloring book.

Saturday Storytime

Join us every other Saturday at 1 p.m. on our Instagram or Facebook to hear one of our Museum Ambassadors read a story.

Listen to past stories on our YouTube channel here!

Art at home!

Below are educational, art-making activities that can be done at home, with supplies that you already have. Share your finished products with us on social media by tagging @asuartmuseum!

Sun Print Plats

Inspired by the Michael Sherrill Retrospective, learn to make your own plant inspired art based on your environment with sun print paper!

PDF icon Download the Sun Print Plants instructions here. 

Elements of Art Series

Watch our video on the seven elements of art with our Museum Ambassador, Alex Phillips, and stay tuned for more activities on each element!

Origami Hearts

While there are plenty of complex figures one can make with paper, there are simple ones, too. Here is an easy tutorial on how to make origami hearts!

PDF icon Download the Origami Hearts instructions here. 

Origami Pencil Holder

This activity shows you how to make a six-post pencil holder. It’s a great way to pass the time, and an excellent tool for organizing not only pencils or pens, but paintbrushes too!

PDF icon Download the Origami Pencil Holder instructions here.

Coil Pots

Artist Toshiko Takaezu used a range of ceramic techniques, one of which is called coiling. Coiling is a method where clay is rolled out in thin rods and stacked on top of one another to build a ceramic form. This activity provides steps to make a bowl with the coiling method, and is inspired by Takaezu’s work that will be featured in our upcoming exhibition, “Look to Nature.”

PDF icon Download the coil pot instructions here.

Claymation

Create colorful stop motion animations inspired by art history, cartoons and their original characters. Bring your own characters to life with this simple claymation tutorial! 

PDF icon Download the claymation instructions here. 

Coloring Book

We have put together a coloring book featuring some of the best things about the ASU Art Museum, including our building, the local scenery and artwork. We will be sharing the full coloring book over the course of a few weeks, and we will include instructions on how to create a book out of your finished pages at the end. Be sure to print double-sided if you want to create the book at the end!

PDF icon Click here to download the instructions on how to create a coloring book out of the pages below.

PDF icon Download the last set of coloring pages here. 

PDF icon Download the second set of coloring pages here.

PDF icon Download the first set of coloring pages here.

Ekphrastic Poetry

One of the features of our Artists’ Workshop is the poetry wall, where you can choose words to form your own literary masterpieces. Ekphrastic (ek-frass-tic) poetry is any sort of poem that responds to another piece of artwork and has a long tradition in literature.

PDF icon Learn how to create your own poem here.

Make a Trading Card

Inspired by Tania Candiani’s upcoming exhibition “For the Animals.” Learn more about the Sonoran Desert animals that inspired Candiani using the trading cards we have created and then make your own trading cards inspired by your pets or favorite animal!

PDF icon Download the instructions here.

Mandalas

Artist Bruce Conner creates highly detailed mandala-like designs with geometric shapes and lines. Create your own Bruce Conner inspired line art with only a black pen and paper! 

PDF icon Download the instructions here.

Stamping with Erasers

Personalize your paper with your own eraser stamp! These are perfect for adding decorative borders to thank you cards or stamping your letters with a little doodle.

Download the instructions here.

PDF icon Instrucciones en español.

Plein-air Drawing

En plein-air, French for “outdoors” or “in the open air,” is the act of drawing or painting outside. We encourage you to use this tutorial as a way to slow down, observe your surroundings and spend some time outdoors.

Download the instructions here.

PDF icon Instrucciones en español.

Edward Hopper Coloring Sheet

Inspired by our Masterpieces at Midday conversation about Edward Hopper?

Download the color sheet here!

Stamping with Nature

Find a leaf that you love and become a printmaker with us!

Download the stamping how to here.

PDF icon Instrucciones en español.

Guided Nature Meditation Walk

Get out and experience nature with this meditative walk.

Download instructions here.

PDF icon Instrucciones en español.

Make your own playdough!

Need something to keep your hands busy? This playdough recipe requires three ingredients you most likely already have: flour, salt and water.

Download playdough instructions here.

Still-life at Home

Still-life drawing and painting has been around for centuries. The term refers simply to an arrangement of inanimate objects, such as flowers, books, vases or fruit. Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse were both known for their still-life paintings. Now you can join the ranks of great artists like them by making your own!

Download the still-life tutorial here.

PDF icon Instrucciones en español.

Time Capsule

Learn how to make your own time capsule inspired by “Total Collapse,” download the instructions below and get started!

Download time capsule instructions here.

Michael Sherrill Nature Activity

Michael Sherrill finds inspiration from the natural world around him. This fun activity will help you connect with nature in your own neighborhood!

Download the activity booklet here.

Paper Cactus

Inspired by artist Cruz Ortiz and the murals he created for our Artists' Workshop, learn more in this fun video.

Paper Cactus instructions and template.

Upcoming Events

November 7, 2020

Online via Zoom

Have Questions?

Kat Medill
Audience Experience Coordinator
Kathryn.Medill@asu.edu
480-965-6332

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