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.

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.

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.