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Museum From Home

Teaching from home? Need something extra to keep young minds and hands active? As social distancing measures continue, you can enjoy the collection through our eMuseum plus these fun, educational resources designed to spark the imagination of art explorers of all ages. Grown-ups welcome, too!

Art On The Go!

The Rockwell believes that making and experiencing art transforms our quality of life! While many of the family-friendly stations at the Museum are currently not available as a health and safety precaution, we’re pleased to introduce no-touch activities and Art On The Go  Kits, bringing Rockwell family programming into your home.

Take-home Art Kits

Art Inspired Writing Challenge
For Grades K-12

Rock your creative skills and write a fictional story based on a work of art in The Rockwell collection. Writing prompts available for grades K-12.

More information and writing prompts

Easy At-Home Art Projects
Suggested for ages 5+ with help of adult or older child

Spring Break may be a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make art with The Rockwell! Check back often for new projects you can make with simple household materials.


Museum From Home Activity Sheets
Various Ages

Download this printable PDF that will guide you through carefully looking at a painting, then get creative with special activities inspired by The Rockwell collection.

Snack Time! (Ages 8 – 12)

Horsing Around with Deborah Butterfield (Ages 8 – 12)

Family Collage with Roger Shimomura (Ages 2 – 6)

Rock Climbing in Bighorn Country (Ages 8 – 12)

Yarn Dance with Emil Bisstram (Ages 2 – 6)

Cow-operation! (Ages 8 – 12)

Trace Yourself! (Ages 2 – 6)

Shapes with Blanche Lazzell (Ages 8 – 12)

Landscape Mosaics (Ages 8 – 12)

Art From Home Blog Series

Art-making and creative play are proven mood boosters for children and adults alike. This blog series by museum educator Kate Swanson offers some tips and tricks for incorporating art into your new routines.

Art From Home 101

STEM to STEAM: Why the ‘A’ Matters!

Diversity in Teaching Art

Creating, Creativity, Creative Play

Digital Art Hunts
Suggested for ages 6-12
7 and under with help of an adult or older child

Download these printable PDFs (and answer keys), or open eMuseum in a separate browser while you look for the digital version of this visitor favorite! Explore eMuseum to find the full version of these artwork snippets.

Women Artists Art Hunt     Answer Key

New Acquisitions Art Hunt       Answer Key 

Collection-Inspired Crossword Puzzles
Emmi Whitehorse, Water & Mineral, 2000, oil chalk on paper on canvas, 28" x 40 1/2".Suggested for ages 13+  (or for those who enjoy a challenge)

To find the answers to these crossword clues, open eMuseum and select the “groups” tab. Explore the group or gallery with the same name, then read descriptions and explore the artworks to find the answers. Have fun!

Collection Crossword: Women Artists

Collection Crossword: Modern Gallery

Collection Crossword: Haudenosaunee Gallery 

The Great Circle: Online!
Designed for Grade 1

The Great Circle Artist-in-Residence program is a unique collaboration between The Rockwell Museum and the Elmira City and Bath Central School Districts. This interdisciplinary program integrates fundamental arts education with New York State Common Core content to create a well-rounded curriculum. The goal of The Great Circle Artist-in-Residence program is to unify learning across all first-grade curriculum content. Students build upon and synthesize concepts introduced in the Listening and Learning Domains, including folktales and legends, animals and habitats, geometry, astronomy, earth sciences, the human body and the Lakota Sioux tribes of the Great Plains.

While the Museum is closed, we are pleased to offer this program to any and all educators and parents who may find it useful. New lessons will be released throughout the closure.

The Great Circle Online: Week 1

The Great Circle Online: Week 2

The Great Circle Online: Week 3

The Great Circle Online: Week 4

The Great Circle Online: Week 5

Art Explorers’ Story Hour

Each month, Children’s Librarian Sue McConnell reads beloved stories thematically linked to The Rockwell’s art collection – during this time, we continue to offer this series virtually on Facebook Live! Use the activities below after the story to spark creativity and imagination. Free and open to pre-school age children and their caregivers.

May 8, 2020 | What Makes Me Happy?

Live Stream Link

Story Hour Activity: What Makes Me Happy?

April 13, 2020 | Who Takes Care of Me?

Live Stream Link

Story Hour Activity: Who Takes Care of Me?

Story Hour Art Hunt: Who Takes Care of Me?

Story Hour Art Hunt: Answer Key



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