Family Art Activities

A Message to Families

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, SFCAC has temporarily closed the Fort Mason studio and our artist residencies with school site partners have been postponed. However, we remain committed to our mission to empower children to develop their sense of self through artistic exploration. Now more than ever, it is essential for us to use the power of artmaking to express our ideas & emotions, to lift our spirits, and to connect with one another in meaningful ways.

Engaging in artmaking as a family is a way to bond and grow together.  Please enjoy these recommendations for family art activities that are designed to be open-ended for children of all ages and use materials that most families already have at home.

We recommend revisiting activities and doing them again and again. Repetition allows children to build on prior knowledge and make new discoveries.

Spanish and Chinese translations for some of these activities are available, see links below.

How do we support children’s creativity? 

(Click to view) a short discussion on ways to foster your child’s creative development.

Share what you create together on our Community page:

We encourage you to send us photos of your family creating together and will share it with the community to bolster all of our spirits.  Please email photos to and we’ll post them on our community page.

Links to Family Art Activities:

Family Art Activity #1: String Drawings (Click to view)*
Explore using segments of string or yarn to create lines. (Designed for ages 3-6, but fun for all ages)

Family Art Activity #2: Shape & Tape (Click to view)*
Explore cutting shapes from paper and piecing them together to create new expressions. (Designed for ages 3-6, but fun for all ages)  * con video en español de Señora Adriana

Family Art Activity #3: Cardboard Sculptures  (Click to view)*
Explore using cardboard pieces to create 3-dimensional expressions. (Designed for ages 3-6, but fun for all ages)

Family Art Activity #4: Paper Strip Sculptures  (Click to view)*
Explore transforming 2-dimensional strips of paper into 3-dimensional sculptures. (Designed for ages 3-6, but fun for all ages)

Family Art Activity #5: Texture Rubbings (Click to view)*
Use crayon and paper to explore the textures of objects found around the home and in nature. (Designed for ages 3-6, but fun for all ages)

Family Art Activity #6: Baker’s Clay Sculptures (Click to view)
Make your own clay using flour, salt, and water and then create your own sculpture expression.


* con video en Español de Señora Adriana