Resources for Families: Looking for creative projects to do at home with your family? Give these creative ideas a try and share your creations with us using the hashtag #YourArtYourWay. We can’t wait to see what you make!


 

Resources for Families, Artists of All Ages, + More!


Looking for creative projects to do at home with your family? Give these creative ideas a try and share your creations with us using the hashtag #YourArtYourWay. We can’t wait to see what you make!

 

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Art Projects for Everyone

 

Finger Puppets

Lights, Camera, Action! This Kid-Friendly Craft is all about the theatrical world of finger puppets! With just a few pipe cleaners, hot glue, and some random buttons or beads, you’ll be ready to take the stage and put on a show-stopping puppet performance. Learn More!

  • Step 1: Gather your materials - pipe cleaners, hot glue or elmers, beads, buttons and googly eyes
  • Step 2: Prepare the “handle” of each finger-puppet by tightly curling a pipe cleaner around a finger. Set the curls aside.
  • Step 3: Create your character using buttons, beads, and other similar materials to create one-of-a-kind creatures! Glue the pieces carefully together - some adult supervision required if using hot glue.
  • Step 4: Glue the characters to the curled pipe cleaners. It’s okay if the back looks a little messy, hot glue strings can be hard to handle sometimes!
  • Step 5: Play with your puppets! Can’t wait to see your puppet show!!! Make sure you share online, tag the Art Center, and use #YourArtYourWay.

 

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Photo Embroidery

Using a photo, water-based marker, embroidery needle and thread, you’ll be able to add a fun twist to your favorite photos in three simple steps!

  • Step 1: Draw the desired designs on your photo with a water-based marker!
  • Step 2: Pre-poke the holes on your photo! Staying over the drawn design, holes can be about 1/2 cm away from each other
  • Step 3: Thread your needle, make a knot that holds the two ends of the thread together and start sewing! Start your first stitch on the back side of the photo, poking towards the front so that the knots remain hidden in the back. Easy as 1-2-3!

 

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DIY Stamps from Recycled Materials

With a little foam board or some Styrofoam cutouts, you too can make your own unique stamps! We used recyclable materials as the base of our stamps. Show us how you play with color, shapes, patterns and repetition with this activity! Learn More!

  • Step 1: Gather your materials. Foam board with sticky back works great or you can can use glue to attach. For the base of your stamps we recommend using recyclable materials like the ones shown below. Toilet paper and paper towel tubes are great for making stamp rollers!
  • Step 2: Cut your foam into different shapes and arrange and attach them onto your stamp base or tube.
  • Step 3: Dip your stamp into a thin layer of paint and press onto your paper. Easy as 1-2-3!

 

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Earth Day Projects

Even though Earth Day is only one day a year doesn't mean we can't celebrate Mother Earth year-round! Check out these kid-friendly and family-friendly earth inspired projects below or click learn more for lots more projects you can easily do at home. Learn More!

 

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DIY Portfolio

Everyone needs something to keep all of their artistic creations safe and organized! Traditionally, we teach young artists to make portfolio pockets with large sheets of paper, tape, and their favorite painting or drawing utensils. Short on materials? Then get creative and think outside the box for your portfolio, which could quite literally be a box that you decorate! Learn More!

 

DIY Portfolio

 

Fireworks Painting

Check out this fun and colorful activity you can enjoy even if it isn't the Fourth of July! Using toilet paper tubes, paint, and paper you can create some spectacular creations! Learn More!

 

Fireworks Painting

 

More Toilet Paper Roll Crafts!

Enjoy this endless supply of toilet paper roll crafts you can make from home. Everything from silly people and monsters to frogs and bats! There are some that you wouldn't even believe started out as a simple empty toilet paper roll. And these crafts aren't just for children...more advanced creators can check out the roses, wall hangings, and sculptures made from these cardboard tubes! Learn More!

 

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

 

No Paint? No Clay? No Problem! Let's Explore Alternative Materials!

 

Painting with Coffee

Save those coffee grounds, add some water and get out a brush. That’s all you’ll need to make awesome paintings with natural “watercolor” tones. Once dry, you can add lines and detail with a pen or marker. Learn More!

 

Fruit and Vegetable Paint

Some of our favorite ingredients to use for this experimental art project are beets, berries and cinnamon, but you can test just about anything. Learn More!

 

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Painting with Tissue Paper

Did you know that some tissue paper bleeds when wet? The best type to use is the non-glossy type, but this is a great way to utilize that tissue paper that’s sitting in storage! Learn More!

 

Painting with Markers

Got some markers on their last leg? Don’t throw them out yet because with a little water your family can use them as watercolor paint! Learn More!

 

Scented No Cook Play Dough

We know that many of our students are missing our awesome clay studio, the pottery wheels, the messiness of fresh slippery clay through your hands! Well not to worry, here are some recipes that can help you get over your temporary separation from clay. So let's take our creativity into the kitchen with a few basic ingredients like flour, oil, and water, to make your very own play dough from scratch. Check out one of our official Art Center kiddos as he whips up a batch of lavender scented play dough by clicking HERE or for the complete online tutorial click Learn More!

