Artists At Home

Engage with Great Artists and Art from your Home!

Program Description

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is debuting a digital, interactive program designed to engage students in hands-on art making and conversations about African American artists and different genres of visual art.

Led by the NMAAHC educators, each session will focus on a unique visual art piece and encourage discussion around a central question. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a hand-on art project using household materials. This program is designed to be fluid and conversational. It welcomes students from grades 3-12. 

Program Goals

  • Introduce students to influential African American artists and their unique approaches to art making
  • Engage students in close looking exercises for visual art
  • Inspire curiosity about different genres of art and artists' techniques
  • Provide kinesthetic learning opportunities and cultivate creative expression


This program is free for participants. The link to register can be found under each session date in the "Upcoming Sessions" tab below.

To participate in this program, students must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker and camera) and a reliable internet connection.

Privacy Notices

As the Museum continues to navigate the digital landscape, we are finding the best ways to serve our audiences safely and effectively. We have included some additional language to address the privacy and safety of our participants. Please read it closely.

As a condition of participating in Artists At Home, you agree on behalf of yourself and your child, that:

  • Your child will not share during the program any personal information that you or your child want kept private. We recommend that you caution your child about sharing personally identifiable information (e.g., full name, street address, telephone number) and shielding from view any personal or private materials (note, you also have the option to attend without turning on your device’s camera or microphone).  
  • You take full responsibility for your child’s participation in the program and any consequences thereof.

As a reminder, we will not be recording, taking any photos, or saving any chat discussions during this program.

August 5, 2020: Genre Painting with Modern Artist Clementine Hunter

  • Required Materials: pencil, eraser, ruler, blank paper or canvas, coloring medium of choice (colored pencils, paint, crayons, oil pastels)

Register for August 5 Session

August 12, 2020: Printmaking with Twentieth-Century Artist Elizabeth Catlett

  • Required Materials: pencil; eraser; blank paper or canvas; acrylic paint, printing ink, or ink pad; paintbrush or ink roller; cutting tool; stamp making materials such as a rubber eraser, potato, cardboard tubes, or cardboard sheets

Register for August 12 Session

August 19, 2020: Collage Making with Modern Artist Romare Bearden

  • Required Materials: pencil; eraser; blank paper; scissors; adhesive medium such as a glue stick, tape, or poster putty; colorful paper scraps, newspaper clippings, magazine photos, stickers, or photographs

Register for August 19 Session

August 26, 2020: Abstract Sculpture with Modern Artist Sargent Claude Johnson

  • Required Materials: pencil; scratch paper; sculpting or modeling clay, or clay compound; modeling tools such as a sponge, old credit card, spoon, butter knife, small wooden dowels, etc.

Register for August 26 Session

June 24, 2020: Landscapes with Nineteenth-Century Painter Grafton Tyler Brown

  • Required Materials: pencil, blank paper, coloring medium (colored pencils, paint, oil pastels), a view for inspiration

July 1, 2020: Abstract Painting with Modern Artist Alma Thomas

  • Required Materials: thick white paper or canvas, pencil, eraser, acrylic paint or watercolors, cotton balls or sponge brushes or wide paint brushes

CANCELLED: July 8, 2020: Still Life Composition with Nineteenth-Century Painter Charles Ethan Porter

  • Required Materials: pencil, eraser, blank drawing paper or canvas, coloring medium of choice (colored pencils, paint, crayons, oil pastels), household objects such as bowls, fruit, books or even pieces of trash

July 15, 2020: Portraiture with Contemporary Artist Amy Sherald

  • Required Materials: pencil, eraser, ruler, blank paper, coloring medium of choice (colored pencils, paint, crayons, oil pastels)

July 22, 2020: Narrative Painting with Nineteenth-Century Artist Robert Duncanson

  • Required Materials: pencil, eraser, ruler, blank paper or canvas, coloring medium of choice (colored pencils, paint, crayons, oil pastels)

July 29, 2020: Environmental Art with Contemporary Artist Chakaia Booker

  • Required Materials: fabric scraps, tin foil, newspaper, cardboard, or any other material that can twisted, formed, or shaped to create a sculpture; scissors (optional materials: rubber bands, old wire hangers)

Through color I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man's inhumanity to man.

Alma Thomas