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Art Explorers on Demand

Can't make it in to see us? Children can still have fun with us virtually with our storytime videos covering a theme. Each theme will also contain activities and a suggested reading list. Children will also be able to explore our virtual exhibitions related to the theme.

Theme: Being an Artist

Storytime Featured Stories

Maybe something beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell; illustrated by Rafael López.

The artist who painted a blue horse by Eric Carle.

Featured Exhibition

Explore our online exhibition Confronting Greatness: A Celebration of Women Artists

Suggested Activity

10 Easy Painting Ideas for Kids

Supplies needed:

  • White paper 
  • Plastic fork
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Bubble wrap
  • Pencil

Additional suggested readings

  • Art by Patrick McDonnell.
  • Dog loves drawing by Louise Yates.
  • Anywhere artist by Nikki Slade Robinson.
  • I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow.

Theme: Feelings

Storytime Featured Stories

I'm happy-sad today: making sense of mixed-together feelings / Lory Britain; illustrated by Matthew Rivera. Author: Britain, Lory, author. Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 9781631983054

How do dinosaurs say I'm mad? / Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague.
Author: Yolen, Jane. Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 9780545143158

Featured Exhibition

Explore our online exhibition Miserere: Plea for Mercy

Suggested Activity

Let's Make Emotion Masks!

Supplies needed:

  • white paper
  • pencil or black marker
  • crayons
  • glue
  • scissors

Additional suggested readings

Little Mole finds hope / by Glenys Nellist ; illustrated by Sally Garland.
Author: Nellist, Glenys, 1959- author. Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 9781506448749

Breathing makes it better: a book for sad days, mad days, glad days, and all the feelings in-between / Christopher Willard and Wendy O'Leary ; illustrated by Alea Marley.
Author: Willard, Christopher (Psychologist), author. Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 9781611804690

Crying is like the rain : a story of mindfulness and feelings / Heather Hawk Feinberg ; illustrated by Chamisa Kellogg.
Author: Feinberg, Heather Hawk, 1975- author. Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 9780884487234

What could that be? / by Reza Dalvand ; [English translation by Baobab Books].
Author: Dalvand, Reza, 1989- author, illustrator. Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 9781338530193

Theme: The Joy of Music

Storytime Featured Stories

Mole music / written and illustrated by David McPhail.
Publication Date: 1999 | ISBN:9780805067668

I got the rhythm / Connie Schofield-Morrison; illustrated by Frank Morrison.
Publication Date: 2014 | ISBN: 9781619631786

Featured Exhibition

Explore our online exhibition Sacred Songs: Antiphonals & Illuminations

Suggested Activity

DIY Rainstick

Supplies needed:

  • Duct tape
  • Construction paper
  • Recycled paper towel roll
  • Aluminum foil
  • Choose one corn kernels, rice or small noodles / or mix (optional)

Maracas

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper or light cardstock
  • Glue stick
  • Popsicle stick
  • Rice
  • Decorative tape (optional)

Additional suggested readings

The Music of Life / Louis Thomas. Publication Date: 2020 | ISBN: 9780374303150

Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa make music / by Michael Genhart; illustrated by Priscilla Burris. Publication Date: 2020 | ISBN: 9781433830747

Music is... / words, sounds & pictures by Stephen T Johnson. Publication Date: 2020 | ISBN: 9781416999508

My family plays music / by Judy Cox; illustrated by Elbrite Brown. Publication Date: 2018 | ISBN: 9780823440399

Music! / Carol Thompson. Publication Date: 2017 | ISBN: 9781846439612

Theme: Visiting an Art Museum

Storytime Featured Stories

Mouseterpiece: A mouse-sized guide to modern art by Jane Breskin Zalben

Suggested Activity

We suggest that you spend a few minutes reviewing any of the You Tube videos listed below, before you start a project. Children can create their own exhibition and hang completed projects in their rooms.

Easy Paper Mouse Craft for Kids

Easy Paper Mouse Puppet Craft DIY - Advanced Mouse

Easy Handprint Turkey Craft

Instructions as follows:
(1) Lay right or left hand flat on the surface of the paper and spread fingers apart.
(2) Draw an outline of the child's hand.
(3) The thumb will serve as the turkey's head and neck. Draw eye, headdress, etc.
(4) Draw straight lines from the bottom of the turkey to form legs and feet.
(5) Color the turkey's headdress and feathers.

Supplies needed:

  • Construction paper or light cardstock
  • Glue
  • Pencils
  • Children's safety scissors
  • Crayons

Additional suggested readings

Anna at the Art Museum by Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert, illustrated by Lil Crump

Arlo’s ARTrageous Adventure by David LaRochelle

Booming Bella by Carol Ann Williams

Imagine by Raul Colon

Matthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni

Mouseterpiece: A mouse-sized guide to modern art by Jane Breskin Zalben

Seen Art? By Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

Simon at the Art Museum by Christina Soontornvat

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the National Art Gallery by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, illustrated by Robin Glasser

Theme: Travel

Storytime Featured Stories

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books), by Marjorie Priceman (Author)

Featured Exhibition

Explore our online exhibition Travel Posters and the World Wars

Suggested Activity

LET'S MAKE A TRAVEL POSTER  - WELCOME TO OHIO

Children can create a travel poster welcoming visitors to Ohio (or any destination of their choice).

We suggest that you spend a few minutes reviewing any of the YouTube Videos listed below before
you get started with the collage project:

Fall Collage Kids Craft (9:49 mins)
Making a Landscape Collage (3:40 mins)
How to Create a Collage for Kids 2:07

Supplies:
White sheet of paper or cardboard (foundation for poster)
Construction Paper
Tissue Paper
Glue
Images from old magazines (optional)
Plastic safety scissors (optional)

Last step take a photo of your finished collage and post it on social media with #muamfromhome and #muamartexplorers

Additional suggested readings

Crêpes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
Emma’s Turtle by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Marsha Winborn
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer
This is Ireland by Miroslav Sasek
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek 
A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

Theme: Light

Storytime Featured Stories

Ray By Marianna Coppo

Featured Exhibition

Explore our online exhibition Chasing Light

Suggested Activity

 

Additional suggested readings

The Dark and the Light by Kerstin Hau, illustrated by Julie Völk 

Day Light, Night Light by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Stacey Schuett

Fight the Night by Tomie DePaola

Light by Donald Crews

Light by Jane Breskin Zalben

My Light by Molly Bang

Night Light by Nicholas Blechman

Oscar and the Moth: A book about light and dark by Geoff Waring