 

Here are some more clay recipes to try out too! Let us know how they go and share your results and your projects with #YourArtYourWay.

 

Take your Creativity to the outdoors!

 

ArtsPark Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

The sun is coming out and there is no reason why the art making can’t take place outdoors! If you can visit the Indianapolis Art Center during this time and explore the ArtsPark, we’d love for you to try our sculpture scavenger hunt! Here are the Questions and Answers. Or you can keep the fun contained to your own outdoor spaces with these great backyard scavenger hunts HERE. Good luck!

 

Andy Goldsworthy Sculptures

Goldsworthy creates art using natural materials that are intentionally temporary and left in their environment. Your kids can explore creating shapes and patterns with natural found materials, explore symmetry and even play with the colors found in nature. Tip: Make it a collaborative project for the whole family! Learn More!

 

Printmaking with Natural Objects

Ever noticed all the interesting textures on the surface of a tree leaf? How about those little ridges on rocks? What do you think you could create by dipping on pinecone on a little paint and then pressing it on paper? So many interesting textures to discover!

 

Utilizing Found Objects

 

At the Indianapolis Art Center we’re all about being resourceful, thinking outside the box and reusing found objects whenever possible. If you don’t already have a bin of clean found objects that your family can access for creative projects, we highly encourage you to start one! For more tips, visit the Art of Ed’s article on this topic!

 

Found Object Color Wheel

Surely you’ve seen pictures of families creating color wheels at home using random objects from home. This makes for a great scavenger hunt activity, looking for the colors needed. You can even turn this into a competitive race between siblings or children vs parents to see who creates the fastest color wheel.

 

Drawing Activities

 

Drawing is a strong foundation for all art forms and it’s a skill that we always encourage our students to do and learn to enjoy from early on.

 

Geometric Shape Activity Sheets

Whether you use this as a game or as drawing practice, all ages can have fun trying their hand at how creative they can be with simple geometric shapes. To utilize as a game, set a timer and see how many different creations you can come up with the time limit. Compare with each other and discuss how each different idea is affected by it's geometric boundaries! Download your shape templates here: Circles, Squares, and Triangles!

 

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Surrealist Drawing Game

This Surrealist Drawing Game, otherwise known as Exquisite Corpse, is a fun collaborative drawing game with unexpected results! All you need is a piece of paper and something to draw with. Check out this step-by-step video showing how to play the game and make your own! Click here!

 

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Zines!

Zines are a perfect way to encourage drawing and writing. If you have a copier at home you can even make multiple copies of a zine and distribute them with family and neighbors - you could make a quarantine zine! Learn More!

 

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Drawing Prompts

 

Staff Picks: Favorite Art Websites!

 

Tate Modern

COLTON PEDRO: DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION + OUTREACH

As one of the most significant galleries of modern art to date, Colton recommends Tate Modern for their endless supply of creative inspiration and art history.

 

Sidepiece Magazine

WHITNEY ALDERSON: CREATIVE + COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

As social enterprise dedicated to empowering womxn through storytelling and visual arts, Whitney recommends Sidepiece Magazine for their curated collection of fiercely female content.

 

The Art of Education

ALYSON WALBRIDGE: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Providing podcasts, creative articles, instructables, and so much more, Alyson recommends The Art of Education. While ultimately a university built by art teachers, The Art of Education also offers plenty of online content that speaks to both art educators and at-home artists alike.

 

Social Distance Gallery

JO BANISTER: EXHIBITION PROGRAMS MANAGER

Offering an outlet for MFA and BFA students to exhibit their work despite the waves of cancellations, Jo recommends the good folks over at Social Distance Gallery. “Not only is this a great resource for students looking to get their work out there, but it’s also a great chance to see new work and voices coming out of art school.”

 

Vihart

MAX BROWNING: CORPORATE + FOUNDATION RELATIONS MANAGER

This staff-selected Art Resource comes from our Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager Max! Highlighting the often overlooked intersection between art and math, Max recommends the ViHart Youtube channel. “I’m a pretty mathy person, so ViHart’s Doodling in Math Class series provides a fun mix of equations and doodling exercises based on the principles of mathematics.”

 

Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration

SAM KNEPPRATH: SOCIAL MEDIA + CONTENT MANAGER

This YouTube channel by Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration gives an in-depth and almost poetic insider glimpse into the artistry of art restoration. “I love getting the behind-the-scenes look into an area of art that doesn’t get as much glamour and praise as it should. Julian’s channel proves that there’s just as much artistry in the preservation and restoration of the work as there is in the artwork itself.”

 

Other resources we love!

 

INSTAGRAM PAGES TO CHECK OUT + FOLLOW

  • @cintaandco a fun blog from an Australian mom with a ton of doable hands-on activities.
  • @acraftyliving beautiful and educational activity ideas for toddlers
  • @evokulu posts a ton of awesome ideas for utilizing recyclable materials
  • @lisabardot for easy to follow digital drawing tutorials using Procreate
  • @hatchartstudio posts neat nature-inspired art activities
  • @friendsartlab is based out of Rocklin, California and they take the experimenting seriously!

 

ONLINE ZOO CAMS!

 

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS + EXHIBITS