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.


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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