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Activity: Make Your Own Nature Paintbrushes
materials laid out for an art making project

Activity: Make Your Own Nature Paintbrushes

Activities & Education

Take a look at this painting from far away then look closely. Notice the use of lines. What color are the lines? Where are they going? Choose a line and imitate it with your body! What if you stood in front of the work so that the painting is all you can see?

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5 Reasons to Take a Crystal Bridges Virtual School Field Trip
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5 Reasons to Take a Crystal Bridges Virtual School Field Trip

Activities & Education

Our team of educators has created a free Virtual School Field Trip to bring the magic of art, history, science, and math back to the classroom. Book your Virtual School Field Trip with Crystal Bridges today.

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Activity: Create an Ocean Cleanup Sensory Bin
waves drawn on cut out colored paper

Activity: Create an Ocean Cleanup Sensory Bin

Activities & Education

This activity is inspired by William Trost Richards’s painting Along the Shore. Learn about the painting, make a homemade sensory bin, discover how to work together to keep oceans clean! Make this project with objects already in your home. 

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Activity: Make a Mixed Media Collage
assembled mixed media collage

Activity: Make a Mixed Media Collage

Activities & Education

This activity is inspired by Miriam Schapiro’s collage A Mayan Garden. Learn more about this artwork and get creative with color, shape, and pattern!

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Activity: Create a Gelatin Printing Plate to Make Patterned Prints
Finished patterned prints made from gelatin printing plate

Activity: Create a Gelatin Printing Plate to Make Patterned Prints

Activities & Education

Learn about Yayoi Kusama, a female artist who uses patterns and shapes in her artwork as seen in Flowers that Bloom Now. Make your own gelatin printing plate and patterned prints!

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Black History Art and Book Pairings
(left) Jacob Lawrence, People in Other Rooms (Harlem Street Scene); (right) Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Vintage Random House

Black History Art and Book Pairings

Activities & Education Art & Collection

The Reader by Emma Amos inspired our Curatorial and Education teams to reflect and pair books with artwork by Black artists at Crystal Bridges.

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Youth Reading Recommendations for Black History Month
Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach

Youth Reading Recommendations for Black History Month

Activities & Education

February is Black History Month, and it’s never too early to start learning! Check out this list of Black history resources and age-appropriate reading recommendations from our Youth and Family educators.

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Activity: Create a Mosaic Painting
hands creating artwork using homemade stamp

Activity: Create a Mosaic Painting

Activities & Education

This activity is inspired by Alma Thomas’s painting Lunar Rendezvous—Circle of Flowers. Learn more about this painting, then create your own colorful mosaic painting.

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Activity: Make A Drape Painting
Drape painting in the style of Sam Gilliam

Activity: Make A Drape Painting

Activities & Education

This activity is inspired by Sam Gilliam’s drape painting Mazda. Learn more about this artwork and make your own 3D drape painting.

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Activity: Make a Snowy Sensory Bin
Hands playing with animal figures in a bin of fake snow

Activity: Make a Snowy Sensory Bin

Activities & Education

Today’s activity is inspired by The Truth About Comets by Dorothea Tanning. Learn more about this artwork here, then try your hand at creating a snowy sensory bin!

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Activity: Make an Abstract Collage Portrait
Materials needed to make a collage portrait

Activity: Make an Abstract Collage Portrait

Activities & Education

Today’s activity is inspired by The Poetry of Joseph E Big Bear by Frank Big Bear. Learn more about this artwork, then try your hand at making a colorful collage portrait with materials found around your home.

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Winter Break Wonders Activity: Music and Art
Music-inspired painting

Winter Break Wonders Activity: Music and Art

Activities & Education

In this project, we’ll look at how music and sound have influenced artwork in the Crystal Bridges’ collection and make our own musically inspired creations.

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Winter Break Wonders Activity: Portrait Making
Four completed handmade portraits

Winter Break Wonders Activity: Portrait Making

Activities & Education

This Winter Break Wonders activity is inspired by the largest intact group of family portraits by Gerardus Duyckinck I. Learn more about this artwork, then make your own portraits!

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Virtual Winter Break Wonders
Virtual Winter Break Wonders

Virtual Winter Break Wonders

Activities & Education

As school winds down for the holidays, we’ve collected activities for your family to make memories over winter break with artmaking activities and museum-inspired fun.

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Winter Break Wonders Activity: Found Object Collage
Found object collage

Winter Break Wonders Activity: Found Object Collage

Activities & Education

This Winter Break Wonders activity is inspired by Al Souza’s artwork, Field & Stream. Learn more about this artwork, then make your own collage with found objects!

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Winter Break Wonders Activity: Suncatchers
Homemade suncatchers

Winter Break Wonders Activity: Suncatchers

Activities & Education

Today’s Winter Break Wonders activity is inspired by Frederick Eversley’s sculpture, Big Red Lens. Learn more about this sculpture, then create your own lens by making a suncatcher!

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Winter Break Wonders Activity: Colorful Snowflakes
Paper snowflakes

Winter Break Wonders Activity: Colorful Snowflakes

Activities & Education

This Winter Break Wonders activity is inspired by Dale Chihuly’s sculpture, Azure Icicle Chandelier. Learn more about this artwork, then design your own colorful snowflakes!

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Play the Crystal Bridges Version of Lotería
Crystal Bridges Loteria cards

Play the Crystal Bridges Version of Lotería

Activities & Education

In a time marked by isolation, board games and puzzles have provided a fun and collaborative outlet for loved ones to spend time with one another, both virtually and in-person.…

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Bringing Art to Youth with My Museum Kit
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Bringing Art to Youth with My Museum Kit

Activities & Education

Earlier this summer, as classes and camps were canceled to stop the spread of coronavirus, Crystal Bridges’ Education and Community Engagement departments sprung into action to develop a project that…

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#CBfromHome Activity: Fairy Homes and Mud Painting
Child in garden with blooming flowers

#CBfromHome Activity: Fairy Homes and Mud Painting

Activities & Education
Summer is coming! And with that comes the opportunity to go outside and enjoy the warm weather and blooming nature. This week's #CBfromHome activities encourage you to discover art within…
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