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.


Eight people from the 1800s–men, women, and children–crowd around a Post Office door. Off to the right and left of the door, men are standing on the steps reading while young children attempt to get their attention to sell them newspapers. 

Lesson: Report on a Scene

Use David Gilmour Blythe’s Post Office as inspiration for writing a journalistic report on this scene from the 1800s in this art lesson.

A twisted, tall glass vase with a small mouth.

Activity: Explore Form and Function with Vases

Take a digital tour of four vases in our collection and explore the concepts of form and function in this activity!

Four people are depicted in this painting swimming quickly through the water.

Activity: Depicting Motion with Carlo Carrà

Let’s get moving! This activity is focused on depicting motion in painting, inspired by a work by Carlo Carrà.

A black and white photo of a brush laid across a roll of tape, both sitting on top of a newspaper.

Activity: Make a Still Life Photograph

This art activity is all about composition. Make a still life photograph inspired by Johnstown, Pennsylvania-born photographer Luke Swank.

Packaging for Goat Chow is featured in a screen-printed artwork. The packaging is torn open and covered with checkered tape and illustrations of four goats.

Activity: Make Art from Everyday Packaging

Take a close look at Robert Rauschenberg’s Goat Chow for this art activity. We’ll use it as inspiration to make our own artworks from everyday packaging.