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This Week’s Daily Art Challenge is Inspired by These 5 Art Techniques

CMA’s Permanent Collection is a treasure trove of artwork from children around the world. Below, use our collection as inspiration as you explore art-making techniques such as printmaking, collaging, and painting using basic art materials. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

Day 1: Printmaking

Look at this artwork from CMA’s Permanent Collection by 11-year-old Verthaniel Benally. What do you see? Prints like this one can be created using everyday household objects such as sponges or egg cartons along with art materials like paint or ink. Dip your object in the paint and press it to paper to create a design of your choice!

Day 2: Collage

Artists often use different materials to create work that represents important people in their lives. This image from our Permanent Collection shows how one artist used collage to represent an important person in their life. Who could this be? What materials do you see? Use paper, fabric, or other materials around your house to create a collage of someone important to you!

Day 3: Still Life

Still lives, like this work from our Permanent Collection, show the ways artists can represent the world around them or things that are important to them. What do you see in this piece? Why might the artist have chosen these objects? What is special in your home? Can you use items in your home to create a still life? Use a pencil and paper to draw your own!

Day 4: Paint

Fantasy is an artwork in CMA’s Permanent Collection by 11-year-old Ivana Visnjovski. What do you notice about the materials she used? A watercolor resist is one method artists use to add layers to their pieces. Start with a crayon or oil pastel and draw an object or pattern. Next, experiment with watercolors to add in color. What do you see happening?

Day 5: Symbols

Why do artists use symbols? What symbols do you see in this piece from CMA’s Permanent Collection? What might this artist (Romi Shamal, age 11) want you to know? Does the title Happy New Year give you any clues? What message do you want to share? Create a drawing using symbols and share it us using #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. 

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