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.


Activity: Out On A Limb

Compare two works depicting trees and see how different they are—then try your hand at your own creative interpretation of a tree in this art activity!

A black cat lies under a flowering camellia bush. 

Activity: Who is Your Cat Colleague? 

Are you working from home with a cat? Check out some of the feline friends in our collection for some cute Monday motivation and use them as inspiration to profile your own cat colleague for today’s art activity.

An abstract woodcut on paper with a brightly colored background and seven horizontal lines cutting across the artwork.

Activity: Find Patterns Everywhere!

The world is full of beautiful patterns! Explore the patterns in our collection, find and re-create your favorites, and design one of your own in this art activity.

An abstract sculpture features three marble pillars with carved wooden branches extending from the tops of the pillars.

Activity: Create a Sculpture from Natural Materials Inspired by Thaddeus Mosley

Pittsburgh-based artist Thaddeus Mosley makes art with natural materials. Find inspiration in Mosley’s work, Georgia Gate, to make your own sculpture!

A miniature watercolor portrait of a young man drawing his initials on a tree trunk is painted on a circular piece of ivory with a silver gilt frame.

Activity: Make Your Own Miniature

Create your own miniature self-portrait to share with a friend or family member in this art activity.