Looking for projects or resources to make and use at home? Welcome to our new Digital Resources page!
The Dayton Art Institute’s growing Learning Library Online offers art-making lessons, projects and educational materials for learners of all ages. Connect with your museum through art experiences you can do at home … or anywhere! Click a project to learn more and to download lessons. Check here often for updates and new lessons.
Create fantastical, faerie-inspired skirts and a matching magical wand.
Use cutting and gluing skills to make a stick puppet!
Make your own playable four-string guitar.
Make your own wearable dinosaur dancing feet!
Use paper-tearing and cutting skills to create your own skeleton hand.
Use drawing and tool manipulation skills to paint your own friendly monster!
1st – 3rd Grade
Creating a portrait of yourself with an animal friend using crayons and markers.
Learning to create stability and movement with inanimate objects.
Create a self-portrait inspired by LEGO®s and featuring personality traits using crayons and watercolor paints.
Use construction paper to explore color and pattern by weaving various compositions.
Create a robot sculpture using repurposed materials you have around the house!
4th – 6th Grade
Sculpt a clay bowl utilizing Native American pueblo pottery techniques and designs.
Learn to use crayons or oil pastels with watercolors to create a unique “resist” painting.
Create an imaginative clay creature that combines unique features of many animals.
explore the foundations of fashion design through exercises in shape, line, color, pattern and texture.
Create an original assemblage sculpture that features both 2D and 3D qualities.
create a dream-like world filled with unusual creatures and other imaginary elements
7th – 12th Grade
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YA & Adults
Japanese (Muromachi period, 1392-1573)
Unkoku Toeki (Japanese, 1591-1644), Landscape, 17th century
Chinese (Tang Dynasty, 618-907) – Dancing Horse
Lionel Noël Royer (French, 1852-1926)
Draw complex buildings and structures using one-point perspective techniques.
Japanese (Edo period, 1615 1868), early 18th century