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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Family-Friendly Art Activities at Home

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2020 – Thursday, Apr. 30, 2020

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Families and educators, look no further for in-home art activities! MFAH teaching artist Rebecca Braziel, mother of four, shares her easy, art-centered curriculum. Find your inspiration for the projects by searching the MFAH art collections.

For families at home right now, what are four different, engaging activities that can be done with children?

1) Applied Learning Based on Objects in Your House My kindergartner was learning about patterns, so we made patterns using blocks, and then drew those patterns.

2) Creative Writing Using the Senses To practice writing sentences, we sat outside and spent a few minutes listening, looking, and smelling. Then we wrote sentences about what we observed. Last, we drew a picture representing each sentence.

3) “Careful Looking” Activities One of my favorite things to ask children when they’re looking at art is simply, “What do you see?” They are used to being told what things are, so they seem to blossom once given the opportunity to contribute their ideas. For example, look at a work of art on the MFAH website and ask your child to simply describe it. “What do you see? How does it makes you feel? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?” Simple questions go a long way, and parents don’t need to have the answers.

4) Music and Dancing Music really sets the mood, so it’s a great tool for letting kids know it’s time to get up and move around, or it’s time to relax. Our current playlist for dancing includes “Animal” by Neon Trees, “Swan Song” by Dua Lipa, and “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons. For relaxing we listen to “Wonderwall” by Zella Day, “Come Out and Play” by Billie Eilish, and “Cursive” by Billie Marten.

Additional Tips
• When making art at home, I like to commit to one activity that we’ll all do, but at varied degrees of difficulty. I try to make it feel like an exciting event. Everyone uses the same supplies: The baby may be scribbling with a pencil and paper while the older kids work on drawings.

• Have an idea of what you want the kids to do. Think ahead of time about what the activity will be.

• Parents, always remember that children learn from watching you, so give a quick demo of whatever you’re asking them to do. And have fun!

 

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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