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You don't need to have a closet full of art supplies at home to create and enjoy these activities. Get creative and use the materials you have on hand!

Art Making Activities

The projects below are inspired by different artworks and objects in The Ringling collection and are suitable for all ages. We are working on optimizing all of these projects for you to do at home, but in the meantime we invite you to get creative if you don't have the same supplies on hand! Watch Kallie do some of these activities in our Quick Craft tutorials on Youtube. 

Art Basics / Arte Básico
Pattern - blank paper, dot stickers or shapes, colored pencils - Actividad de patrón en español
Texture - brown paper bag, objects with texture, drawing paper, pencils - Actividad de texturas en español
Space - template, colored pencils, crayon, or markers
Shape and Form - template, pencil or colored pencils - Actividad de siluetas y formas en español
Line Vocabulary - paper and pencil, template optional - Actividad de lineas en español
Color Wheel Painting - color wheel template, red, yellow, and blue paint, and a paintbrush - Actividad de color en español
Circus Arts / Arte de Circo
Circus Costume Design - colored pencils, crayons, or markers. Watch a Quick Craft tutorial on Youtube - Actividad de diseñador de vestuario en español
Circus Poster Design - blank paper, colored pencils, crayons, or markers - Actividad de carteles del circo en español
Clown Makeup - template, scissors, crayons or colored pencils
Circus Postcard - template, printer, scissors, glue, markers
Create a Family Business  - pencil and paper
Circus Route Planning - printed handout (if printer available) and marker
Circus Physics - pencil and calculator
Trapeze Artists - template, crayons, string, tape, smoothie straw
Circus Steam | Arts | Circus Backyard - circus posters, circus act materials such as hula hoops or juggling scarves
Circus STEAM | Science | Compressed Air Cannons - thick plastic bottle, scissors, latex balloon, duct or masking tape
Circus STEAM | Science | Circus Catapult - 10 Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, bottle cap, glue, measuring tape, firing power!
Circus STEAM | Science | Cotton Candy Science2 wooden spoons, whisk, plastic bags or newspaper, candy thermometer, cooking spray + food ingredients.
Circus STEAM | Technology | Origami Paper Whistle - copy paper and scissors
Circus STEAM | Technology | Paper Whistlescopy paper, scissors, x-acto knife, glue stick
Circus STEAM | Engineering | Engineer a Railroad Curve - paper, pencil
Circus STEAM | Engineering | Build a Miniature Circus Tent - toothpicks, mini-marshmallows, paper, tissues, string
Circus STEAM  | Mathmatics | Ticket Sales - paper, pencil
Museum Connections
Abstract Landscape Painting - canvas board or paper, paintbrush and paint, paper towel or drop cloth
Atlas Holding The Sky - model magic, clay, or play-doh and a small bouncy ball
Colorful Venustemplate or blank paper, oil pastels or crayons, colored cellophane or tissue paper, glue
Watercolor Holidays - white paper, watercolor paints, paintbrush
Emperor Justinian- crown: cereal box, scissors, markers or paint, other items for decoration; scroll: paper towel rolls, paper, glue, ribbon
Nature & Poetry - paper and pencil
Roses & Botanical Prints - paper and pencil
Tabletop Rock Garden  - small rocks, shallow container, small toy 
Pollinators & Butterfly Symmetry Painting  - cardstock, paint, water dropper or small paintbrush, string, sponges, cork, stamps and pipe cleaners
Natural Dye - sauce pan, plant bases, fabric, vinegar, water. Watch a Quick Craft Tutorial on Youtube
Florida Sensory Painting - tempera paint, butcher paper or brown paper bags
Nature Spaces - found natural objects, paint, spray bottle, absorbent paper


STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)
Watercolor & Oil - liquid watercolors or food coloring, cooking oil, white card stock, pipettes or a straw, large brown paper
Baking Soda & Vinegar Paint - liquid watercolors or food coloring, white vinegar, pipettes, tray or sensory bin
Abstract Sculptures - markers, card stock, scissors
Circus Physics - pencil and calculator
Circus Catapult - popsicle sticks, rubber bands
Circus Route Planning printed handout (if printer available) and marker


