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    Learn From Home

    The Ringling is actively working to support students, caregivers, and teachers during this period of learning from home. The resources offered here are updated frequently, so please check back often. Remember, you don't need to have a closet full of art supplies at home to create and enjoy the activities listed here. Get creative and use the materials you have on hand!

    Join our Family Programs Facebook Group where we post Learn From Home materials every week, including the weekly Arts REACH calendar of activities created by The Ringling and other local arts organizations. 

    Questions, suggestions, or just want to say hi? Email


    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
    Pattern - blank paper, dot stickers or shapes, colored pencils
    Texture - brown paper bag, objects with texture, drawing paper, pencils
    Space - template, colored pencils, crayon, or markers
    Shape and Form - template, pencil or colored pencils
    Line Vocabulary - paper and pencil, template optional
    Color Wheel Painting - color wheel template, red, yellow, and blue paint, and a paintbrush
    Circus Arts
    Circus Costume Design - colored pencils, crayons, or markers. Watch a Quick Craft tutorial on Youtube. 
    Circus Poster Design - blank paper, colored pencils, crayons, or markers
    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
    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 Tours

    Animal Safari Family Tour - Go on an animal safari through art! Discover how artists portray animals in different ways. You will explore animals as pets, in the wild, at work, and even imaginary animals!

    Meet The Ringling Family Tour - Meet the artworks in The Ringling collection.

    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 in the video description on Youtube or in the list below. Find the full Ringling Read Along Youtube Playlist 

    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

     "Ish" by Peter Reynolds

    Art Explorations!

    Coming soon!

    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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