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Keeping Young Artists Active at Home: Education Resources from Around the Globe
Keeping Young Artists Active at Home: Education Resources from Around the Globe

Keeping Young Artists Active at Home: Education Resources from Around the Globe

At Tacoma Art Museum, we believe that all students are artists, with the power to make meaning by viewing and creating works of art. Through creative expression, artists express the realities & possibilities of communities, society, & the world.

Create with Artists
Explore Art Online
Art Activities for Home
Mindfulness with Young People
Take Your Art Outside!

Create with Artists

We love picture books at TAM! When we’re open, we have a wonderful children’s book library in TAM Studio for families to curl up on the couch together, our monthly Second Saturday Studio & Storytime program connects stories with art-making, and we even like to tuck special books in the galleries for families to enjoy while they’re looking at art together. 

During this time apart, some of our favorite children’s book authors and illustrators are inviting young artists to create alongside them. Check them out here: 

Making Space with Christian Robinson

Draw Every Day with JJK

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Lunch Doodles with Mo WIllems  

Read and Draw with Peter H. Reynolds

Pete the Cat Club

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Explore Art Online

Is the artist in your life needing a bit of inspiration? Check out some of our favorite online resources to keep the creativity flowing with your young artists at home.

  • Google Arts & Culture: Take a virtual tour of museums around the world
  • Met Kids: Activities made by, for, and with kids from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • NGA Kids: Art games for kids by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Tate Kids: Art games for kids by the Tate, London
  • ArtGames 2.0: Art games for iPad by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Join children’s book illustrator Mo Willems for daily doodle sessions from his studio
  • Author Read-Alouds: Active list of children’s book authors who are offering online read-aloud of their books

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Art Activities for Home

When developing art activities at TAM, we like to focus on creating open-ended invitations for young artists to create. This means the process of exploring materials and making creative choices is more important than what the final product looks like. It means letting go of a bit of control and being open to the joyful discoveries that come with art-making!

Check out some of our favorite art activity sites: 

Happy creating! Be sure to share your art with us at #InspiredByTAM. We’d love to see what you’re up to!

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Mindfulness with Young People

One of my favorite parts about visiting an art museum is strolling through the galleries to find a work of art I want to spend a quiet moment with. I plop down on a bench (or even the floor), and spend a few moments, just to myself, quietly looking. I listen to the sounds in the gallery. I let my shoulders drop. My breathing slows. I find a sense of calm. 

During these extra stressful times and with museums and galleries temporarily closed, it’s been even harder to find these moments of peace. That’s especially true for young people who have had their routines interrupted and may be having a hard time transitioning between the different parts of the day: play time, school time, family time. Mindfulness exercises can be helpful for easing those transitions or for when little kids are feeling big emotions. Here are some of my favorite resources for exploring mindfulness with young people:

Mindfulness for Children by New York Times

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids by Yoga Wild

Guided Meditation for Children by Annaka Harris

Meditation for Kids by Headspace

Sitting Still Like a Frog 

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Take Your Art Ouside!

From inspirational nature walks to giant sculpture construction, spend some time creating art in the great outdoors with these activities from some of our favorite art museum friends:

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