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Make a Mask of the Congo

  • October 30, 2018

All over the world, people use masks for different purposes: for ceremonial or religious gatherings, on stage to entertain, or to hide an identity. In the Congo Basin of Africa, masks serve all of these purposes and more and are…

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Kids Can-Do! Wired for Jewelry-Making

  • March 31, 2017

Crafting with wire and the beads or buttons of your choice, your jewelry designs will always be unique. What’s more, you can modify this creative technique to add a splash of style to anything that needs a decorative upgrade.  …

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Lasting Impressions in Art

  • February 1, 2016

There are two artists who come to mind when the medium of sculpture is mentioned. One of them is the Italian poet, architect, and engineer of the High Renaissance, Michelangelo. The other is Auguste Rodin, the subject of an internationally…

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Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

As spring blooms start to diminish, here’s a crafty way to make some gorgeous flowers of your own. It’s perfect timing for gift giving, too, with Father’s Day and graduations on the radar. Plus, these will look fresh all summer…

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Book-Smart & Creative

  • October 31, 2014

The art of bookbinding became popular in the twentieth century when designers started making book covers to complement the contents inside. Examples of these ornately decorated books can be seen not only in library collections, but also in art galleries.…

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How to Make a Dragon

  • August 29, 2014

In ancient China, dragons were symbols of power, prosperity, and good fortune. Inspired by jade pendants found in VMFA’s permanent collection, create your own dragon art using recycled materials.   What you need: •Empty and cleaned soda can •Scissors •Craft…

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Share Your Identity

What makes you – you? Explore your identity by creating a silhouette of your outward image filled with pictures that reflect who you truly are on the inside.   What you need: • Two sheets of construction paper, one white…

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What Do You Stand For?

  • January 31, 2014

Art History is Not Linear (VMFA), a commissioned painting by Virginia-born artist Ryan McGinness, draws inspiration for its two hundred symbols from artwork in VMFA’s collection. Follow these steps and create your own screenprinted symbolic exploration of whatever you’d like.…

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The Power of Art

  • September 30, 2013

Many artists work with fabric as a means of creative expression. Use your powers of creativity to make a superhero cape and let your imagination soar!         What you need: • Fabric (bed sheet, tablecloth, extra large t-shirt,…

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Pop Art and Pointillism

  • June 28, 2013

  Artists Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann used images from popular culture to create some of the most renowned pop art of the twentieth century. Visit VMFA to view their fabulous works of inspiration and get ideas for your own…

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