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Programming at Kemper Museum offers educational opportunities for all ages to explore modern and contemporary art. 

While Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is temporarily closed to support Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), there are simple ways to create art with items found around your home!

Click on any of the below video links for a step-by-step tutorial of an art project inspired by a work of art from Kemper Museum's Permanent Collection.

Share your creations on social media using the hashtags #KCVirtualPlaydates and #KemperMuseum and we’ll share them with others!

Virtual Playdate: Wrapped Objects

Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude were known for creating large-scale site-specific outdoor installations. Often, they would wrap large buildings, landmarks, and landscapes in fabric, for example the sidewalks of Loose Park in Kansas City, the entire Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, and trees in Riehen, Switzerland. As well, they wrapped smaller objects such as a chair, a telephone, and a motorcycle. After exploring artwork by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection archive, you will create your own wrapped object inspired by their work!

Running time: 01:00

Project Steps:    
1. Explore the artwork of Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection:
-Wrapped Motorcycle/Sidecar, Project for Harley-Davidson 1933 VL Mode
-Wrapped Walk Ways, Jacob Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri 
These are sketches and plans for imagined projects. Christo and Jeanne-Claude would sell these types of artworks to raise money for their large-scale site-specific installations. 

2. Gather your materials. You will need an object from around your home, scissors, plastic bags, yarn and/or thread, wire, and fabric. 

3. Use these materials to wrap your object until it is completely covered. Don’t forget to layer!

4. One purpose of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s artwork is to have people experience new ways of seeing the familiar. How has the everyday object you chose for this project changed? 

5. Do you want to go big like Christo and Jeanne-Claude? Wrap something larger such as a table, a chair, or a bike!

Virtual Playdate: Radial Designs

Using natural imagery such as flowers and plants, contemporary artist Ana Maria Hernando often creates artwork that demonstrates radial design. After exploring her work in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection archive, you will create your own radial design using a combination of materials from nature and from around your home. 

Running Time: 00:56

Project Steps:
1. Explore the radial artwork of Ana Maria Hernando in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection:
-Nina Sonando (Young Girl Dreaming)
-Flor Nube I (Cloud Flower I)
Notice that Hernando’s artwork demonstrates radial design, meaning it is organized around and radiates from a central point. 
2. Collect objects and materials from around your home and outside to use to create your own radial design. Make sure you are gathering multiples of each material. For example, if you collect leaves from outside, make sure you collect between five and fifteen. You can use any objects and materials for your radial design, but some suggestions are leaves, flowers, flower petals, rocks, paper shapes, sticks, pinecones, shells, buttons, dried beans, toothpicks, pipe cleaners, Playdough, fruits and vegetables from your kitchen or garden, and lids.  
3. Choose one object as your central point, and place it on a surface of your choice (table, floor, sidewalk, etc…) Place other objects and materials around this object so they radiate out. Don’t forget to experiment with layering! 
4. To document your radial design, take a photo of it. Then, take it all apart and create a new design! 

Virtual Playdate: Monochromatic Collage

A monochromatic color scheme includes all the shades and tints of a color. Tints are created when you add white, making the color lighter, and shades are created when you add black, making the color darker. After exploring monochromatic art in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection archive, you will use materials and objects from around your home to create your own monochromatic collage!

Running Time: 01:00

Project Steps:
1. Explore examples of monochromatic art in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection:
-I-SF: SK-ED by Josef Albers 
-Steelhead 1 by Dan Christensen
2. Go on a monochromatic color hunt! Walk around your home and collect materials and objects that are all the same color. Gather a combination of art materials such as paper, paint, markers, and yarn and stuff that normally would be thrown away or recycled such as cereal boxes, newspaper, magazines, lids, and junk mail. 
3. Cut, arrange, layer, and glue your materials onto a surface of your choice (paper, canvas, cardboard, etc…), and admire your monochromatic masterpiece! 

