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Whitney Kids Art Challenge

These art projects are designed especially for kids and grown-ups to do together. All of the activities are based on works of art in the Whitney's collection. They introduce you to some of the diverse ways that artists think and work, and we hope they inspire the artist in you too! 

Come back soon! We will add more activities on a regular basis.

Image Transformation

Jasper Johns, Three Flags, 1958

Stuff It!

Yayoi Kusama, Accumulation, 1963

Dramatic Composition

Willem de Kooning, Woman and Bicycle, 1952–1953

Nature’s Mood

Charles Burchfield, Noontide in Late May, 1917

Toy Collection

Mike Kelley, More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin, 1987

Double Portrait

Barkley L. Hendricks, Steve, 197

Portal Book

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Portals, 2016

Geometric Composition

Alvin Loving, Septehedron 34, 1970

Visual Story

Jacob Lawrence, War Series: Another Patrol, 1946

Scratch it Out

Charles Henry Alston, The Family, 1955

Dress Up and Make Noise!

Nick Cave, Soundsuit #20, 2005

Create a Banner

Cauleen Smith, The Comedians, 2017

Colorful Collage

Emma Amos, Baby, 1966

Stage a Performance

Puppies Puppies, Liberty (Liberté), 2017

Mood Picture

Oscar Bluemner, A Situation in Yellow, 1933

Unexpected Beauty

Elsie Driggs, Pittsburgh, 1927

Birthday Self-Portrait

Florine Stettheimer, Sun, 1931

Let’s Dance!

Elie Nadelman, Tango, 1920–1924

Family Portrait

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Wall of Ambassadors, 2017

Line, Shape, Blob

Elizabeth Murray, Children Meeting, 1978

Teeny Tiny Room

Charles Ray, Puzzle Bottle, 1995

Rhyme Sculpture

Isamu Noguchi, Humpty Dumpty, 1946

Dream World

Agnes Pelton, Sea Change, 1931

Build a Bridge

Joseph Stella, The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939

Start from the Center

Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958-66

Surreal World

Man Ray, La Fortune, 1938

Layered Landscape

Horace Pippin, The Buffalo Hunt, 1933

Drawing Instructions

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #289, 4th wall: 24 lines from the center, 12 lines from the midpoint of each of the sides, 12 lines from each corner, 1976

Create a Tag!

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983

Family Sculpture

Louise Bourgeois, Quarantania, 1941

Strike a Pose!

Robert Henri, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916

Still Life Remix

Stuart Davis, Owh! in San Pao, 1951

Window Installation

Raúl de Nieves, Beginning & the end neither & the otherwise betwixt & between the end is the beginning & the end, 2017

Many-Sided Self-Portrait

Marisol, Women and Dog, 1964

Circus Character

Alexander Calder, Calder’s Circus, 1926–31

Bathroom Portrait

Roy Lichtenstein, Bathroom, 1961

Window View

Edward Hopper, Early Sunday Morning, 1930

Many Faces

Andy Warhol, Ethel Scull 36 Times, 1963

Imaginary Landscapes

Shara Hughes, In the Clear, 2016

Geometric Composition

Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, 1962

Portrait Sculpture

Elizabeth Catlett, Head, 1947

Unfolding Adventures

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2014

Game World

Cory Arcangel, Super Mario Clouds, 2002

Souvenir Sketch

Georgia O'Keeffe, Summer Days, 1936

Continuous Line

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.270, Hanging Six-Lobed, Complex Interlocking Continuous Form within a Form with Two Interior Spheres) 1955, refabricated 1957–1958

4-Color Composition

Lee Krasner, The Seasons, 1957

Sunrise

Sunset

A 30-second online art project:
LaTurbo Avedon, Morning Mirror / Evening Mirror

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