Spring feature: a flower garden of art! In each age category you’ll find special seasonal activities with a floral theme, along with other fun projects! Please send photos of the art you make to email@example.com so we can share them online.
Watercolor Flowers and Garlands with Amanda Larsen
Preschoolers explore the versatility and joy of watercolor and then transform their “decorated” paper into flowers or a flower garland.
Make Art with Sally! Sally Davies shares some creative art projects from her class Preschool Art Exploration.
Tissue Paper Flowers with Judy Goldberg-Strassler
See how to make them! If you don’t have tissue paper, try using newspaper, newsprint, thin wrapping paper, crepe paper or streamers. Once you’ve made your flowers, can you think of interesting ways to wear them? Look at ways that people have worn real and artificial flowers around the world.
Clay Roses with Gina Denn
Watch the demonstration. Gina uses ceramic clay, but you can use playdough, polymer clay (sculpey or fimo) or air dry clay too! For added inspiration, look at these intricate ceramic flowers by Clare Potter.
Spring Botany Lessons with Leah Cohen
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Artward Bound Online: Virtual Scout Workshops
Programs available in drawing, comic art, painting, collage, outdoor art, dance and music! Workshops are tailored to meet badge requirements for Girl Scouts (all levels); Boy Scouts and Campfire groups are also welcome. Learn more.
Make a Drum
Create and decorate your own instrument using a cardboard frame and a fabric drum head. Tutorial by Artist in Residence Karen Arrington.
Puppet Show: “The Crystal Ball”
Enjoy a movie version of “The Crystal Ball” by Greenbelt’s own Beech Tree Puppets. The show premiered at the May 3 Artful Afternoon, and will be available throughout the month of May on the Greenbelt Recreation ARTSYouTube channel for kids. Click here for an activity guide with things to make and do related to themes in the show.
Youth Art Share (ages 6-18)
Friday, May 15, 4:00pm. Bring a piece of art that you made, and share it with other kids over Zoom! Don’t forget to make a nametag (hat, sign, or tag). Sign up here to receive an invitation by email. Not sure what to make? See the activities below!
“Watercolor” Night Sky Painting
Create a starry, sylvan scene inspired by the paintings of Bethesda artist Jen Aranyi. (Quick and easy!) You’ll need: white paper, as thick as possible (watercolor paper, cardstock, tagboard, etc); Crayola markers or equivalent; paintbrush; water; fine point sharpie or black gel pen; white gel pen, white paint, whiteout pen or glitter (for stars). See what constellations and galaxies are visible now in our night sky; maybe you’ll want to include some of them in your painting!!
Abstraction Action - 2D Art Activity
Use repeating forms to create lively drawings or collages! For inspiration, see the work of Odili Donald Odita, Jim Lambie, and Melinda Harper. Activity courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia). Ages 6 and up.
My Other Closet is a Time Machine
You’ve been upgraded! Your virtual closet contains more than 42,000 items, courtesy of those hard working folks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Search the collection, and see what inspires you today!
Virtual Art Share
VIRTUAL ART SHARE Sunday, June 14, 2:00-3:00pm. Meet up with fellow artists online for a constructive, informal discussion of everyone’s work. Bring 1-3 pieces in any medium that you would like to share and discuss. All experience levels welcome. Sign up here to receive a Zoom link by email.
Origami Lily with John Cooper and Gina Denn
Follow along with this tutorial. See amazing examples of contemporary origami. Did you know that in Japan, origami is associated with healing from trauma? Read more about it: The Art of Origami: An Art Therapist Explains its History and Use in Trauma Work; How Paper Cranes Became of Symbol of Healing in Japan
Virtual Open Studio Tour: Call for Artists
Artful Afternoon, Sunday, June 7, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Greet fellow artists and art fans from the comfort of your creative work space! Brief, online home/studio visits will be scheduled throughout the afternoon. The tour is open to adult artists who live, work, study or play in Greenbelt. Sign up now to receive more information. Pictured: Artist in Residence Karen Arrington in her Greenbelt Community Center studio.
Virtual Maryland Arts Summit
May 26 - May 29
Sponsored by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Maryland Arts Summit facilitates dialogue, learning, and networking opportunities for the Maryland arts sector. This year’s theme is Creative Resurgence: A Vision for the Future of the Arts in Maryland. Sessions are provided by and for arts advocates, teaching artists, independent working artists, arts organizations, arts council members, and community stakeholders. (Registration fees may apply; details are not yet available).
Americans for the Arts
Virtual Convention and Public Art Conference
June 23 - June 25
National in scope, the AFTA convention offers keynotes, break-out sessions and networking opportunities geared toward professional artists, arts administrators, and arts advocates. Themes of this year’s convening include: convergence, the bridging of different communities, and the role of the arts in healing after crisis. (Registration fees may apply; details are not yet available).
Acrylic Painting Basics
Tuesday evenings: April 28 - May 12, 7:00pm-8:00pm.
Learn acrylic painting tips and techniques over Zoom with Artist in Residence Racquel Keller. No experience required. What you'll need: acrylic paint, brushes and canvas or alternative substrate. if you aren’t able to procure supplies, you are still welcome to sign up and learn! Sign up via Sign-Up Genius to receive a Zoom link. Questions?
Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures
An exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. See the work of a photographer whose images helped define the visual record of the Great Depression, from which The City of Greenbelt emerged. This exhibition brings iconic works from the collection together with less seen photographs, from Lange’s landmark photobook An American Exodus to projects on criminal justice reform. Image: Dorothea Lange, One Nation Indivisible, San Francisco. 1942.
Kehinde Wiley’s Flowers
Kehinde Wiley painted the presidential portrait for President Barack Obama, but he was a famous contemporary artist long before that! Check out some of his work here; look at all the flowers! Then create some of your own Wiley-inspired art:
Ask someone to photograph you in front of a flowering bush. Wiley uses portraits and scenes from western art history as inspiration, so don’t forget to strike a regal pose!
Collage (cut and glue) a photograph of yourself or a family member or friend along with flowers from magazines, decorative paper or printed images you find online; you can also draw your own floral design as a backdrop for a photo portrait like these students from St. Louis.
One Minute Sculptures
Use household objects to “realize” the participatory sculptures of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm - then invent some of your own! All ages.
Fashion Challenge: Rei Kawakubo
Are you ready for some daring dress up? Use pillows and household textiles to create outlandish, volumetric looks inspired by the work of Rei Kawakubo, an avant garde Japanese designer. No sewing involved! All ages.
See art tutorials for kids created by Greenbelt Recreation instructors on YouTube!
See art tutorials for adults created by Greenbelt Recreation instructors on YouTube!