For most of us, doing our part during this trying time simply means staying in our apartments or houses. But in a tremendous way, people are helping others, from inside their homes, endure inside of their homes. We’ve seen a fitness instructor leading a workout on a rooftop, Yo-Yo Ma performing free #songsofcomfort, and sharing of the positive environmental impacts of a human slowdown. Suddenly, things that have been taken for granted have demonstrated great value––the environment and community. And, of course, a lot of that positivity and community has been spread through ART!
Many people, like actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, are recognizing our current necessity and opportunity for art. His message is fitting for all of us who are looking for an outlet. If you want to use this time of quarantine as an opportunity to make some art, here are a few resources to get started. These projects are designed for at home, so resources are provided, or the projects use materials that you likely already have. They are for art teachers, students, creatives, parents who need to keep their kids busy, and inspiring the masses.
This author and illustrator is providing links on his website for blank comic book pages, “finish this comic!” comics, and drawing prompts.
This rad street artist made an entire coloring book available!
This resource provides daily STEAM projects. If you didn’t know, the A in STEAM stands for Art. They’ve committed to providing resources as long as people are at home. They started with projects like making flipbooks, zoetrope’s, and stop-motion animation.
This Art of Education post by Abby Schukei outlines 27 activities for at home. There are resources for everything from painting with coffee to found-object lessons to sketching and drawing prompts.
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has free “orchid-gami” downloads! Cut out and build one of their orchids, or search YouTube for any origami lesson.
Here is some more inspiration for at-home art!
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