In order to stay connected to and support our beloved community, PAC staff will be posting some accessible and fun ways to keep the creative juices flowing during this unique and challenging time. We will provide prompts as well as simple how-to videos. These activities can support home-schooling efforts, as well as provide ideas for engaging the whole family creatively with all the extra time at home. To access the written instructions, simply click on the title of the image in the bottom left corner.  

Paper Marbling

Marbling paper can be a stand alone activity, or a way to add visual interest to another project like a birthday banner, a Father’s Day card, a letter, or even the chore list! This kid-friendly…

Taste of Summer - Coloring Pages

Jen Johnson created these taste of summer coloring pages. We have already had one of the kiddos enjoy coloring them colored pencils. These are helping us get in the summer spirit. Find more of our…

Upcycled Paper Weaving

This project is a great way to upcycle old artwork. You know what I’m talking about, parents! That folder or drawer full of your child’s past work that you hate to throw away? Breathe new life…

Art Prompt - Collaborative Zentangle Animal

Tired of puzzles but want something that scratches the same collective itch? Create a family-size zentangle! Start with an outline of a favorite animal on a large sheet of paper or, even better,

Embroidered Heart Plushie

Does someone in your household have a soft spot for sweet, cuddle-y creatures? This simple, homemade heart plushie is a great project to develop a young maker’s hand work skills and satisfy their…

Art Prompt - Tri-fold Landscape Collage

This project is a great way to bring a sculptural element to collage. Fold a large piece of paper into three sections. Cut the tops of each section into jagged peaks or rolling hills. The back…

Tin Box Bots

Got a tinkering type in the family? A little person who likes knobs and screws and wires? These tin box bots are a perfect project for them! Clean out junk drawers and tool boxes to find all the odd…

Art Prompt - DIY Foam Stamps

DIY foam stamp making is always a huge hit at Prairie! There’s something so rewarding about designing something that can be used again and again. You will need small pieces of wood and craft foam…

Favorite Artist Shadow Box

Step One: Choose an artist that you love, that inspires you, tickles your fancy, makes you want to dance or draw or jump up and down. Step Two: Find a shallow box and decorate it in a way that would…

Pinwheel Flower Coloring Page Project

Jen Johnson has done it again creating these fun Pinwheel pattern designs! You could also use gift wrap paper, magazine pages, and colorful brochures are some examples of interesting paper options.

Art Prompt - Painted Rock Display

There’s something very satisfying about painting rocks. It’s always a hit with children and we know some amazing adult artists that like it too. So, paint some rocks and then turn them into…

Photo Transfer onto Wood

Use this easy photo transfer method to decorate and personalize treasure boxes, ornaments, or wooden plaques. All you need is a porous, untreated wood surface, an image you like that has been copied…

Curate a Salon Wall

A salon wall is a great way to show off a collection of artwork and found objects. It’s also a fun project that the whole family could help plan. On a traditional salon wall, dozens of objects of…

Put Your Art On It! - A T-shirt Design Competition

Call for Artists
Put Your Art On It!
A T-shirt Design Competition for Students ages 4-18

Mother's Day Coloring Cards

Need a fun Mother's Day Card? Jenn Johnson created these sweet cards that you can use all her favorite colors to personalize them. Click the link below to print, fold them, and share with your…

Art Prompt - Found Words

Create your own set of found words and keep them handy for spontaneous word play. You’ll be surprised at how good the results are- sometimes funny, sometimes profound. Find your supply of words in…

Earth Day Land Art

Happy Earth Day, friends! Consider honoring our planet today by creating a temporary piece of art made only from nature’s treasures. Build a nest, make a mandala, a spiral, spell your name with…

Kitchen, Sewing and Art Supply Coloring Pages

Coloring is a great way to get the creative juices going! Thanks to Jenn Johnson for creating these fun coloring pages for us. Links to download below each image.

