SDMA Art Tutorials
SDMA Art Tutorials are a series of monthly instructional videos that demonstrate a new art skill, technique, or material inspired by works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. Whether you’re a beginner or a master artist, come learn from Museum educators with SDMA Art Tutorials!
Pattern and Radial Symmetry
Try a new art technique and really focus on the details. Explore radial design, balance, symmetry, and color in this Virtual SDMA Art Tutorial inspired by Persian tile artwork from the Museum’s collection.
Recommended for all artists ages seven and up.
Self Portrait: A Drawing Activity Using Etching Techniques
Put your favorite selfie to use the old fashioned way with your very own self portrait drawing inspired by Rembrandt’s etchings.
Recommended for beginners, families, and kids ages seven to twelve.
Still Life Stories
Be inspired and hear how artists use the still life genre to practice and express themselves.
Recommended for beginners, families, and kids ages five and up.
How to Make & Use Gold Paint
Feed your curiosity and be soothed while learning how ancient artists achieved lustrous metallic paints as opposed to the glittery yellow store-bought paint of today.
Recommended for advanced art students, high school to adult.
How to Write “Dragon” in Japanese Calligraphy
Learn about the traditional Japanese calligraphy style known as “Grass Script” or “cursive” script, a kind of calligraphy known for its expressive brushwork meant to look like leaves of grass swaying in the wind.
Recommended for intermediate to advanced art students, high school to adult.
Looking for more to explore? Try at-home activities for emerging and established art students of all ages with SDMA at Play. Enjoy art activities, crafts, writing prompts, videos, podcasts, and more inspired by the Museum’s collections.
Featured: Winslow Homer. Art–Students and Copyists in the Louvre Gallery, Paris, January 11, 1868. Engraving. Bequest of Myra Gentner. 2001.77.