Art-making activities

Inspired by works of art featured in the Masterpiece Moment video series, these activities prompt you to explore materials and techniques, find creative solutions to challenges, and respond to big ideas and questions in personally relevant ways.

All Masterpiece Moment learning strategies + activities

All Masterpiece Moment activities promote critical thinking, shared inquiry, and creative expression

Art-making Activities

How would you enhance your space?
How would you enhance your space?

Consider your own surroundings and how you might enhance them through the decoration of a particular space, just like Léger’s and Matisse’s murals did for the fireplaces in the Rockefeller apartment

Is it a painting or a sculpture?
Is it a painting or a sculpture?

Carry out your own investigation of the relationship between painting and sculpture, like Frank Stella in Protractor, Variation I

What can I learn from making a self-portrait?
What can I learn from making a self-portrait?

Explore the value of self-portraiture and experiment with making your own self-portrait, like Frida Kahlo and Rembrandt van Rijn

What values do we want to protect most?
What values do we want to protect most?

Use the format of chess to create your own version of the game that reflects and reinforces the unique values of your school classroom or community

How do you give materials new meaning?
How do you give materials new meaning?

Use found objects to create an artwork that offers a reflection on a topic from today’s society that is of personal importance to you, inspired by Thornton Dial in Crossing Waters