Parrish Home Art Studios
Introducing Parrish Home Art Studios!
Fun, interactive art activities for families
If your family has enjoyed art workshops or Open Studios in the Museum, they’ll love our weekly guides to art activities for every day, using materials you already have in your home!
The Parrish is your Museum. Doors open or closed, we’re here for you with inspiring, creative ways to see and make art.
Be sure to share your creations on Instagram with the hashtag #ParrishHomeArtStudios
Pop Art Collage
Roy Lichtenstein began making Pop Art paintings, which included cartoons such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, as a way to amuse his young sons. This exploration continued as he incorporated other images that were part of daily American life. Lichtenstein’s distinct style was born out of his cartoon-like images of brushstrokes and graphic dots.
Use Roy Lichtenstein’s process to inspire your own Pop Art Collage!
Materials: Assorted papers, scissors, glue, pencil, Wide flat tipped paint brush, paint, wide marker (substitutes for paint)
Artist Alfonso Ossorio saw enormous potential in everyday objects and knick knacks. In 1958, he began experimenting with adding materials like buttons, fake gems, ropes, and mirrors to his oil paintings. This was the start to his well known series of assemblages, which he named congregations.
Create your own assemblage inspired by Alfonso Ossorio!
Materials: Paper, liquid glue, markers or crayons, found objects (ie: shells, beads, googly eyes, marbles, feathers, coins)
David Salle was asked to create a series of paintings for Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome. For this commission he was asked to address a single subject: the Sistine Chapel. Salle approached the source material by revamping sections of Michelangelo’s paintings with vignettes and illustrative images of objects from modern times and recent history.
Create your own contemporary interpretation of a masterpiece!
Materials: Paper, crayons or colored pencil
Plastic Bottle Fish
Create plastic bottle fish and under sea environments inspired by Coral Reef from Raynor Country Day School, a collaborative sculpture is featured in the 2020 Student Exhibition.
Materials: Plastic water or soda bottles, scissors, glue, tape, paint or papers for decoration, and assorted materials such as beads, buttons, and sequins
Room with a View
Many artists are inspired by their home surroundings. Fairfield Porter painted what he saw from his back porch and studio window. Charles Burchfield found endless inspiration in his own backyard. Create a series of drawings from your own window.
Materials: Paper, pencils, colored pencils, watercolor paint and brushes, and black permanent markers
While growing up in rural Kansas, artist Alan Shields learned sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques from his mother and sisters. He took an interest in the textile arts and continued to experiment with different sewing methods throughout his career. Explore paper weaving with inspiration from this inventive artist!
Materials: Assorted paper, scissors, glue, markers, crayons, and found materials (such as ribbon, fabric, grasses or twigs)
Explore different types of lines, shapes, and textures, that can be created with items other than a paintbrush! For these experimental printmaking projects, inspired by works from the Parrish collection, you will use unusual materials to stamp and develop prints from.
Materials: Tempera or acrylic paint, Paper, Objects with a round rim (plastic cups, bottle caps, paper towel rolls)
Suggested Material: If you do not have paint at home, you may want to try this activity with magic marker.
Collage with Recycled Papers
Dive into all the colors of the rainbow by creating a collage color wheel, then create your own collage interpretation of a painting from our collection. Look closely, make a sketch, and have fun choosing swatches from your color wheel to recreate the painting.
All of these can be done as individual works or as a large collaborative work!
Materials: Assorted papers, glue (glue stick, white glue, or rubber cement), scissors (optional)