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 over 70 downloadable MCD@Home projects below and get creating!
This project incorporates natural light, color, geometry, and architecture elements for a version of a stained glass window that will make sunlight dance!Learn More >>
Join MCD and our featured artist Dolores Gray as we explore Native American concepts of “total use” and spirit totems.Learn More >>
Learn how to turn any old, broken, or unwanted objects into intriguing free-standing sculptures and installations.Learn More >>
Learn how to transform your cardboard clutter into a strong and versatile sculpting material with just a few simple steps.Learn More >>
These project prompts encourage you to create art through the process of gathering and arranging materials– without utilizing any additional tools or supplies.Learn More >>
Use different papers, recycled materials, and more to tailor custom containers for all your special someones.Learn More >>
Race against the clock and see how quickly you can build a majestic hourglass of your own.Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>
With temperatures heating up, it’s the perfect time to make a crafty splash with paper mache jellyfish!Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>