Art Making at Home

Art-making activities for children and teens

Create art using your own materials or those provided in an MFA art kit!

With many school systems around the state and country still in distance learning, we understand the growing need for free online educational offerings. In February 2021, the MFA recently stepped up to help this increasing need by partnering with Chase to donate 300 art-making kits to Boston community organizations. Inspired by objects in the MFA’s collection, the art activities range from stained glass to metal embossing. In June 2020, art kits were distributed to more than 500 children in Boston by the MFA’s Learning and Community Engagement team in collaboration with 12 Community Arts Initiative partner organizations and Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Each art kit contains reusable materials sourced from the Museum’s supplies and connects to an art-making activity with step-by-step instructions online.

Each activity focuses on a specific art-making technique and looks at a work of art in the Museum’s collection before presenting instructions to make your own. Recommended for children and teens, ages 5 and up.

Share photos of your art with us by tagging #mfaBoston!

Learn how to make a “stained glass” window with materials from home.
Learn how to emboss metal with art materials from home.
Learn how to make jewelry with art materials from home.
Learn how to weave a basket with your MFA art kit or materials from home.
Learn how to “paint” with watercolor pencils using your MFA art kit or materials from home.
Learn how to make a dragon puppet with your MFA art kit or materials from home
Learn how to quill paper with your MFA art kit or materials from home.
Learn how to make a monoprint with your MFA art kit or materials from home.