Every Monday from May thru August

Even though SLOMA’s 2020 Summer Art Camps have been cancelled, students of all ages can continue to explore and create visual arts throughout the summer.

Beginning Monday, May 18 and continuing through August, SLOMA is launching weekly art projects for kids to complete at home. Artwork will be posted on Instagram. At the end of August, some pieces of summer artwork will be selected for our virtual Kids Eye View exhibition.

  • Check our sloma.org website each Monday for a new activity using materials readily at home.
  • Kids get to explore new, creative ideas as they work on their artwork.
  • By Thursday afternoon, 3:00 PM send us your child’s artwork as a jpeg to SLOMA’s Assistant Curator Courtney Davis at cdavis@sloma.org. Be sure to include your child’s first name and age. Include just the artwork, not the artist holding the artwork.
  • Each week artwork received will be posted in the KIDS’ GALLERY on Instagram.

Materials for the weekly art projects are easy to find and inexpensive (you may already have the in your home!). If you do need to purchase materials, Art Central in San Luis Obispo is offering a special discount for SLOMA summer students: 10% off orders under $25 and 25% off orders over $25. Materials are available for curbside pickup at their location just off the intersection of Monterey Street and Johnson Avenue.

SLOMA’s weekly summer art activities are offered as a free service to our community impacted by the COVID outbreak. If you would like to support SLOMA’s education program, click here. Every donation makes a difference.


any kind of paint, like tempera, acrylic, or watercolor
paper 12” x 24”
wax paper or tracing paper 12” x 24”
water cup
paper towel
color Sharpies or other markers

Scrolls are long pieces of art that can be rolled from end to end. Scrolls are used to tell a story over time. Scrolls are unrolled for viewing one section at a time.

Let’s make a scroll to tell what an animal, bird, or insect does from morning to night. On the long piece of paper, start from morning on the left and paint a continuous background showing where the main character goes during the day until nighttime on the right.

Color will be important to show brightness or darkness. Plan to mix, blend and layer your colors as you travel along the length of the paper. Paint your background paper from top to bottom, from left to right!

The wax paper or tracing paper will be the scroll top layer. This paper is translucent so you can see what is underneath. On the top layer of paper, draw a whole day’s adventure for your animal, bird or insect as it travels through the entire day.

Goal: To create a scroll to tell a visual story over time with emphasis on use of color and color mixing.


shoe box or chunk of Styrofoam
sticks or twigs
yarn or string
additional materials – you choose!

Let’s find some dried out sticks or twigs from nature at least 10” long for the warp.

Place the sticks standing up in a piece of Styrofoam or a recycled box. Space the sticks either close or farther apart.

Weaving can be done with many creative combinations of materials like yarn, string, ribbon, beads, or things collected from nature. With your WARP set up, then you are ready to weave, working with the WEFT materials. Work over, under between each stick, then under, over for the next row.

If sticks are farther apart, string some yarn between open sections and make small weavings in the open spaces between sticks.

Decide what you would like for your WEFT to weave into the WARP. Choose a variety of thickness, color and texture for your weaving.

OK, artists – take it from there!

Goal: explore choosing and weaving with creative materials to make a vertical sculpture.


3 x 5 inch index card
12 x 16 inch paper (printer paper can work, too)
crayon, pencil, or charcoal pencil

Viewfinders help us focus on what we are looking at. Fold the index card in half and cut a rectangle from the center of the card. Unfold your viewfinder and become an art detective!

Look inside or outdoors, holding the viewfinder away from your eyes to find your subject – far away gives you less to see, closer gives you more.

The viewfinder edge will cut off some of what you see, that’s when you stop creating a shape.

Sit with your paper on the table or drawing board. Hold your viewfinder and form shapes of what you see with your crayon or pencil. Create contrast by shading the areas that are darker.

Goal: Using a viewfinder, create either a realistic or abstract drawing that includes shading. Only draw what is inside the viewfinder.


9 x 12 inch paper
sharpie marker or crayon
watercolor set
soft paintbrush
water cup
paper towels

Sit where you can look at an open door or open window. The edges of the door or window will be the frame for what you see. Is the doorway or window horizontal or vertical? Place your paper correctly before you begin. Your artwork includes only what is viewed inside the door/window frame.

Sketch in some incomplete main lines with your Sharpie or crayon. These will be clues for painting in watercolor. With watercolors, start with washes of light colors, then adding some medium or darker colors onto the damp paper.

There will be some parts of shapes that end at the edge of the frame. That’s OK!

Goal: To look at and paint only what is inside your door/window frame.


15 x 15 inch paper
tempera paint
water cup
paper towels

Creating art is often inspired by what you see. You can also get inspiration from what you hear. Get ready your supplies and close your eyes. Listen for the sounds of nature or the sounds of cars, trucks, or people around you.

Use your brush to paint sounds. Some are soft, some are strong, some repeat over and over. Make painted marks to show soft, loud, and repetition. Let your brush travel over the paper. Mix your paint to emphasize what you hear. Your abstract painting will be inspired by what you have heard!

Goal: To create an abstract painting using marks and colors inspired by what you hear.

Accessible option: Find objects of different textures: hard, soft, fuzzy, smooth, etc. Interpret these textures with your paintbrush.


7 x 15 inch paper
colored construction paper
some practice paper
glue or glue stick

Drawing is more than using pencils, pens, or crayons. You can draw with only your scissors! Start by practicing with a small piece of paper and cut some straight, curved, diagonal, and zigzag lines. Plan larger shapes that will be placed on the horizontal 9 x 15 inch paper. These shapes will be silhouettes. There is no erasing in drawing with scissors so think and plan ahead.

