Youth Art Team… at home!

We collected resources for one month to help you to keep your mind active and your heart strong while you keep your body healthy at home!

We only listed free activities that either we have created or have tried out ourselves first.


Daily sketch prompts from the Youth Art Team

Youth Art Team artists start almost every meeting with a sketch prompt. We thought it would be fun to do this with all of you for the next little while!

Youth Art Team artists, volunteers, and staff are sharing a collection of daily sketch prompt videos. Draw whatever you think of when you see one of the words. Remember it’s a *sketch* prompt, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time on it, and it doesn’t need to be a finished work of art.


Follow one Youth Art Team artist who is creating at home

She started her own YouTube kids channel: YouJube

This young artist will show you how to make an origami heart, draw an Easter bunny, and fold a paper crane. You can watch a drawing of her cat come to life and check out a gallery of her drawings.

(Youth Art Team takes no credit here for her constant and brilliant creativity! She did this on her own with her family.) 😉


The Youth Art Team “Love is Power” Poster Challenge

Youth Art Team launched the “Love is Power” Poster Challenge to inspire our community and help us connect with each other while we are physically apart. Check out the mini-gallery!


Art lesson plans from the Waterloo Center for the Arts

This free, printable lesson plan download includes instructions on the following activities using simple items you probably have laying around your home:

  • Accordion sketchbook
  • Happy accident string drop
  • Patterned prints
  • Shadow puppets
  • Color values
  • Dough play

Cedar Falls Student Art 2020 Virtual Exhibition

The Hearst Center for the Arts is exhibiting student artwork now through April 26! Browsing the collection is a breath of fresh air…


CF Elementary Art teachers on Facebook

All of the elementary art teachers in Cedar Falls, Iowa are joining forces to keep creativity alive at home!

Head on over to Facebook.com/CFElementaryArt to find out what’s new.


Cutting up Painting Journals

Artist Kate Brennan Hall create a work of art every day for 100 days.

You can watch her cut apart her journals in preparation to show her work:


Hearst Haiku : Community Poetry Illustrated

The Hearst Center for the Arts is celebrating National Poetry Month by inviting you to be a part of a new community-created virtual exhibition. Write a haiku! Illustrate a haiku!

More details on the Hearst Facebook Page.


Paul Graubard coloring pages from the WCA

You may remember seeing Paul Graubard’s artwork on your way into the Phelp’s Youth Pavilion this past year.

The Waterloo Center for the Arts is sharing their Paul Graubard coloring book* with you!

*Psst. If you don’t have a printer, take a screen shot with your mobile device. Then color away using your device’s photo editor!


Tiny Circus – Elephant Trap

We love this stop motion short film created by Tiny Circus with elementary students in Mount Vernon, Iowa!

What are your favorite stop motion apps for kids? Stop motion film making is a great way to pass the time.


LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Draw with Mo Willems once a day for the next few weeks.

Here’s the full list of episodes so you can catch up on any you have missed.

Nice work, Kennedy Center. This is so cool.


Aquila Children’s Magazine

A magazine for children who like a challenge! Full of fun articles, activities, puzzles and experiments that families can enjoy together. Download or view this issue of Aquila Children’s Magazine for free online!

(We have the Waterloo Center for the Arts to thank for helping us discover this one!)


The British Museum virtual tour

We had FUN playing around on this one! It worked beautifully for us on desktop/laptop computers but not on our mobile devices.

The Museum of the World lets you browse work in The British Museum by continent, time period, category, and more. You can listen to short audio recordings about each object, view a map to see where it came from, and more.


Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall

This Digital Concert Hall – all the way from Germany – is FREE for you to enjoy from home on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone – live or on-demand from their archive. Check out the website and enjoy access to:

  • The great conductors and soloists of our time
  • More than 40 live broadcasts in High Definition every season
  • Hundreds of archive concerts covering six decades
  • Free interviews and concert introductions
  • Exciting documentaries and artist portraits
  • Free Education Programme concerts for the whole family