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Art for All is a fun and educational real and virtual space for audiences of all ages to discover and learn about artwork in the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection through hands-on art-making activities.

Our newly reimagined Art for All program embraces the vision of Family Programs by providing accessible, inclusive, fun, and educational in-person and virtual resources for families and visitors of all ages to meaningfully engage with art at the Stanford art museums.

Join us in-person or virtually to discover and learn about artwork in the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection through hands-on art-making activities!

 

Family-friendly bite-sized videos open up additional online opportunities for families to experience art together and help children, their caregivers, and all museum visitors to make connections between art and things familiar to them in their everyday lives.
Support for art-making videos is provided by the Koret Foundation

 

Twice-yearly in-person Family Days bring families, and children of all ages together for a day of free art-making and performances inspired by artwork at the Stanford art museums.
Family Day is made possible through the generous support of the Hohbach Family Fund

 

In addition to these new initiatives, we continue to make available our 2020 and 2021 virtual programming, Adventures on Paper and Second Sunday from Home.

Adventures on Paper

A series of print-at-home activities, brought to you by the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.


Second Sunday from Home

Art making activities and art stories from our 2020 and 2021 experiments in virtual family programming.

Second Sunday was made possible through the generous support of the Hohbach Family Fund


Family friendly bite-sized videos open up additional opportunities for families to experience art together and help children, their caregivers, and all museum visitors to make connections between art and things familiar to them in their everyday lives.

Support for art-making videos is provided by the Koret Foundation

Finding Form: Make an Owl Sculpture

Inspired by artist Lucy M. Lewis’ Acoma Pueblo pottery
Lucy Lewis was born around 1900 and spent all her life atop the high mesa of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, making traditional pottery since the age of 7. Feel what it is like to use your bare hand to create a vessel form and make an owl of your own. This lesson can be adapted to make lots of different animal and vessel forms. Follow your imagination!

Bubble Painting

 

Discover non-traditional ways of painting inspired by artist Sam Francis
Sam Francis was born just up the road from Stanford University in San Mateo, California in 1923. He is known as an abstract impressionist painter. He conveyed emotions using line shape and color. Learn how you can use unusual art materials to share your feelings and have fun experimenting!

 

Twice-yearly in-person Family Days bring children, families, and caregivers together for educational activities, art-making, and performances.

Family Day is made possible through the generous support of the Hohbach Family Fund

Art for All Family Day May 2022

Join us for our first in-person Family Day event since 2020! 

Celebrate art and family with an afternoon of hands-on artmaking, kid-friendly student guided tours, interactive performances, all outdoors between the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection.

May 15, 2022
1:00am-1:30pm
1:30pm-4:00pm

Family Day is free - everyone is welcome.

Click below to reserve your tickets for 11:00am-1:30pm or 1:30pm-4:00pm.

Family Day is made possible through the generous support of the Hohbach Family Fund

Adventures on Paper

Unleash your creativity with these paper projects, brought to you by the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. From clever paper projects to coloring sheets, you can become an artist in the comfort of your home.

Once finished, you can share with us on social media using the hashtag #museumfromhome and tagging us with @anderson.collection.stanford.

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Cross-Contour Drawing Activity Inspired by artist Martin Puryear

Create the illusion of 3D form with cross-contour. These are the drawings that outline and highlight the figurative shape of an object or objects in a drawing. Usually, a contour drawings success is defined by the line quality. This includes the size and shape of the line as well as the pressure the artist puts on the line making.

Take a look at the Anderson collection for examples of Puryear's work. You can download the step-by-step instructions in the activity guide.

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Writing letters with the Anderson Collection artists

During these times when many are sheltering in place, people may feel lonely and miss their friends and family. Before Zoom calls were a thing, people would often times write letters on paper to bridge the distance. Join the artists in the Anderson Collection and pen your very own letters to remain close to your friends and loved ones as you practice social distance.

Download the activity guide, explore some of the artwork in the Anderson collection and get inspired!

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Pop-Up Book and Mandala

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University brings you fun art-making projects. Gather your supplies and get crafting!

Pop-Up Book with David Gilhooly's Hoarding My Frog Food
David Gilhooly is a sculpture artist who uses figures both human and animal to create fantastical and humorous sculptures. Click here to view this artwork and spark your creativity.

Mandala with Kenneth Noland's Rose
Kenneth Noland is most famous for his concentric circle paintings where he highlighted color. For inspiration on this colorful project, you can click here and view his artwork.

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Paper Weaving and Hand Patterns

Paper, markers, scissors, glue. Explore artwork-inspired projects from the Anderson Collection to keep your creativity flowing as we shelter in place.

Paper Weaving with Jennifer Bartlett's At the Lake, Morning
Using small squares that are abstract and piecing them together into a grid, this artist creates a larger image. Through paper weaving, this project aims to emulate the artist’s process with materials from home. You can click here to view this artwork.

Hand Patterns with Frank Lobdell's January 1971
Part of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Frank Lobdell painted the figure with an emphasis on shape, light and shadow. Our hand pattern project aims to emulate this artist's ideas with materials from home. Click here to view this artwork.

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Coloring Sheets

Color some of the works in the Anderson collection from the comfort of your home. Simply click on the titles below and print the PDF to unleash your creativity!

Richard Diebenkorn's Girl on the Beach
Diebenkorn’s Girl on the Beach dates from the artist’s prolific Berkeley years (1953-1966), and shows interest in the relationship between landscape and the human figure. You can click here to learn more about this artwork.

Elizabeth Murray's Mouse Cup
The works of American painter Elizabeth Murray draw from cubism and abstract expressionism. Mouse Cup is a good example of her perspective about life. Click here to view this artwork.

Second Sunday 2020 & 2021

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