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 


  • Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997) Brushstrokes, 1967 Screenprint 22 x 30 inches Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Gift of James and Katherine Goodman 2003.12.12

    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)

    Pop Art Collage

  • Alfonso Ossorio (American, born Philippines) Unsuccessful Tow, 1961-1968, Mixed media on panel, 48 x 96 x 10 1/2 inches, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, Gift of the Ossorio Foundation, 1997.1


    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 (American, born 1952), After Michelangelo, The Creation, 2005–2006. Oil and acrylic on linen, 90 x 180 inches. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, Gift of Margaret S. Bilotti, 2018.10.1

    Art Update

    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

    Art Update

  • 2020 Student Exhibition.

    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

    Plastic Bottle Fish

  • Charles Burchfield, American, 1893-1967, Glory of Spring (Radiant Spring), 1950, Watercolor on paper, 40 1/8 x 29 3/4 inches, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Coming Clark, Clark Collection, © Charles E. Burchfield Foundation, 1959.6.6.

    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

    Room with a View

  • Alan Shields, American, 1944-2005, Sun, Moon, Title Page, or Pampass Little Joe, 1971, Double-sided lithograph, relief print, screen print, and collage with stitching on paper, 26 x 26 inches, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Gift of Barbara Toll, ©Alan Shields/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2007.11.

    Paper Weaving

    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)

    Paper Weaving


  • Spring Vacation Workshop Photo: Jillian Bock

    Experimental Printmaking

    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.

    Experimental Printmaking

  • 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)

    Collage with Recycled Papers

Video Tutorial

The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Milford D. and Janice B. Gerton/Arts and Letters Foundation; Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Long Island Community Foundation; The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Patricia and David Rung; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Town of Southampton. Special thanks to the Art Spirit Foundation. Additional support for the Parrish education programs is provided by the Museum’s annual Spring Fling and Midsummer Party benefit events.