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At-Home Art Projects

The Arts Education Team believes that the arts are an essential part of our daily lives. During this particularly difficult time of quarantine due to the COVID-19 virus, we would like to continue to share our passion with the Carlsbad community. 

Our dedicated Arts Instructors have created art projects and activities that anyone can do from home with a few basic materials and a creative spirit. Below are some instructions for projects and activities that you can view online and participate in.

Female Artists

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. In celebration of this anniversary, the Arts Education team has created At-Home Art Projects inspired by contemporary female artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. Check back bi-weekly for new additions.

Born: 1918, Fort Dodge, Iowa 
Died: 1986, Boston, Massachusetts 
Art Movement: Pop Art 
Art Lesson

Short Biography: Corita Kent, also known as Sister Mary Corita, was an artist, educator and advocate for peace and social justice. Her vibrant serigraphs resonate with the Pop art style using words and images seen in everyday sources - from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses and literature. Her work reflected her concerns about poverty, racism, and war. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors and innumerable public and private commissions. 

Born: 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan  
Art Movement: Pop Art, Contemporary 
Art Lesson

Short Biography: Yayoi Kusama is a renowned Japanese artist and writer, internationally famous for her pattern art and repetition-based psychedelic art. She uses a wide array of media that includes painting, collage sculpture, installations, and performance art. Her artwork evokes themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, creation, destruction, and intense self-reflection. She came to the United States in 1957, inspired by a letter she received from Georgia O’Keefe. Kusama showed large paintings, soft sculptures, and environmental sculptures using mirrors and electric lights.  She returned to Japan in 1973 where she currently lives and works in Tokyo. 

Born: 1956, Mexico City, Mexico
Art Movement: Contemporary
Art Lesson

Short Biography: Magali Lara is a visual artist, cultural agent, and teacher who works in a variety of mediums, including painting, collage, artist's books, and installation. Since the 1970’s Lara has worked with art themes such as identity, the feminine, feminism, otherness, and the connection between inside and outside. With more than forty years as an artist and twenty as a teacher, she has had numerous solo exhibitions in national and international museums, and her work forms part of many renowned collections. She studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas and currently lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she teaches at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos. 

Born: 1899 in Kiev, Ukraine 
Died: 1988 in New York, New York
Art Movement: Modern  
Art Lesson

Short Biography: Louise Nevelson was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Nevelson experimented with early conceptual art using found objects. Usually created out of wood, her sculptures appear puzzle-like, with multiple intricately cut pieces placed into wall sculptures or independently standing pieces, often three dimensional. A unique feature of her work is that her figures are often painted in monochromatic black or white. 

Born: April 24, 1889, Moscow Governorate  
Died: May 25, 1924, Moscow, Russia 
Art Movement: Cubism, Constructivism 
Art Lesson

Short Biography: Lyubov Popova was one of the most distinctly individual artists of the Russian avant-garde, who excelled as a painter, graphic artist, theatrical set designer, textile designer, teacher and art theorist.  Popova was a radical multimedia artist and designer, who worked at a time when there were extremely few women artists respected by art institutions or schools. Popova was one of the first female pioneers in Cubo-Futurism, the main school of painting and sculpture practiced by Russian Futurists. Popova focused on incorporating geometric shapes, multiple angles and interlocking planes creating the energy of movement in her abstract art. 

Poetry & Art Activities

Public Art Coloring Pages

Two of our very talented Arts Instructors: Lisa Naugler and Tey Lin created some original works of art based on the City of Carlsbad’s public art collection. Download, print them and animate them with the colors of your choice! Addresses are provided for those interested in checking out Carlsbad's public art in person. 

Theater Activities

Get comfortable with theater! Click on the Theater Activity, read through the lesson plan and then view the video for examples.

Visual Art Projects

Looking for even more art experiences? Check out more at-home visual art and performing arts programs projects from the Cultural Arts Office!

The City of Carlsbad would love to see your artwork! Please send photos of your completed art projects to communications@carlsbadca.gov.