FREE Art Activities for Families at Home.
Lanesboro Arts is continuing to think creatively and find new ways to serve our community! We continue to pay close attention to our state leaders as we navigate the health and well-being of our community as we are closed through May. Below are some ways we continuing to provide youth and family arts programming:
- Week 1: Earth Day Challenge
- To celebrate, we’re sharing our first weekly #stayathome challenge: share a photo of you in nature on our Facebook page or on your Instagram story! It can be a photo from Earth Day or one that was taken in the past, you decide. Let’s celebrate caring for this beautiful home we all share. #LAEarthDayChallenge
- Week 2: Chalk Art Challenge
- A spin off a favorite local snow sculpture contest for the residents of Lanesboro, MN. We are launching a Chalk Art Contest; to participate, make drawings using sidewalk chalk – anything you want – and snap a picture of it. Be creative! The only rule is to have fun. After you’ve taken a picture, post a picture to the Facebook group page linked here: bit.ly/2VQYKDy At the end of June, a committee will decide the winners. Lanesboro Arts will have chalk available outside of the Gallery building starting on April 30th for families who need it!
- Week 3: Haiku Challenge
- A haiku is a short, three-line poem following a 5-7-5 syllable structure. That means your first line should have 5 syllables, the second has 7, and the third has 5. Please share your haikus in a photo on your Facebook page or on Instagram story and tag us! We can’t wait to read them! Need some inspiration? Take a walk to Lanesboro’s Poetry Parking Lot, where you’ll find 15 haikus posted on signs. Happy writing!
- Week 4: Drawing Challenge
- We’re loving all the crabapple trees, lilacs, and flowers in full bloom right now. So this week’s challenge is to go outside, find a blooming plant or tree, and draw or paint a picture of it, plein air style. Let’s celebrate a beautiful summer by spending time outside surrounded by nature!
- Week 5: Rhubarb Print Challenge
- With Lanesboro’s Rhubarb Festival being canceled this year, we would like to challenge you to have a little fun with rhubarb leaves at home. This is a great way to spend some time outside with your friends and families. Feel free to mix up any colors you like, or put any patterns you like. Once you are done, snap a picture of it and share your colorful works with us! Get messy, creative, and most importantly have fun! Click here to watch our instruction video.
Creative Care Packages:
During this time of closure, when Lanesboro Arts supplies are more useful to youth and families stuck at home. We are meeting Lanesboro families outside of the Lanesboro School on Monday, May 4th at 11am delivering Creative Care packages. These are new art supplies donated by Lanesboro Arts Members. We are prioritizing families who do not have art materials in their home or have lost income due to the coronavirus. There is a limited supply of Creative Care packages but more can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Programs from other Arts Organizations:
Our friends at Courageous heArts came up with these activities that we love:
Create Using Stuff Around Your House
- Up your Lego® game and exercise your creative thinking skills – all you need are 6 Bricks!
- Paint rocks found outside with paint, glitter, etc.
- Create paper beads with glue, paper, and glitter to make jewelry.
- Design a new game for the whole family to enjoy.
- Soda bottle planter man – You can cut off the top of a liter bottle of pop and use the bottom half to plant flowers in. You can also decorate/paint the bottom half of the bottle.
- Create a kite with a paper lunch bag and popsicle sticks.
- Create a rain stick.
- Create some costume accessories with paper bags:
- Turn abandoned gloves into monsters.
- Create educational I Spy Jars.
- Make masks with paper plates and yarn.
- Send secret messages with invisible ink!
- Reinforce hand washing with the pepper experiment.
Take Virtual Field Trips Around the World
- The British Museum: The British Museum has 2 million years worth of artwork to share!
- Guggenheim: The Guggenheim offers thousands of artworks available to explore all online!
- J. Paul Getty Museum: Go on a Street View tour of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and explore various artworks, dating back as far as to the 8th century!
- Louvre Museum: Head all the way to France to see some of the world’s most famous artworks, including the Mona Lisa!
- MASP: Museu de Arte de São Paulo is Brazil’s first modern museum with thousands of artworks in their collection, including paintings, photographs, costumes, and more.
- The Met: The Met has a multitude of online exhibits to explore that can be guided or done at your own pace!
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has thousands of artworks to uncover from the comfort of your own home!
- MN Marine Art Museum: Local Museum out of Winona has free Audio Tours!
- Musei Vaticani: The Mvsei Vaticani offers 360-degree tours of the entire museum!
- Museum of Anthropology: Interested in artifacts dating back to pre-Hispanic Mexico? Visit the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City virtually!
- National Gallery of Art: The National Gallery of Art has a variety of exhibits, videos, and audio, collections to view all online!
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul: This virtual tour will take you through six floors of contemporary Korean and international artworks!
- National Museum of Natural History: The National Museum of Natural History provides many exhibits focusing on a few specialties from research to exhibits they always have!
- National Museum of United States Air Force: The National Museum of The United States Air Force provides 360-degree virtual tours of the museum, cockpits of planes, and tours with audio!
- National Palace Museum: Located in Taiwan, the National Palace Museum has nearly 700,000 ancient Chinese artifacts. Take a virtual tour to explore the history that spans over 8,000 years!
- National Women’s History Museum: The National Women’s History Museum has photographs of inspiring women throughout history!
- Pergamon: Visit one of the largest museums in Germany and take a look at various ancient artifacts!
