Free Family Art Kits

gallupARTS’ Free Family Art Kits are designed by local artists to be structured as well as open-ended.
Learn a new skill and then run with your own ideas!

Round 3: March – May 2022

This spring, gallupARTS will be distributing 900 Kits to families across McKinley County
in partnership with the Zuni Public Library.
Monthly Kits: 
  • May 5: Paint and Play with Texture by Jerry and MB Brown
    Use unconventional painting tools to create a colorful, abstract, and expressive 5″ x 7″ canvas. 
  • April 2: Make a Mobile by Tine Hayes
    Design, color, cut, and shape a sculptural, multi-dimensional, and move-able work of art.  
  • May 7: Well-Being Journal by Mallery Quetawki
    Make a small journal from recycled materials and pages to fill with your dreams, reflections, and observations–including guided activities designed by Mallery to celebrate the unique and wonderful YOU!
Distributions will be first Saturdays (March 5, April 2, May 7).
  • 200 Free Family Art Kits will be distributed on the above dates on a first-come-first-served basis at ART123 Gallery.
  • 100 Free Family Art Kits will be distributed on the above dates on a first-come-first-served basis by the Zuni Public Library at 1pm at the Zuni Fairgrounds (adjacent to CU First Financial).

Funding provided by New Mexico Arts.

Round 1: July – December 2020

1,400 distributed to 450+ families.

Funding provided by the WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through CARES Act of 2020.

Round 2: April – June 2021

950 kits distributed to 500+ families.

Funding provided by New Mexico Arts.

Find download-able written instructions (including materials lists) and links to YouTube video tutorials below for current and past Kits! 

July 2020: Salt Painting Kit
Learn how to create a sandpainting-esque artwork using glue, salt and watercolor paint. Then, let your creativity shine! Create landscapes, abstracts, still lifes—whatever you can imagine.

    • Get the written instructions for the Salt Painting Kit here.
    • Watch the video tutorial for the Salt Painting Kit here

August 2020: Spin a Yarn Kit
Create turtles, butterflies or animals of your own invention from colorful yarn and popsicle sticks. 

    • Get the written instructions for the Spin a Yarn Kit here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the turtle here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the butterfly here

September 2020: Harvest Time Kit
Make jumbo paper flowers and rain-sticks from recycled materials, tissue paper, and beads.

    • Get the written instructions for the Harvest Time Kit here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the paper flowers here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the rain sticks here

October 2020: Happy Halloween Kit
What creature can you turn a paper plate into with just scissors, markers and glue? A lion, an alien, a ladybug, a cow? Make your own mask and also sculpt and paint a silly or scary clay monster.

    • Get the written instructions for the Happy Halloween Kit here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the clay monsters here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the paper plate masks here

November 2020: Pipe Cleaner Magic Kit
Discover the magic of pipe cleaners. Twist them into beautiful beaded ears of corn and flower rings. 

    • Get the written instructions for the Pipe Cleaner Magic Kit here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the pipe cleaner rings here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the beaded corn here

December 2020: Winter Fun Kit

Celebrate the season with miniature hot air balloons (in honor of the Red Rock Balloon Rally) and pop-up and picture wheel holiday cards!

    • Get the written instructions for the Winter Fun Kit here
    • Watch the video tutorial for the holiday cards here
    • Watch the video for the hot air balloons here

April 24, 2021: Rainbow Wall Hanging by Diné artist Tasha N.

Create a personality-filled, happy-go-lucky rainbow wall hanging from a variety of types of paper.

Download the Rainbow Wall Hanging written instructions here

View the video tutorial here.

May 29, 2021: Mini Accordion Book by Amer-Asian artist Dana Aldis

Cut, fold and bind a mini accordion book to fill with poems, drawings, summer adventure stories, observations, and inspirational messages this spring!

Download the Mini Accordion Book written instructions here.

View the video tutorial here

June 19: Activity Book + Father’s Day Cards

Zuni artist Mackenzie Cheama created a tattoo-style activity book for you color, cut and paste into a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day cards for the special datchu / shizhé’é / dad in your life–hand-lettering guide included!

Download the Father’s Day Card written instructions here.

View the video tutorial here.

 

March 5, 2022: Paint and Play with Texture

Use unconventional painting tools to create a colorful, expressive and textural 5″ x 7″ canvas.

  • View/download the written instructions here
  • View the demo video here.

Designed by Jerry Brown and MB

 

April 2: Make a Mobile

Design, color, cut, and shape a sculptural, multi-dimensional, and move-able work of art.  
 
  • View/download the written instructions here.
  • View the instructional video here.

Designed by Tine Hayes

 

 
May 7: Well Being Journal 
 
Make a small journal from recycled materials and pages to fill with your dreams, ideas, reflections, and observations–including four guided activities designed by Mallery to celebrate the unique and wonderful YOU!
 
  • View/download the written instructions here
  • View the instructional video here
 
Designed by Mallery Quetawki
 
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