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Keep Them Coming! 6 More How-To Art Projects for Families

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 6 family-friendly art projects to do at home. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

1. Spiritual Messengers

We could all use a spiritual messenger during these challenging times. In this How-To Video, learn how to make one small enough to give to an essential worker you know, so they can carry it with them while they work to keep us safe.

2. Seasonal Trees

We may be spending much more time inside right now, but spring is here and trees are starting to bloom. If you’d like to have more nature-inspired art in your home, check out our video on how to make seasonal trees with just a few simple materials.

3. Mini Clothesline

We are all adjusting to a more domestic and slower-paced life at the moment. Modern technologies make it all too easy to forget that almost everything was a slower process just a few decades ago, including drying clothes! As an homage previous generations, you can make your own mini clothesline at home by following the steps in our How-To Video.

4. Floating Houses

Wouldn’t it be great if we could stay safely quarantined in our homes while also exploring the world? Well we can dream, and create, in the meantime! Make your own floating house by following the steps in this video and dream about the places you would visit if you could live in it.

5. Monochromatic Treasure Box

One day in the future, children will be studying Coronavirus and wondering how families passed their time. Why not make a monochromatic treasure box as a kind of artistic time capsule? Add a few of your favorite objects that encapsulate how you are passing your quarantined days.

6. Fold-Out Neighborhood Guide

If you are feeling nostalgic about daily walks to school and other places in your community, why not create a fold-out neighborhood guide of your own until you can visit the places you love again? And if your home is starting to feel like a mini neighborhood on its own, why not make a fold-out home guide that spotlights the nooks and crannies in your space? Come up with an entire visual vernacular of your own!


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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