Art Projects

Projects inspired by artists and works in the collection. 

Jackson Pollock-Inspired Action Painting

Create your own Jackson Pollock-Inspired Action Painting!  We suggest trying this project outside. Click below for instructions and materials.

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Joan Miró-Inspired Yarn Activity 

Using yarn, recreate the shapes found in artworks by Joan Miró. Click below for materials and instructions. 

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Henri Matisse-Inspired Cut-out

Matisse created a new form of art that would come to be known as the “decoupage” or “cut-out.” Matisse used scissors as a new medium and cut colored pieces of paper into different shapes. Create your own Matisse cut-out collage! Click below for instructions.

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Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877), Still Life, 1871-1872

Still Life Activity

Feeling inspired by Courbet’s still life? Find objects in your home that you can use for a still life. Click below for materials and instructions. 

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Alexander Calder (American (1898-1976), Grasshopper, circa 1948

Balance Animals

Create an animal sculpture inspired by Alexandar Calder's moving sculpture, Grasshopper

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Artwork by Jill Lavetsky

Art From Everyday Materials

Rip, cut, and collage materials you find in your home for this activity inspired by the special exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Five Decades from the Whitney’s Collection. 

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Artwork by Nicole Henao

Assemblage / Inspired by Louise Nevelson’s Sky Wall

Use materials around your home to create an assemblage inspired by Louise Nevelson who often constructed her puzzle-like wall sculptures or standing pieces out of multiple cut pieces of wood.

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Coloring Sheets

Coloring sheet for Tom Otterness, Foot, 1988

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Coloring sheet for Keith Haring, Julia, 1987

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Coloring sheet for Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, 1999

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Coloring sheet for "Shonzui"- Style Gourd - Shaped Sake Flask (Tokkuri), circa 1621-1644

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Coloring sheet for Mickalene Thomas, Naomi Looking Forward #2, 2016

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Coloring sheet for Stuart Davis, New York Mural, 1932

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Coloring sheet for Pendant (Pei) in the Form of a Dragon, circa 475-400 BCE Eastern Zhou Dynasty, early Warring States Period

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Coloring sheet for Roof-Ridge Fascia Panels with Molded and Applied Decoration of Dragons among Peonies, circa 1550s

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Coloring sheet for Ranchos Church No. 1, 1929, Georgia O’Keeffe

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Coloring sheet for Georgia O’Keeffe, Red Flower, 1919

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