Spring Break: Art for All

March 8, 2021 – March 12, 2021

12:00 am – 11:59 pm

Spring Break: Art for All

March 8, 2021 – March 12, 2021

12:00 am – 11:59 pm

This spring break (March 8-12), we will release five video demonstrations of simple, at-home art activities for everyone to dig into! Each activity relates to an artist in the exhibition Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art. We encourage everyone to share their finished art pieces from the demos on social media using the hashtag #McNayArtForAll and we will share your project in our stories! Happy creating!

Activities by Day

March 8: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Lantern

Enjoy an art activity video inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room installation, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins.


  • Glass container (upcycled)
  • Tissue paper, any and all colors
  • Glue
  • Paint brush, any size
  • Optional: tea lights or other electric LED light strip

Using the materials described, glue pieces of tissue paper onto the outside of the glass container. You may cut up small geometric shapes and make an abstract pattern, or make something representational like a landscape or a flower. Allow the glue to dry overnight.

·         Pro tip: Layering tissue paper pieces will create depth.

March 9: Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund: Paper Bag Snowflakes


  • 7 paper lunch bags (white, brown, or any color works)
  • Pencil
  • Glue (glue sticks or Elmer’s)
  • String or ribbon to hang snowflakes

Spread glue over the gusset of the lunch sack and in a T down the center. Layer a lunch sack on top with the flat side glued to the gluey gusset. Repeat until you have 7 layers. Smush and hold so that glue sticks well. Fold the open ends of the lunch sacks in a point like a paper airplane. Cut along those crease lines. Avoiding the gusset, make decorative cuts on both sides of the layers of bags. Carefully place hands in the center of the outer two bags. Pull open like and accordion. Tape or glue remaining sides together to form snowflake

  • Pro tip: Mark sides of the stack of bags with a pencil before cutting to make cuts symmetrical.

March 10: Letitia Huckaby

Letitia Huckaby: Flower Embroidery Activity


  • String
  • Needles
  • Embroidery hoops or Masking tape roll
  • Fabric scraps, Old T-shirt
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Sequins, Buttons

Set your fabric in the hoop. Optionally, if you do not have a hoop, cut roughly 20 inches of tape and set aside, drape your fabric on the tape roll then use the cut tape to secure the fabric. Sketch the desired design onto the fabric. To create the flowers, start with the stems following a natural patter, continue with the flower petals embroidering in the same direction for a realistic texture.

Pro tip: By using different colors of yarn, you can create highlights and shadows to add depth.

March 11: Jennifer Steinkamp

Jennifer Steinkamp: Nature Portrait

·        Natural materials like sticks, flowers, rocks, leaves
·        Camera

Arrange natural materials in the shape of a face. Think creatively about what found objects could represent eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc. Snap a pic of your finished arrangement.
·        Pro tip: Use the time lapse function on your smartphone or tablet to capture the making of your portrait.

March 12: Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez: Ama-Zine DIY Zine Activity


  • Construction paper/Decorative paper
  • Copy paper
  • Glue Stick
  • String, Yarn, Ribbon
  • Markers, Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Stickers, Magazine cut outs

Fold and cut the paper to create the sheets of your magazine. Design and measure the cover of your zine. Using scissor, cut holes at the top of the zine for binding. Follow instructions to create the biding. Decorate and fill the pages!

Pro tip: Using a string that coordinates with the color of your cover will make the project look more cohesive.