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 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 6-12. 

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. Registration for each session will open one week prior. 

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

The link to register can be found under each session date in the tab below.

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

Register for July 8 Session

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)

Register for July 15 Session

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)

Register for July 22 Session

July 29, 2020: Abstract Sculpture 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)

Register for July 29 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

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

Alma Thomas
  • Grafton Tyler Brown," View of Lake Okanagan", 1882, oil on canvas
  • Alma Thomas, "Suddenly It's Spring", 1970, acrylic on canvas
  • Charles Ethan Porter, "Still Life with Rises", ca. 1885-87, oil on linen