Arts Resources for Families Stuck at Home

 In The CAPE Blog

As school districts, community centers, libraries, and museums across the country close their doors in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many parents and guardians are now faced with the challenge of finding ways to engage and nurture the children in their care, full time and largely from home. To that end, CAPE has begun collecting arts resources for families stuck at home. Most of these resources do require internet access, but many of those will work on cell phones and wifi-enabled tablets. (Click here to learn more about Comcast’s efforts to provide internet access to families during the pandemic)

If you find any creative ideas to add to our list of arts resources for families stuck at home, please leave them in the comments and we’ll update the list as often as possible. Please also check out our new CAPE Online Learning Hub, which is packed with interesting videos on topics ranging from music instruction and math to yarn art and cooking, all made by our CAPE teachers and teaching artists, or download some pages from SPACES, a coloring book of art by CAPE teaching artists.

Digital Learning and Activities

  • The Exploratorium in San Francisco, founded by Frank Oppenheimer, has a large collection of online learning activities, lessons, and printables
  • BBC’s cbeebies site includes learning games, videos, and more, including many en Español
  • BBC’s School Radio offers dance, music, and other content in a variety of formats. The BBC also has podcasts for kids
  • Common Sense Media also has a list of some excellent podcasts for children that are entertaining and informative
  • #ColorOurCollections has hundreds of images from international museums that you can print and color at home

Interactive Art Tools

Some fun and interesting online art tools our staff enjoys. These can be deeply immersive or just pass a few minutes for those with busy fingers and short attention spans:
  • Draw beautiful abstract pieces at Weave Silk
  • Interact with an array of coded virtual spaces at
  • Play with lines, shapes, and time at bomomo

Digital Collections & Interactive Exhibitions

Many art museums around the world now offer digital access to their collections and even digital tours of their halls.

Live and Interactive Streams

Many music organizations are beginning to launch live streams of their scheduled performances. If you know of more, send them our way!

We would love to see this list grow. If you find similar things your kids are over the moon for, please include a link in the comments sections so we can keeping adding new ideas for arts resources for families stuck at home.

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  • Ellen Priest

    For whatever reason, I landed on your website from a link at the Delaware Division of the Arts. I’d like to add a resource to your list.

    Eyeball It!® is a unique studio art program for children ages 7-12 to do at home with a parent/adult. Eyeball It! can also be adapted for groups, after-school programs, scout troops, public libraries, etc. who do not have a teaching artist on staff. The program is individualized, scalable, available by Internet, guidable by any adult with kids, and completely free of any fees.

    Its goals are to build creative thinking and problem-solving, and to allow children to develop their own voice as artists with the help of an engaged adult. Projects are multi-stage and cover painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and clay. More projects will be added each year. Written and developed by Ellen Priest, abstract painter and Delaware resident, and funded through her Sponsored Project at Fractured Atlas.

    Since Eyeball It!® is online, free and already exists, it may be useful right now in a new way. WDDE is the public radio station in Delaware. They interviewed Priest recently and aired this piece Friday April 10:

    Also, the Eyeball It!® website is getting a redesign to make it more visual, fun, engaging (for the adults especially!!). Expect to launch in early May.

  • Robin

    In addition to the Art Institute’s collection pages, there are two AIC resources that could be useful for families at home:

    For multimedia resources, including videos and interactive features about works of art

    JourneyMaker is a tool that allows families to explore the collection together, create custom ‘journeys’ through the collection, and engaging in create responses activities inspired by works of art. It was designed for in-museum use but can be used at home for imagined adventures to the museum from home.

    • CAPE Staff

      Thank you for sharing these links, Robin!

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