Virtual Family and School Tours
Animal Safari Tour (Grades K-5) - Take an animal safari through art, right from your classroom! Students will hone their observation skills as they learn about the animal kingdom on this virtual field trip. Students will learn about animals kept as pets, wild animals, animals used for work, and even mythological animals. This video lessons promotes in-classroom conversations or can be adapted as a written assignment lesson.
Meet The Ringling Tour (Grades K-5) - Welcome to The Ringling Museum of Art! Students will use their imaginations as they play inside a painting, will practice comparative skills as they examine artworks from different time periods and cultures, and explore art with a personal connection on this virtual field trip. Accompanying lesson plans are tied to ELA standards in comparison, drawing evidence from a text, and narrative storytelling.
Artful Imagination: Color and Mood Tour (Grades K-5) - Discover how color is used by artists to convey a mood or feeling in a work of art. In this virtual field trip, students will explore three works of art at the Ringling and discuss how artists use a color palette to give their artwork a specific feeling. Then students can create a color palette of their own to use as a toolbox to create an artwork with a specific mood.
The Illiad: Myths & Legends (Grades 9-12)- Artists and authors have been inspired by the ancient Greek poet Homer for thousands of years. In this virtual field trip for high school students designed to complement The Iliad, museum educators will tell the story of the Trojan War through artworks in The Ringling collections. Discover the unique ways artists continue to be inspired by the classic tale of love, betrayal, and conflict.
Portraits and Portayal Part 1: Phineas Taylor Barnum - Designed for teenagers, join Curator of the Circus Jennifer Lemmer Posey as we explore the man, the myth, and the advertising legend, P.T. Barnum.
Portraits and Portrayal Part 2: The Ringling Brothers - Join Curator of the Circus Jennifer Lemmer Posey as we learn about the five Ringling brothers. Ideal for teenagers, this virtual tour is Part 2 of a three part series exploring the selfie in the circus, or how circus personalities leveraged their image to curate public perception.
Portraits and Portrayal Part 3: Center Ring Performers - Join Curator of the Circus Jennifer Lemmer Posey as we discover larger than life center ring performers who used advertising to attain celebrity in the circus and beyond. 


Ringling Read Alongs 

It's our popular ROAR! program connecting early literacy with art making!  Watch one of our Ringling Read Along videos linked below, and then find directions for an art making project inspired by the book! Find the full Ringling Read Along Youtube Playlist some videos are posted in The Family Programs Facebook Group

Color Transfer - inspired by "A Color of His Own" by Lio Lionni  o "Su Propio Color" en español paper, oil pastels or crayons, pencil
Book Making - inspired by "We Are In A Book" by Mo Willems - colored paper, string, hole punch, pencils and markers
Fire-breathing Dragon Snout - inspired by "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin - cardboard tube, paint or markers, paper, scissors, glue
Puffy Paint Desserts - inspired by "There Are No Bears in this Bakery" by Julia Sarcone-Roach - shaving cream, glue, food coloring, craft sticks, cardboard or thick paper, glitter or sequins
Build Anything - inspired by "Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty - objects from around the house
Treasure Hunt Activity - inspired by "Sam & Dave Dig a Hole" by Mac Barnett - paper cups, small toys, water, paintbrush
All About Dots - Inspired by "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds - thick paper, paint, q-tips or other small circular items
Sun Catchers - Inspired by "Sky Color" by Peter H. Reynolds - coffee filters, washable markers, spray bottle of water, ribbon, hole-punch, scissors
Cottonball Mouse Paint - Inspired by "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh - cottonball, red, yellow, and blue paint, paper
Name Rocks - Inspired by "Crunch the Shy Dinosaur" by Cirocco Dunlap - rock, paint, sticker letters, paintbrush
Imaginary Pet inspired by "The Pigeon Wants a Puppy" by Mo Willems  - clay (play-doh, modeling magic), and feathers, googly eyes, sequins etc.
Word Collage Inspired by "The Book with No Pictures" by BJ Novak - magazines, scissors, paper, glue, marker
Cardboard Town Inspired by "Nanette's Baguette" by Mo Willems - cardboard, scissors, glue, paint, markers, items for decoration
Musical Artworks Inspired by  "Because" by Mo Willems - music, paper, and any supplies you have
Sensory Bottles inspired by "Ada Twist, Scientist" by Andrea Beaty - plastic bottle, cooking or baby oil, food coloring, glitter
Tinfoil Scales inspired by "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister - aluminum foil, markers, crayons or pencils, scissors, glue, heavy paper
Mood Me inspired by "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss - paper and coloring materials
Snail Spiral inspired by "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler - Paper plates or paper, glue or tape, Q tips, coloring materials
Snowy Mountain inspired by "Penguin Problems" by Jory John - paper, clothespins, cotton balls, white & blue paint, marker
Circle Sculpture inspired by "Square" by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen - cardboard tubes, scissors, glue or tape, something to color with
Paper Wings inspired by "Perfectly Norman" by Tom Percival - construction or heavy paper, scissors, hole punch, string, something to color with
Dandelion Painting Inspired by "Carmela Full of Wishes" by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson - colored paper, white paint, rubber band, Qtip or cottonballs  
Moon Dust Paint Inspired by "A Big Mooncake for Little Star" by Grace Lin - sidewalk chalk (white, gray, black), black construction paper, brush
Shoe Print Painting Inspired by "Pete The Cat" by Eric Litwin - construction paper, old shoe, paint
Mermaid Crown Inspired by "Julian is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love  - construction paper, tape or glue, scissors, something to color with
Yarn Painting Inspired by "I Can Only Draw Worms" by Will Mabbitt - yarn or string, paper, scissors, glue 
"Ish" by Peter Reynolds


Teacher Lesson Plans

All of the materials on this page are linked to Florida Standards and are appropriate for use with a school audience. Additional lesson books and teacher guides are available at

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