Pop-Up Cards

Pop-up cards are a favorite at Prairie Arts Center. Here are a few pro tips for your pop-up project at home: Make sure you don’t cut your supports too thin or too long. You want them stable. Also,

Art Prompt -  Virtual Museum Tour Scavenger Hunt

This week in Art Academy online, we took a virtual tour of the @pittriversmuseum , an archaeology and anthropology museum on the Oxford University campus. It was so much fun to explore the collection…

Standing Stick Sculptures


This one has something for everyone! For many, the fun will be hunting sticks that can stand and trimming them up just right. It’s not easy to get just the right balance! For others, the best…

Art Prompt - Light and Shadow Study

Notice the way the sunlight animates your home. Which spots are touched by the morning sun? The setting sun? On sunny days, light and shadow are deeply contrasted and sharp. On overcast days, the…

Bleeding Tissue Paper Background

The little ones love this process based way to create a colorful background for their artwork! Four ingredients and you’re on your way: watercolor paper, tissue paper, scissors, and a spray bottle.

Art Prompt - Backyard Bontanicals

Last quarter in our Art Academy classes, we focused on collecting as an act of remembrance, of study, of transformation and of joy. Put on your collector’s hat today and wander out to your…

Art Prompt - Street Line Designs

Take a walk today and notice all the lines and shapes painted beneath your feet. Street lines and markings are a great place to find inspiration for an abstract art work. Notice textures especially.

Little Bug Friends

Start simple with basic shapes that have varying color and texture. From there, build a bug friend! Add some wings, some legs, eyes, and antenna. Like most of our featured activities, the supplies…

Celery Heart Roses

Sometimes the simplest forms of mark making are the most satisfying. Press print celery heart roses are a good example! All you need is a celery heart (or two or three), paper, and acrylic paint. Add…

Art Prompt: Matchbox Book

Find a matchbox or another small box around the house and make it a sweet shrine for your dreams. Make it a place for treasure or for a miniature book. Use paint, magazine clippings, old maps,

Expressive Egg Carton Masks

Create unique, expressive masks with just three ingredients: an egg carton, scissors, and glue (acrylic paint optional)! Older kids will enjoy cutting the carton into interesting shapes while the…

Mini Art Book

This little mini art book is simple to make and only requires one sheet of paper and a pair of scissors! Students always seem to love taking ownership of their own book. It could be a place for…

Art Prompt: Watercolor Blob Exchange

Reach out to loved ones with an art exchange through the mail. Have fun creating random watercolor marks on postcards or cards. Send them to friends and family, asking that they turn your “blob”

Noun and Adjective Drawings


Ready, Set, Draw! This one is a favorite of Priairie Arts Center students. Simply create a way for kids to choose a noun and an adjective- this could be on popsicle sticks like in our studio or on…

Rubber Cement Resist

Rubber cement resist is a fun, fluid, relaxing art project for any age! For the best results, use watercolors and watercolor paper. Apply the rubber cement first and allow it to dry naturally or blow…

Art Prompt - Memory Map A Walk

Memory maps are a great way to explore, document, and understand any experience, past or present. Today's prompt is another celebration of the much needed sunshine and warmth in Stillwater. Go…

Art Walk Prompt

Today’s art prompt: go on a walk outside- in the sunshine! ☀️ Look for treasure. Allow yourself to connect to colors, textures, line, shape, size. Be curious. Look down. Bring your favorite…

Chomped

At PAC, we love to see the combination of making + playing. This one goes out to our students who are BIG fans of artwork that can become part of their imaginative play. Caregivers- this one is for…

Happy Little Gallery

Mrs. Lindsey made this "Happy Little Gallery." Print off and follow the prompts around the frames or make your own.

End of the Roll

When you’re done with all that TP, why not make something out of what’s left!? All you really need is a sharpie. For some added fun and flare, maybe haul out some acrylic paint. We made a king, a…

Watercolor Flowers

 All you need is watercolor paper, watercolor paint, a brush, a thin sharpie, and a paper towel. To get the fun bleed and spread of the paint for the flowers, make sure to paint on some clean…

Trace Your Hand Animals

In our first video all you need is paper and a pencil, pen, crayon, or marker. We’d love to see what you do so tag us @prairieartscenter on Instagram or Facebook. @prairieartscenter ❤️ Happy…