Virtual Playdate: Experimental Crayon Rubbings

Bernard Pfriem created a series of textured black crayon lithograph rubbings. Experiment with different ways of creating your own layered crayon rubbings inspired by Pfriem’s works using materials from outside and  around your home such as sandpaper and leaves. First you will make your own textured rubbing plates, then you will use them to create an abstract sculpture using a toilet paper tube for your base!

Running Time: 02:11

Project Steps:
1. Explore the following artworks by Bernard Pfrieum, which can be found in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection:
-Rubbing # 1
-Rubbing # 2
-Rubbing # 3
-Rubbing # 4
-Rubbing # 5
-Rubbing # 6
2. Go on a texture hunt! Collect objects and materials from outside and around your home which have different textures ––for example leaves, sandpaper, and cardboard ––then gather your other materials. You will need cardboard, glue, paper (different colors if possible), crayons, scrap paper, a toilet paper tube, scissors, a stapler, and clear tape. 
3. Cut your cardboard into a bunch of rectangles or squares. These will be the base for your texture plates. Use liquid glue to “draw” lines and shapes onto several of the pieces of cardboard. Let these dry. Cut out different lines and shapes from scrap paper and glue them onto the rest of the pieces of cardboard. 
*Note: if you do not have cardboard or chipboard, you can use thick paper or even wood for your base. Another option is using cardboard boxes from food products such as cereal or pasta. 
4. When everything is dry, it’s time to create some crayon rubbings! Place a piece of paper over one of your texture plates. Hold the crayon on its side, with all the paper peeled off, and rub the crayon on the paper. Watch as the texture appears! Experiment with using different texture plates and textured materials (such as leaves) on one piece of paper, and don’t forget to layer!
5. When you have a lot of different papers filled with textured crayon rubbings, cut them up into different shapes. 
6. Attach your textured shapes onto the toilet paper tube using clear tape and a stapler (or glue if you don’t have these) to create a beautiful sculpture!

Virtual Playdate: Food Collages

Many artists throughout history have created artwork about food, and contemporary artists are still doing so today! After exploring food art in the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection archive, you will create food collages using images from sources such as grocery store newspaper ads and magazines. 

Running Time: 00:57

Project Steps:
1. Explore the following artworks:
-Paramount Selection by Peter Anton
-Untitled (Chloe Cake) by Jaimie Warren
-Brandy Glass and Egg by Tom Gregg
-Cakes & Pies by Wayne Thiebaud 
-Fourth of July by Janet Fish
-Pink Lady Pond by Robert W. Stark III
2. Gather your materials. You will need scissors, a glue stick, paper, and grocery store newspaper ads or other sources of food images such as magazines or old recipe books. 
3. Go through the grocery store ads, magazines, etc…, and cut out images of food. Cut out a lot of images so you can make more than one collage! If you would like, also cut out non-food images such as people and animals, and cut out colorful shapes from scrap paper.
4. Arrange and glue the images onto pieces of paper or other surfaces of your choice to create different food collages.

Virtual Playdate: Aluminum Foil Monoprinting

Artist Dale Chihuly is famous for his blown glass sculptures, however he also creates colorful and energetic works on paper using paint, watercolors, ink, pencil, charcoal, and graphite. For this project, you will use Chihuly’s drawings in the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection archive as inspiration to create unique and colorful monoprints using aluminum foil as the printing plate. Then, watch how to create a window installation with your prints!

Running Time: 00:51

Project Steps:
1. Explore the following drawings by Dale Chihuly:
     - Monterray Drawing (1996) 
     - Chandelier Drawing (2013)
     - Ireland Drawing (1996)
     - Nuutajfirvi Drawing (1995)
2. Gather the materials needed to create your monoprints. Monoprinting is a type of printmaking in which the design can only be created once (mono means one or single). You will need aluminum foil, paint, paintbrushes, pieces of white paper, and tape. 
3. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil slightly larger than your paper, and place it on a flat surface. Paint a colorful design onto the foil. Do this part pretty quickly so the paint doesn’t dry.
4. Place a piece of paper on top of your painted design and use your hands to press and rub the entire back of the paper. Carefully peel off the paper to reveal your monoprint! 
5. If you would like, keep painting details onto your aluminum foil printing plate (or use a new piece of foil), and use the same paper to create a layered design.
6. When your monoprints are dry, tape them onto a window to create an installation. How are the monoprints different with light shining through them?

