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This Week’s Daily Art Challenge is Inspired by Earth Week

CMA’s Permanent Collection is a treasure trove of artwork from children around the world. Below, use our collection as inspiration as you explore the beauty of our natural world, including land, ocean, flora, fauna, and insects. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

Day 1: Land

In celebration of Earth Week, can you draw a landscape of a pristine earth?

Pictured: Illustration For Song by JJ Zmaj Milica, Age 12, Yugoslavia

Day 2: Ocean

Let’s celebrate our oceans and the beautiful sea creatures that call it home! Use coat hanger wire to create an outline of a fish and wrap it with paper. Next, color and decorate the paper and glue it to the wire.

PicturedFish by Aline Hitti, Age 10, United Arab Emirates

Day 3: Flora

Flowers are an important part of springtime. Can you create your own field of flowers? Try to fill an entire page with petals, leaves, and stems!

PicturedSpring by Veronika Molnar, Age 4, Hungary

Day 4: Fauna

Can you think of an animal that is extinct and draw it from memory? What animals are endangered now that we can help save,. so they don’t exist only in memories?

Pictured: Untitled by Jonathan Marin, Age 8, USA

Day 5: Insects

Using recycled paper or cardboard as your paper, draw small and large insects. Can you use bright colors to make them pop?

Pictured: Untitled by Luca, USA


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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