A young girl holds a paintbrush and leans over a colorful table

Education Resources

We have a wealth of educational resources for educators, homeschooling families, and caregivers who are looking to infuse some artistic play into free time at home. Use the filters below to find resources for a variety of age groups, ranging from shorter activities to full lessons. We are updating this page every week with new activities for you!

Art Activities

These imaginative and fun activities, paired with artworks from our collection, are intended for all ages as a creative way to engage with art.

Lesson Plans

The lessons throughout Reading Art Like Text examine the intersection of text and image through examples drawn from Carnegie Museum of Art’s online collection. Lessons in this interdisciplinary curriculum engage K–12 students in the subject areas of English language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science. Many of the questions throughout, long used by museum educators, support the practice of close reading and analytical thinking as prescribed in the Common Core State Standards. This resource is intended to help teachers incorporate art into their teaching practice in ways that address those standards. Teachers should feel free to adapt these lessons to their particular needs.

*Disclaimer: All images are to be used for in-classroom, educational purposes only. Any reproduction of these images, including on the web, requires additional written permission from Carnegie Museum of Art and any applicable copyright holders.


A deer rummages through a motel mini fridge

Activity: Explore Doug Aitken’s migration (empire)

We have a series of fun, family-friendly activities inspired by Doug Aitken’s migration (empire) for you!

A wide armchair made of steel mesh

Activity: Where Will You Go?

Design your own chair inspired by Shiro Kuramata’s How High the Moon in today’s art activity!

Combined abstract shapes and patterns and bold, flat areas of color repeat throughout the canvas

Activity: Finding Rhythms in Art and Music

In this art activity, make an abstract artwork inspired by your favorite song!

A black-and-white aerial photograph of the city of Pittsburgh looks down on a cluster of skyscrapers.

Activity: Our City

Imagine a bird’s eye view of the place where you live, inspired by the aerial photographs of Pittsburgh taken by famous photographer Margaret Bourke-White!

Twenty-five photographs of moths are composed in a five –by-five grid.

Activity: Collect and Compose

In today’s art activity, collect and compose objects you like in the style of Emmet Gowin’s moth compositions.