Let’s create an activity showing several people or animals as silhouettes that are cut with your scissors. The edge of a shape will show details. Background paper can be a paper bag, newspaper, wax paper, whatever you can find – and be creative! Complete your artwork by placing figures on your background paper and glue in place.

Goal: to cut only using scissors, create an activity scene, learn the impact of a silhouette.


watercolor set with brush
one larger soft brush
watercolor paper, 9 x 12 inches or 11 x 16 inches
water container
paper towel

Watercolor is a transparent paint. It is painting more with water and less with pigment. As you add layers of paint, you can see what was painted underneath. Start with wet paper, work quickly, and let’s see what happens as the paint spreads or bleeds. Practice dots, dabs & swipes with different parts of your brush. Before you change to a new color, GIVE YOUR BRUSH A BATH! Dots are made with the point of your brush, dabs with the side of your brush. Save your practice papers as backgrounds for Sharpie line and painted shape additions.

Working on dry paper can give different effects. Once again, work quickly and keep that brush washed between color changes! When dry, use your wet painting paper as background to add new shapes.

After you practice and learn to plan ahead, larger paintings can be done outside as landscapes or flower portraits.

Goal:   introduction to watercolor techniques, explore, create and practice, practice, practice!


15 x 15 inch heavy paper or cardboard
Variety of 15 x 15 inch papers
Textured items from around your home

This week let’s create a textured self portrait. There are two kinds of texture: visual texture (that you can see) and tactile texture (that you can feel). Start by collecting lots of tactile materials. What kinds of paper can you find around your home? Look for parchment, wax paper, paper towels in the kitchen plus copy paper, newspaper, tissues . . . whatever plus cardboard just for starters!

Use the 15 x 15 inch heavy paper or cardboard as the base. What shapes will you need for head, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, hair and other details? Start creating large shapes then medium then small.

Cut or tear your large head shape. Materials can be folded, crumpled or combined in innovative ways. Be imaginative as you cut, tear, shape and glue layered materials in place.

Goal: to layer materials large to small, emphasizing use of tactile texture


9 x 12 inch drawing paper
charcoal pencil or one color of crayon
three or five objects for still life

Still life means things that do not move. It’s fun to set up your own still life for drawing. Arrange three or five objects together on a table. Larger things go in back with smaller items overlapping in front. Take time to look at your still life before starting to draw. Which thing can you see as a whole object? Start with a line to draw the edge of the whole object. Continue working to add each object. Watch for overlapping of shapes. When your line comes to a shape you have already drawn, stop and find another shape to add to your drawing. All done? Try to add just a few more textures, shading, or details for accents.

Goal: to set up your own still life, simple line drawing with overlapping.


paper 12” x 12”
assorted papers
glue or glue stick

In lots of artwork you do not always see whole shapes. Sometimes one shape covers part of another shape. This is called OVERLAPPING.

Work with any solid color or patterned paper you can find. Start by cutting or tearing both large and small paper shapes. Parts of magazine photos or ads are a good source. Make more shapes than you think you need.

Look at all your shapes and choose one that will be your center of interest. Place it on your 12” x 12” paper without gluing it down. Add more shapes, overlapping some. Smaller shapes can be used as accents. Keep in mind the positive and negative space of your artwork, working to have more of one and less of the other.

This is a good time to move your shapes around to create your most interesting artwork. When you think “I’m almost done,” it’s a good time to start gluing all your shapes in place. And be sure to remember overlapping.

Goal:   To place shapes to include overlapping, center of interest, and accents in your collage.


crayon pieces without paper covering
watercolor set
large grocery bag; cut off the entire plain side to use
recycled stuff: papers, foil, wrapping paper, string, twigs, straws,
and lots more . . .

Recycled materials make creative WEFT for weaving! Ready to start weaving?

Try to make a color or texture connection between warp and weft as you weave. Artists create great art out of recycled, repurposed materials. Let’s give it a try!

Weaving is fun and can begin with simple plain weave. That’s when you start row one with OVER, UNDER, OVER, UNDER, OVER . . . working to the end of the row.

Row two is just the opposite: UNDER, OVER, UNDER, OVER . . . to the end. You repeat these two rows to make the weaving piece.

Weaving needs a WARP to hold the WEFT what is woven into it.

Prepare the WARP first: on large grocery bag piece of paper, use crayons or watercolors or both together to create large areas of color for background.

Cut ¾” – 1 “ strips from bottom of paper up toward top. STOP CUTTING one inch before top of paper.

Goal:   To combine found materials, recycling them into new, creative artwork.


12” x 18” paper
pencil, sharpie, charcoal pencil, or crayon
drawing board or heavy piece of cardboard

Many times we draw using our imagination, today we are going to do observational drawing, that’s drawing what you look at and recording what you see.

Take your art materials outside and find a tree in your yard or close by the in the neighborhood.

Sit far enough away so you can see the whole tree. Close one eye, use your hand to follow the shape of the trunk, working up through branches to the leaves, and maybe even some flower, seed pods or dried leaves!

Choose one drawing tool, begin from the bottom up with lines to shape the tree.

Continue drawing to build large shapes, fine details, and textures. Continue to observe and create a large portrait of your tree.

Goal: use observation to draw including lines, shapes and textures.


12” x 12” paper

Crayons can be used in a wide variety of ways – drawing, marking, rubbing – to make lines, shapes, color mixtures and textures. What do crayons look like? Big and small, some have sharp points, dull points, no paper on them at all. And they all work!

Explore with your crayons, working artistically until your artwork reaches all four edges of your paper.

Goal: to include lines, shapes, colors and textures.

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