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Celebrate Spring With These 5 How-To Art Projects

Although CMA’s doors are closed to the public temporarily, you can still participate in family-friendly art-making by following along with our How-To Videos! Below, CMA shares 5 family-friendly art projects to do at home. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

1. Circle Dioramas

Have you seen the American Museum of Natural History’s life-sized dioramas? Although these large-scale representations are a classic New York City museum highlight, dioramas were originally miniature creations depicting popular scenes and themes. Dioramas are also a great way to make your own miniature #MuseumAtHome. Check out our How-To Video to learn how to make your own!

2. Geometric Weavings

Art provides inspiration and comfort during difficult times, and also reminds us of the importance of craft. CMA’s How-To projects make it as easy for families to learn the basic skills that artists use to create beautiful and functional objects. Check out our How-To Video on Geometric Weaving to create a simple, beautiful project that can jumpstart your sewing skills!

3. Upcycled Kites

Can you venture outside to a park or other open space in your neighborhood? Bring along your own upcycled kite to celebrate the warmer weather!

4. Tie-Dye Flowers

Make a tie-dye flower for a special person in your life, such a friend, teacher, sibling, or grandparent. Even the smallest gestures can make someone’s day exceptionally bright!

5. Story Book

We all have stories to tell. Start by drawing a portrait of someone you see everyday, then begin to craft their story. How have they been spending their quarantine days? Share your story book with us using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.


While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

Will you be there for us? Every dollar you donate directly supports the Museum and ensures that CMA will remain a pillar of educational and artistic leadership in New York City. Click here to donate.

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