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Explore a variety of at-home, hands-on projects developed in tandem with MCD’s exhibitions, local artists, and partner organizations. This all-ages archive is continually growing, featuring easily accessible materials, links to related reading and videos, and exciting opportunities to expand beyond the parameters of each project with creative prompts for more. 

Our downloadable templates encourage you to print instructions and unplug so you can craft and design unhindered by screens!


Since the summer of 2020, MCD has been partnering with artists and community collaborators to create new content for at-home projects based on the themes, concepts, and, materials found within the museum’s signature programs and exhibitions. Check out our MCD@Home projects below and get creating!

JD Green’s Textile Transformations

Joseph “JD” Green from Creativity Explored (CE) guides us through the process of tie-dying with bleach.

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black and white newspaper

Newspaper Architecture

Build architectural structures with newspaper tubes!

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Embroidering a picture of a flower onto felt.

Katherine Finn-Gamino’s Embroidered Flowers

Creativity Explored Artist Kathy Finn-Gamino teaches us how to make embroidered felt flowers!

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Creative Growth artists Tanisha Warren, Monica Valentine, and Christine Szeto as well as select pieces of their art.

Textile Treasures

Get to know the artists of Creative Growth, an Oakland non-profit dedicated to bringing artists with disabilities into the contemporary art space.

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Closet Repurposing

Closet Repurposing Sponsored by RECOMMENDED AGE LEVEL Recommended for ages 6 and up with adult supervision. PROJECT DESCRIPTION This project is inspired by the artists exhibited in Mode Brut and...

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Food coloring and eye dropper and sponge

Time Sponges

This activity accelerates the process of time and adds bursts of color to compressed sponges (both natural and synthetic!), which uniquely reflect the fusion between the artist’s intent and the environmental forces at play. 

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Color Catchers

Color Catcher

This project incorporates natural light, color, geometry, and architecture elements for a version of a stained glass window that will make sunlight dance!

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Spirit Animal Totem

Spirit Totem

Join MCD and our featured artist Dolores Gray as we explore Native American concepts of “total use” and spirit totems.

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Awesome Assemblage

Awesome Assemblage

Learn how to turn any old, broken, or unwanted objects into intriguing free-standing sculptures and installations.

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Ripped cardboard

Cardboard Paper Mache

Learn how to transform your cardboard clutter into a strong and versatile sculpting material with just a few simple steps.

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Land Art

Forage Art

These project prompts encourage you to create art through the process of gathering and arranging materials– without utilizing any additional tools or supplies.

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A heart-shaped red box with a gold glitter top

Bespoke Heart

Use different papers, recycled materials, and more to tailor custom containers for all your special someones.

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Hand holding an hourglass

Sands of Time

Race against the clock and see how quickly you can build a majestic hourglass of your own.

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Map of San Francisco Bay Area

Recognizing Bay Area Roots

Use clay (foraged or purchased!) or homemade salt dough to create a 3D puzzle map exploring the pre-Columbian history of San Francisco and its neighboring regions.

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Loom and a jumble of yarn

Wall Woven Calendar

Create a textile of a period of time – be it a week, month, or year – by adding a different piece of material to a weaving loom or frame each day.

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Jellyfish swimming

Jammin’ Jellyfish

With temperatures heating up, it’s the perfect time to make a crafty splash with paper mache jellyfish!

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Red crystal rock candy texture

Love Rocks

Imagine love crystalizing and growing with this sweet project!

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A patchwork of different colored squares

Imagining Pi

March 14th is International Pi Day! In honor of this mystical symbol—and in tandem with the virtual exhibition, Imagining Data—take a deep dive into the complex, irrational, and beautiful world of pi.

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Blue cyanotype of leaf

Blue Where

With this kit, you will use premade sunprint paper and weeds found near your home to experiment with the cyanotype process, documenting place, and creative pattern design.

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Color ice cubes on and hand reaching out to one white cloth

Sensory Salt

We see the effects of natural processes all around us– like plants sprouting up outside and sun rays bleaching surface areas. “Design by Time” leverages these forces, working with ‘Time as Creator’, to demonstrate how materials change over time when exposed to environmental conditions.

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Paper motorcycle goggles

Glowing Moto Goggles

Whether incorporating a moto theme into this year’s Halloween costume, or just sprucing up your everyday riding gear, these glowing goggles will give you some extra funky flair.

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Green and white swirled paint

Marbled Bottles

Bring beautiful new life to old recycled bottles. Plus, thin out your nail polish supply as a part of the quarantine clutter purge!

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bean bags made out of different color ballons and tied at top

DIY Bean Bags

Create your own bean bags from materials you probably already have in your house.

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Flower Crown made from color tissue paper close up

Paper Flower Crowns

Celebrate the flora of Mother Earth with these paper flower crowns–inspired by San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers and the upcoming 150 year anniversary of Golden Gate Park.

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DIY Spirograph

Create your own household version of a spirograph and read more about its engineering and history! In honor of Earth Day, get inspired by this video illustration of the Earth and Venus orbiting around the Sun.  

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Mobile MakeArt at Phoenix Day

October 17 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mobile MakeArt: Tenderloin SPark

October 20 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

MCD Library MakeArt: Hand Woven Wall Hangings

November 10 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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