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This Week’s Daily Art Challenge is Inspired by Color

These simple and fun art prompts are a great way to use household materials for creative art-making! This week, we are inspired by the colors in the world around us, both inside and outside. From thanking our essential workers to celebrating spring, find a fun project to create with your family or your class! Don’t forget to show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

Day 1: Red


  • Pen
  • Red Marker

Rolling out the red carpet makes someone feel special or important. Using a pen or pencil and your favorite color, can you design a special walkway for an essential worker? Add in color and share your creation with someone who is working hard for us!

Day 2: Yellow


  • Yellow crayon or oil pastel
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Sharp tool (be careful!)

Can you show celebration with color? What do you see when you look out your window? Do you see apartment buildings with the lights turned on? Can you hear your neighbors clapping to cheer on essential workers? Use yellow crayon to create a base and top with black acrylic. Scratch out the windows to add texture

Day 3: Blue


  • Blue watercolor or acrylic paint
  • Pen
  • Sharpie
  • Marker
  • Crayon

Springtime can bring showers and rainy weather. What would it be like to walk around your neighborhood in the rain? Grab a pencil, marker, pen, crayon, or paint in a color that reminds you of the rain and make your own rainy day artwork!

Day 4: Green


  • Green crayon or oil pastel
  • Scissors
  • Textured household item
  • White paper
  • Glue

Many of us are spending a lot of time inside, and we miss being outside! Let’s try bringing the outside inside! Can you find an object in your home that reminds you of being outside? Take a piece of white paper and put it on top of your object. Use a green crayon and make a rubbing by moving your crayon over the paper that covers your item. Next, cut out your rubbing, make another one, and create your own special “outside” place to share with friends and family!

Day 5: Rainbow


  • Colored items from the recycle bin
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper

Can you find all the colors of the rainbow in your home? See if you can find paper or other materials in multiple colors and cut them up into fun strips and shapes! Use use glue to assemble the strips to make your own art piece inspired by rainbows. Show a family member your completed artwork and let them know which colors you like, and why!

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. 

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