Looking for projects or resources to make and use at home? Welcome to our 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.
Special Resource: Women Artists in the DAI Collection
The Dayton Art Institute recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women artists. Click Here to learn about selected artists from our collection!
Clay Turtle Play
Create a clay turtle!
Paint a beachy scene by the sea!
Sculpt with Shapes
Build a sculpture from 3D shapes!
Watercolor Resist with Shapes
Create a watercolor resist painting!
Make an embossed suitcase!
Torn Paper Maps
Make torn-paper maps!
1st – 3rd Grade
Rangoli Pattern Collage
Create a mixed-media collage!
Native American Hunter and His Dog
Paul Manship (American, 1885-1966)
Oil Pastel Peace Drawing
Create an oil pastel drawing to celebrate International Day of Peace!
Ancient Greek Relief Print
Create a print utilizing ancient Greek designs!
Relief with Design of Dragons
Artist unidentified (China, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644)
Henry, 8th Lord Arundell of Wardour
Sir Joshua Reynolds (English, 1726-1792)
4th – 6th Grade
Retrofit: Turning Today’s Clothes into Period Costumes (Lesson 2)
Create low-sew 1800s-inspired vest, shirt and knickers from everyday clothing.
South American Jewelry
Create pendants inspired by ancient South American artworks, using metal embossing techniques.
Leaf Texture Collage
Create a monochrome leaf texture collage using tree leaves and collagraph printmaking techniques.
Shaping Peace Together: Collaborative Chalk Mural
Create a collaborative chalk mural.
Japanese Cherry Tree Painting
Paint moonlit cherry trees inspired by the woodblock prints of Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon.
Native American-Inspired Clay Bowls
Sculpt a clay bowl utilizing Native American pueblo pottery techniques and designs.
7th – 12th Grade
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YA & Adults
Colorful Fruit Still Life
Draw a fruit still life!
Self-Portrait in Black Sweater
Peri Schwartz (American, 1951–2021)
Draw a landscape!
Mayan Ruins, Yucatán
Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821-1872)
Christopher Ries (American, born 1952)
Draw faces from different perspectives!