Art History Lessons and Crafts for Kids

The AD&A Museum’s Education & Outreach Program (EOP) partners with Isla Vista Youth Projects (IVYP) to provide after-school programs on global art history and craft, as a means to promote early interests in art, creativity, and global citizenship. The program is taught by undergraduate art history students through the mentorship and support of the Education & Outreach Program Coordinator.

We are pleased to share some lesson plans created by the 2020–21 Museum Interns with support and guidance from EOP Coordinator Rachel Winter. The lessons range in themes from recycled art and origami to surrealism and women artists. Each lesson includes activities that can be completed with simple craft materials.

Click on the images below to begin!

Recycled Art Lesson

Created and taught by Hanna Zorrilla.

Image: Todd Knopke (b. United States, 1973), Drive (a back and forth through time to save lives), 2010. Thread, photo iron-on transfer, permanent marker, vinyl, chroma Key blue screen. Gift of Joe Barron. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; UC Santa Barbara.

Origami Lesson

Created and taught by Ariana Cuevas.

Image: Akisato Rito (b. Japan, 1776-1830), Hiden senbazuru orikata, 1797. Japan. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Surrealism Lesson

Created and taught by Chloe Babcock.

Image: Chitra Ganesh (b. United States, 1975), Expose: Gravity’s Dream, 2008. 13 color screen print with monotypical background, hand flocking, google eyes, glitter on Coventry Rag, 320 gsm paper, 32/50. Gift of Exit Art, New York. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; UC Santa Barbara. Image courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Women Artists Lesson

Created and taught by Haylee Rosso.

Image: Helen Frankenthaler (b. United States, 1928-2011), What Red Lines Can Do, 1970. Silkscreen. Gift of Betty and Bob Klausner. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; UC Santa Barbara.

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