Virtual Playdate: Reimagined Animals

After exploring animals in Kemper Museum’s current exhibitions and Permanent Collection, you will create your own piece of animal art ...but with a twist! What would a hybrid animal look like if you combined one, two, or more animals together? What if you created a creature that was half human (maybe even you!) and half animal? What would an animal look like on a different planet? After watching this video, use your creativity to reimagine your favorite animals as something completely new and different!

Running Time: 00:57

Project Steps:
1. Explore animal art in Kemper Museum’s current exhibitions and Permanent Collection archive:
   a. Spider and Spider I by Louise Bourgeois
   b. In Praise of Prairie Dogs by Judy Chicago 
   c. Ahulani by Deborah Butterfield  
   d. Chameleon by Micheal Lucero 
2. Gather your materials. You will need cardboard food boxes (cereal, pasta, etc…), paint, paintbrushes, drawing materials such as crayons and markers, scrap paper, scissors, and glue. 
3. Deconstruct the food boxes so they lie flat. Paint them different colors. Add patterns if you would like. 
4. Use paint and drawing materials to add color and patterns to the scrap paper. 
5. After everything is dry, cut up and use these materials to create your reimagined animal. What animals do you think the teacher in the video combined together to create their hybrid creature?
6. Think about what more you can do with your re-imagined animal!
   a. Write a story, poem, or play about the animal. 
   b. On the back of the animal, tape a pencil, popsicle stick, or a dowel rod to turn it into a puppet.
   c. Create a setting for your animal. Where does the animal live? Does it live somewhere on earth, on a different planet, or a place in your imagination?

Virtual Playdate: Experimental Mark-Making

Mark-making refers to the lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures artists create in their work. Marks can be made using a variety of tools with materials such as (but not limited to) paint, ink, pencil, markers, a digital paint tool, and scratches on materials such as clay or plaster. They can be loose, gestural, controlled, or neat and they often evoke emotions. For this project, you will create a torn-paper collage using papers filled with different types of marks created with tools and materials from outside and around your home such as branches, q-tips, kitchen utensils, leaves, and even coffee!

Running Time: 00:52

Project Steps:
1. Collect materials from outside and around your home to create your tools such as small branches, leaves, flowers, q-tips, cotton balls, kitchen utensils, rubber bands, a coffee cup, tape, scissors, a binder clip or clothespin, and markers. You will also need several pieces of paper (a variety of colors if possible), coffee, and paint. 
2. Discover different types of mark-making by exploring artists in the Permanent Collection of Kemper Museum such as Elaine de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Miguel Rivera, Willem de Kooning, Jennifer Bartlett, José Bedia, Deborah Dancy, Keltie Ferris, Sam Francis, Rashid Johnson, Gilda Snowden, and Phillip Taafe. 
3. Watch the Virtual Playdate video to see how to create a variety of mark-making tools, and then experiment with making different types of marks on paper!
4. When everything is dry, tear your papers up into different shapes. Arrange your pieces onto a piece of paper or surface of your choice and glue them down to create a torn paper collage.

Want to experiment more with mark-making? Visit the Kemper Museum Shop online for sketchbooks and unique drawing materials such as these block crayons, miniature colored pencils, and magic felt pens! All purchases support Kemper Museum’s exhibitions, educational programming, and activities.

Virtual Playdate: Art-astic Eggs

Spring is the perfect time to transform eggs into works of art! For this project, you can use a variety of art materials to decorate eggs inspired by modern and contemporary artists –we chose watercolors!

