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Tune Into CMA’s Lesson of the Week!

CMA’s Video Art Lessons bring arts education directly into your home, on your own time! Grounded in CMA’s Look Make Share pedagogy, these lessons encourage creativity and social connection. Projects are suitable for all ages and requires basic household art materials. Don’t forget to show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

Curvy Lines and Shapes Inspired by Tarsila do Amaral

Inspired by the work of Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral, join in as we explore curvy lines and rounded shapes in this art lesson! Follow along as CMA Teaching Artist Bridget LOOKS at her favorite piece of art, MAKES an artwork of her own, and SHARES what she made. This project is suitable for all ages and requires paper and a drawing tool of your choice.

Penguin Holiday

Follow along as Mackie, CMA’s School Programs Manager, shares the work of artist Jim Saylor. During Penguin Holiday, Mackie draws inspiration from his pieces to make her own character who visits new places and does her favorite activities. This project is suitable for ages 5+ and requires paper, pencil, scissors, and anything to add color, such as markers or crayons.

Light Portraits Inspired by Rico Gatson

What makes you feel powerful? What are your strengths? Mackie explores how Rico Gatson‘s Icon series motivates us to feel hopeful and joyful, and encourages us to make an impact in our world. Gatson’s artwork, on display at CMA during our Art & Activism exhibition and in our Bridge, serves as the inspiration for Mackie’s Light Portrait, pictured above. Use CMA’s Look Make Share pedagogy to make 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. 

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