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 SDMA educators with SDMA Art Tutorials!

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 7-12.

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.

Featured: Winslow Homer. Art–Students and Copyists in the Louvre Gallery, Paris, January 11, 1868. Engraving. Bequest of Myra Gentner. 2001.77.