Running Time: 00:59

Project Steps:
1. Gather your materials. You will need hard-boiled eggs and a variety of other materials from around your home such as glue, scissors, paper, paint, watercolors, crayons, markers, and stickers. 
2. Decorate your eggs using the work of contemporary artists as inspiration by exploring modern and contemporary artists featured in Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection and current exhibitions on view such as Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
3. Now it’s time to decorate! Use the art materials of your choice to transform the eggs into little masterpieces! Are you inspired by Jackson Pollock? Splatter-paint an egg! Do you like how Yayoi Kusama covers her pumpkin sculptures in dots? Cover an egg in dots using stickers, markers, or paint! Do you enjoy Helen Frankenthaler’s color field paintings? Watercolor an egg like in the video!
4. Hide the eggs around your home and/or outside to create an Art-astic Egg Hunt!

Pause the video at the end to see if you think we did a good job designing eggs inspired by the following contemporary artists:
Jackson Pollock
Summer Wheat
Alma Thomas
Helen Frankenthaler
Henri Matisse
Angel Otero
Yayoi Kusama 

Virtual Playdate: Paint Skin Collage

Angel Otero creates large-scale hanging wall installations using paint skins. For this project, you will create your own acrylic paint skins and then create a collage inspired by Otero’s site-specific installation in Kemper Museum’s Atrium, Diario

Running Time: 01:00

Project Steps:
1. Gather your materials. You will need different colors of acrylic paint, parchment paper, scissors, glue, paintbrushes and/or a palette knife, and collage base such as a thick piece of paper or canvas. 
2. Squeeze or pour different colors of acrylic paint onto a piece of parchment paper. Use a paintbrush or palette knife to spread the paint around. You want the paint to be pretty thick! 
3. Let the paint dry overnight (it might take up to 24 hours). 
4. Carefully peel the paint off of the parchment paper. 
5. Use scissors to cut the paint skins into different shapes. 
6. Glue your paint skins onto a thick piece of paper, canvas, or other desired surface to create a paint skin collage! 

Virtual Playdate: Paper Mural Mash-Up

What would it look like if artists Summer Wheat and Frank Stella collaborated and created a piece of art together? Let’s find out! Using the shapes, colors, and patterns found in both Summer Wheat and Frank Stella’s artwork as inspiration, you will create a paper mural on a wall in your home. 

Running Time: 00:57

Project steps:
1. Gather paper from around your home (construction paper, printer paper, newspaper, magazine pages, cardboard, or anything else made of paper you have permission to use) 
2. Cut out different types of large shapes. For inspiration on what shapes to cut out, you can explore the work of these artists using the links above!
3. Use the art materials of your choice (colored pencils, markers, crayons, paint, etc…) and add details to the shapes such as patterns and colors. 
4. Find a blank wall or part of a wall in your home, and tape the shapes onto a wall to create your Paper Mural Mash-up! 

Don’t forget to experiment with layering and ways to make your mural a relief (coming out from the wall) such as bending, twisting, and folding the shapes. Make your mural as large as you’d like! Now, stand back and admire your masterpiece!

Virtual Playdate: Still Life with Attitude

Can’t leave the house? No problem! Anything can be transformed into art! 

A still life, such as Brandy Glass and Eggs by Tom Gregg, is a painting or drawing of arranged objects which are either natural (food, flowers, and plants) or human-made (glassware, books, and vases). For this project, you will bring objects around your home to life by creating and adding abstract body parts and facial features. Then, arrange the objects into your own still life with attitude! 

Running Time: 00:53

Project Steps:
1. Collect objects around your home (fruit, vegetables, vase, mug, ketchup bottle, potted plant, etc…) 
2. Use the art materials of your choice to create abstract body parts and facial features such as eyes, arms, mouths, and noses. 
3. Use tape to attach them onto the objects, bringing them to life! 
4. Arrange the objects into your own still life with attitude!