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 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.

A man wearing a hat, long tunic, and large round tinted glasses looks directly ahead, arms raised and out of the frame. 

Activity: Fame in Art and Social Media 

In today’s art activity, we are exploring ideas of fame through Ed Paschke’s artwork.

A brightly-colored artwork employs flowers and intricate patterns to create a kaleidoscopic effect.

Activity: Create Your Own Kaleidoscopic Artwork

Create your own kaleidoscopic artwork inspired by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes in today’s art activity.

In a large room, one man is seated, and a boy is standing facing him. Both figures are playing violins and a stand with sheet music is set up behind them.

Activity: Recollecting with Hedda Stern

Spend some time exploring objects that are connected to important memories in your life in this art activity.