- Rijksmuseum: Located in Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum is home to many Dutch Golden Age masterworks, such as works by Vermeer and Rembrandt!
- Salvador Dalí: The Salvador Dali Museum will soon have a 3D museum tour!
- Space Center – Houston: The Space Center has an app you can download to explore virtual tours of the center in Houston!
- Van Gogh Museum: The Van Gogh Museum, located in Amsterdam, has the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s works!
- A Virtual Car Trip Through the USA: When the itch to explore, see, and do takes hold, consider a digital road trip.
Watch Theatre and Musical Performances
- Under each musical is where the musical can be found online to watch.
- Watch broadway musicals with a free one month trial at BroadwayHD.
- Billboard has gathered a whole list of virtual concerts you can attend from home! If classical, jazz and folk are more your speed, NPR has one too.
- Follow #LiveFromHome on Instagram to catch some acoustic performances.
- The Royal Opera House’s Youtube Channel uploads both full-length and short clips of ballet and opera works that they produced in the past. If you catch them at the right time, you can even watch live ballet performances!
Our friends at the Department of Transformation came up with these activities that we love:
- Take your artistic practice online (something like lunchtime doodle dates) or make a short video of your artistic practice that you can text or email to folks in your community
- Organize a digital poetry reading or digital house concert through Zoom Video Conferencing or GoToMeeting with area poets and / or musicians. Make sure to set up a digital tip jar or other way to donate / support your local artists!
- Share a poem or a song or a story with people you love via text each day
- Make your own list of creative ideas for connecting in your community and share it with your local newspaper or radio station
- 20-minute writing practice – organize a small group online or on the phone to participate in a writing practice, start a 20-minute timer, hit mute, each person writes a song / poem / story, when timer goes off, share with each other
- Sunset photo array – ask folks in your community to take a sunset photo from their own house and to text them to you, compile all the photos into an album or collage that captures the same sunset from many different angles
- Make a playlist of your favorite songs or based on a certain theme to share with your community
- Continue to experience art through online resources, like virtual museum visits
- DANCE! DanceBarn Collective is hosting Virtual Dance Dice every evening at 5pm CST on Instagram Live
- Work with your local radio station to organize a call-in hour where folks can share creative ideas for staying connected during social distancing
- Many artists are moving their practice online – invite a friend to join you for a streaming house concert or online performance that you want to attend
- Stay creative with Stone Soup! Stone Soup is posting new writing prompts every weekday and they even host Flash Contests every Monday
- Create art by recycling! If you need some inspirations, visit the KinderArt page
- The Whitney Museum of American Art posts various art activities based on the artwork in their collection that engages both kids and adults
- Make your own musical instrument at home!
- Social Distance Choir! Set a time to meet in a public park, mark places for everyone to stand ten feet apart, have a conductor with a megaphone, email or text the music / lyrics to everyone’s phone, and sing together from a healthy social distance
- 5 O’Clock Walk! Make a walking map for your community, invite folks to take a walk every day at 5 o’clock with everyone starting at a point on the walking map closest to their house – keeping a safe social distance from each other – a great way to end the work from home day! (inspired by Ann Thompson in Milan, MN)
- Social Distance Parade! Invite folks in your community to decorate cars or bikes with positive messages and agree to a time to drive a certain route – while keeping a safe social distance – honking horns and ringing bells, bringing joy to your community
- Drive-in Concerts! Like drive-in movies, but with a musician playing and everyone rolls down their window to listen! OR just organize a drive-in movie!
- Digital Happy Hours! Organize one for folks in your community! Or, consider joining our Off the Clock Digital Happy Hour for Rural Arts & Cultural Workers
- Digital Book Club! Now that we have more time to read, put together a Social Distance book club, meet online every other week with and discuss the book you you are reading
- Digital Karaoke! Host an online singalong or karaoke night with your friends! Check out this list for the best online Karaoke platforms
- Digital Dance Parties! Send out a sweet playlist, suggest costumes, sparkles, and furs, invite your friends to log on with headphones and everyone presses play on the playlist at the same time and dances their hearts out!
- Digital Game Nights! Pick a board game (trivia, balderdash, outburst, charades, pictionary, etc.), one person to host, and adapt it for a digital setting
- Digital Puppet Show! Depict a fun memory or story using only sock puppets on the screen
- Sneaky Phone Call! Call someone from in front of their house and have a conversation through their front window, like a modern-day tin can phone!
- Digital Reunions! Convene former cohorts you have been a part of or projects you have worked on and provide a space for checking-in, being creative, and having informal conversations
- Digital Talent Show! Dance routines, musical instruments, or even an artwork you have been practicing and working on at home–share your talents with your friends and family
- Cell Phonebook Roulette! Scroll through the phone book on your cell phone and point to a random person to call and check-in on – maybe it’s someone you haven’t spoken with in years – maybe it’s good, maybe it’s awkward, maybe it’s hilarious!
- Chat Room! Organize a back to the 90s campaign and start a chat room where everyone has to come up with a great 90s name like SagitariusSparkles
- Text Tree! Set-up a text tree with your neighbors and share one fun thing to try from this list (or create your own) each day!
- Phone Tag! Call someone in your community, see how they are doing, and then tag them to call another person – pass it on!
- Best Corners of the Internet! Make a list of hilarious corners of the internet for pure joy and entertainment and share with your community – like this example from Palouse, WA.