#StayHome Art Projects and Educational Resources

Stay Creative with ASI Online

We’ve adapted much of our programming to better serve our community during these challenging times. 

In addition to arts education programming, ASI is also providing free literacy, STEAM, mindfulness, movement, and music programs online so students can practice their craft, learn, grow, and focus on wellness during this challenging time. 

Here is where you can access Art Sphere resources online:

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Art Online from our Friends and Neighbors

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite digital programming from art institutions in our community and around the world below.

 

Explore Public Art History in Philadelphia 

Exploring the amazing collection of Public Art that Philadelphia has to offer for free. In tough times art has the power to remind us that there are happier times ahead. 

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an interactive program for Philadelphia’s public art. Listen to stories told by people from all walks of life who are directly connected to the sculptures. Use their interactive map and gallery to plan your next social distancing walk!

Kristin’s pick for this week is the The Dream Garden (1914 – 1915).

This beautiful mosaic made of hundreds of thousands of iridescent glass pieces was the only collaboration between painter Maxfield Frederich Parrish and glass master Louis Comfort Tiffany. As a muralist, she misses collaborating in person with others these days but this breathtaking piece has the power to make her feel both large and small. Over the years, this work has helped her put things in perspective… and it is lit up at night so the beauty always shines. 

Make Art to Music

Interpret music through your art! Are your lines jagged and racing or soft and flowing? Do the colors radiate from a central place or do they move like shapes in patterns? Let the music inform your choices. 

Discover Craft Making Online

Create Art Inspired by Museums Around the World

Many museums are opening up their doors digitally, some for the first time ever. Take advantage of these online experiences and make an art piece inspired by a famous artist.

  • Paris’ Louvre MuseumThe Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the San Diego Museum of Art offer virtual tours.
  • Google offers digital tours of more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world, including New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.  
  • London’s National Gallery offers 10 separate Monet collection
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan is giving free public access to more than 200 art books from its digital archives until the museum reopens.
  • New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is making its previously recorded tours of the museum halls available on Facebook Live every day at 2 p.m. (EST) throughout its closure. The virtual tours, which are led by museum guides, take viewers through collections in the museum’s Hall of African Mammals, Hall of the North American Forests, Hall of Meteorites, and more. You can access an in-depth collection of the museum’s educational materials, for both adults and children, on their website here.
Explore the indoors 

Find fun and new ways to make art and learn in your own home.

  • Enjoy this list of fun indoor activities for kids 
  • Scholastic’s “Learn at Home” website  offers 3 hours of learning a day for student in Pre-K to 6th Grade. Courses include virtual field trips, writing and research projects, and online geography challenges.

    Draw from Nature

    Nature has been a source of inspiration for artists for thousands of years. Many zoos and natural preserves have opened up their doors through live digital cameras.

    – Put yourself in the place of American Pioneer’s – listen to animals in nature from America’s National Parks and draw what you hear. Take some quiet time to learn how to identify birds from their songs.

    – See and hear landmarks of Yellowstone National Park 

    – Virtually travel to see America’s other natural wonders and take geological tours.

    – California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium has live cams featuring sea otters swimming and sharks

    – Atlanta, Georgia has several awesome live cams, including the Georgia Aquarium live cam of whales, piranhas, and penguins, watch puppies and kittens from the Atlanta Humane Society, and watch Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda twins. 

    – The San Diego Zoo offers more than 10 live webcams that give viewers a glimpse at orangutan, tigers, koalas, giraffes, and over 30 butterfly species. 

    – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden hosts a “Home Safari” on their Facebook Live Feed featuring a different animal star each day, such as one of its resident Komodo dragons, manatees, aardvarks, or even Fiona the Hippo. 

    – Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has eight different “Koala Cams“. 

    – A live puffin cam can be seen from the Seal Island National Wildlife

    – The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center Refuge offers a  live Gorilla Webcam

    – The National Park Service offers a Bald Eagle Nest Webcam

    – Tembe Elephant Park has a 24/7 livestream camera placed near one of its waterholes where elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceros, and buffalo gather.

    – WildEarth have teamed up to lead daily livestream safaris from South Africa’s andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve

    – Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center shows an ongoing livestream of endangered animals

    – See bears on the Brown Bear Webcam from the Katmai National Park and Preserve

    Don’t forget to show us your drawings on social media with #LoveArtSphereInc, #LoveASI, or #ArtSpherePhilly.