Adventures in Art for All Ages

Last updated: February 20, 2024, at 11:27 a.m. PT

Originally published: February 9, 2024, at 9:05 a.m. PT

Young child painting flowers

From painting masterpieces to crafting unique sculptures, these engaging activities will inspire artistic expression in every family member, allowing you to go on an adventure in art together.

1. DIY Canvas Painting Party

Transform your living room into an art studio for a do-it-yourself canvas painting party. Set up easels and paints – or pull out some simple paper and coloring tools. Choose a theme or let each family member paint their interpretation of a favorite memory. Don't forget to celebrate the finished masterpieces with a mini gallery walk.

2. Nature Collage Scavenger Hunt

Combine the beauty of the outdoors with artistic expression by organizing a nature collage scavenger hunt. Head to your backyard or a nearby park to collect leaves, flowers, and twigs. Use them to create stunning collages.

3. Recycled Art Sculptures

Turn household recyclables into unique art sculptures. Gather items like cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and newspapers. Challenge your family to create sculptures inspired by their favorite animals or fictional characters.

4. Storybook Illustration Challenge 

Bring favorite stories to life through an illustration challenge. Select a beloved book and ask each family member to illustrate their favorite scene or character. Need some book ideas? Check out Time Magazine's Top 100 Children’s Booklist.

5. Do-It-Yourself Tie-Dye Adventure

Transform plain white shirts into vibrant works of art with a do-it-yourself tie-dye adventure. Choose various colors and patterns, and let each family member design their shirt. Tie-dye kits are a great way to get started. 

6. Artistic Memory Jars 

Capture and display family memories with artistic memory jars. Decorate glass jars with paint, markers, or decoupage techniques. Fill the jars with small items like tickets, notes, or trinkets that hold sentimental value. This ongoing project becomes a visual time capsule, reminding your family of shared experiences. 

7. Mosaic Madness 

Explore the world of mosaic art by creating vibrant mosaic designs. Use colored paper, tiles, or recycled magazines to create colorful patterns. Check out this simple mosaic craft to try.

8. Family Art Exhibition 

Wrap up your "adventures in art" with a family art exhibition. Arrange the completed artworks around your home or dedicate a specific space for a mini gallery. Invite family and friends to view the exhibition, sharing stories and inspirations behind each piece.