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This Week’s Daily Art Challenge is Inspired by Lines, Shapes, and Patterns

Did you know CMA has a Permanent Collection of artwork from children around the world? Using simple drawing materials, these fun art activities allow children to investigate how simple lines and shapes can turn into interesting works of art. Don’t forget to show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

Day 1: Line

This artwork is from CMA’s Permanent Collection and was created by 5-year-old Emmanuella Rosine Niyomwungere from Burundi. The artist used many different kinds of lines — how many different lines can you find? Make your own drawing using a crayon, marker, or pencil and see how many different lines you can make!

Day 2: Shape

Created by Amber Brown, a 9-year-old from Australia, this piece from CMA’s Permanent Collection shows how artists use lines to make different shapes. Those shapes then turn into things we see all around us. What shapes do you see in this image? Can you draw your favorite animal using just shapes? 

Day 3: Map

This piece from CMA’s Permanent Collection was created by 10-year-old Emir Spehic. He used lines and shapes to create a drawing of a neighborhood. Do you see the small details he was able to add? Can you imagine walking around these homes? What do you see when you walk around your home? Use colored pencils and paper to share your neighborhood with CMA using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

Day 4: Space

Investigate this piece by artist Leon Bibel. What do you notice about the space he created? He uses negative space — or the space between objects — in many of his pieces. Artists sometimes create negative space by erasing. Can you cover a piece of paper with pencil or charcoal and then use an eraser to create a scene? 

Day 5: Pattern

Lines and shapes can be used to create patterns! Look at this drawing by CMA’s own Raquel Du Toit. Can you find any patterns? Using lines, shapes, and symbols, how many patterns can you create? Can you use them to make a drawing inspired by this piece?


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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