Though our doors may be closed due to COVID-19, the Museums’ collections and exhibitions can still support curiosity and discovery at home. These museum resources focus on essential skills such as observation, wonder, analysis, and reflection. We hope these materials will encourage you to work with your family and re-create the excitement and enjoyment young visitors experience at the Museums.
Explore the art at the Museums with your family using the discussion and activity prompts in our Discovery Guides.
Get Smart with Art is an interdisciplinary curriculum package that increases visual literacy, historical knowledge (grades 4th-12th), and expository writing skills.
Frida Kahlo Discovery Guide
She told the story of her life through her art and appearance. Use the questions and activities in this Discovery Guide to “read” her story with your family and friends.
Frida Kahlo Guía de Descubrimiento En Español
Ella contó la historia de su vida a través de su arte y de su apariencia personal. Usa las preguntas y actividades en esta Guía de Descubrimiento para “leer” esa historia con tu familia y tus amigos.
Floral Crown Art Making Inspired by Frida Kahlo
Experiment with color to create a paper floral crown in honor of Frida Kahlo and Bouquets to Art.
Art Project Submissions
A place where we showcase your work. Explore and participate in weekly art prompts.
Family Art Making at Home: Illusion Sculpture
Make a sculpture without glue or tape and a drawing tool using items you have at home.
Compare and Contrast Color
Celebrate Bouquets to Art by comparing and contrasting how colors create floral mood.
Make your own Bouquet!
Build a colorful bouquet with this coloring sheet inspired by a floral still life in our collection.
Vegetable Stamp Floral Art Making Inspired by Bouquets to Art
Enjoy this recipe for a fun and educational activity that will foster creativity in children of all ages.
de Youngsters Studio: Imaginative Hats Inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuits
Create your own hat using found materials.
de Youngsters Studio: Landscape Art Making Inspired by "California Spring"
Create your own landscape inspired by Albert Bierstadt.
de Youngsters Studio Discovery Guides
Use our family guides to explore composition, color, sculpture, texture, form, and shape.
de Young’s Permanent Collection Discovery Guide
Use this family guide to explore our galleries. You and your child can use its simple questions and fun activities to slow down, look closely, and understand a work of art. Have fun!
de Young Guía de Descubrimiento en Español
Usen esta guía familiar para explorar las galerías. Las preguntas sencillas y actividades divertidas de esta guía harán que su niño o niña examine con cuidado algunas obras de arte, para de veras comprenderlas. ¡Que se diviertan!
Get Smart with Art - 2nd Grade
Learning to Look: Building Community: Festivals, Rituals, Traditions, and Celebrations
Get Smart with Art - 4th Grade Curriculum
California History: Native American Culture and Westward Expansion
Get Smart with Art - 7th Grade Curriculum Prehispanic Art of Mesoamerica
Learn about Prehispanic Art of Mesoamerica.
Tips for Talking to Young Artists about Their Portraits
Support your child's curiosity about the artistic process.
de Youngsters Studio: Reflect and Resist
Create personal anti-racist messages that express your family values.
de Youngsters Studio: Spirit Board Art Making Inspired by New Guinea Collection
Create your own spirit board to honor a person or an aspect of nature.
de Youngsters Studio: Ex-Votos, A Mexican Tradition of Special Narrative Paintings
Create an ex-voto painting about an important event.
de Youngsters Studio: Nature Art Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Use natural materials to communicate a message about the environment.
de Youngsters: Make a View Camera a “Portal on the Past” Inspired by Willard Worden
Create a view camera from household materials to see the world around you in a new way.
de Youngsters Studio: Horizon Line Collage Inspired by Ed Ruscha
Create a landscape collage of your ideal place.
de Youngsters Studio: Get Out the Vote Postcard Printing
Create your own printing tools to make Get Out the Vote postcards.
de Youngsters Studio: Yard Show Art Making Inspired by Joe Minter
Create a yard show using found materials to share a social message with your community.
de Youngsters Studio: Pirate Paper Inspired by Peter Coffin
By the looks of this pirate, there are some adventures to tell! Make 'pirate paper' for a treasure map, a story, a poem, or a pirate riddle.
de Youngsters Studio: Mixed-Media Collage Inspired by Ronald Lockett’s “Poison River”
Create a mixed-media collage of a habitat and animal that illustrates your hopes for the environment.
de Youngsters Open Studio: Powerful Portraits
Create a portrait inspired by Andrea McCoy Harvey’s Afro Goddess.