Gadsden Arts @ Home

Gadsden Arts | COVID-19

While the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum remains closed to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus, we will be updating this page with virtual resources for you to enjoy from home. Please like us on Facebook to see additional resources, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Live Online Events

Creativity in an Uncreative Place

Thursday, June 4, 1pm

Dave Gussak, Professor for Florida StateUniversity's Graduate Art Therapy Program and Project Coordinator of the FSU/FL-DOC Art Therapy in Prisons Program, will explore the concept of Art as Therapy in a presentation entitled “Creativity in Uncreative Places” through Eddy Mumma’s work, and an exhibition of the work of several prison inmates, including “The Candy Man". The Candy Man was incarcerated alongside one of Florida’s Highwaymen Painters, and through this relationship inspired to paint. He produced exquisite Florida landscapes using the materials he had at hand: pigments made from M&M candy shells, brushes made from his own hair, file folders as his painting ground, and floor wax to “varnish” his pieces. Other artists featured in the exhibition used shoe polish, trash bags, cardboard, and other found objects to make their contraband works of art. Dave Gussak will explore the therapeutic benefits of art making for artists like Mumma and The Candy Man, and the human drive to create that can flourish in unlikely circumstances and elevate the reality of the creator despite limitation imposed by the environment.

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Art Talks Live!

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Join fellow art lovers in this online forum to learn about the life of Eddy Mumma, a lonely shut-in living in Gainesville, Florida, who painted over 1,000 works and refused to sell a single one. The story shares how this reclusive master colorist and his work were discovered, and later, how 800 of his artworks were rescued from the dumpster, to later arrive in major U.S. museums. Anissa Ford, Education Director will give this presentation via ZOOM, followed by opportunities for discussion.

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Art @ Home Activities

Crayon Rubbing

Want to know some fun ways to make art at home? Here's one of our favorite projects: Nature Crayon Rubbings. Steps: 1. Find leaves and flowers in your yard. 2. Place leaves under a piece of paper. 3. Using the flat side of a peeled crayon, rub on the paper to reveal the leaf's shape and texture! Ta da!

Bubble Art

Looking for more ways to make Art @ Home with the kids? Try experimenting with Bubble Art! Using dish soap and food coloring in a shallow tray, gently blow bubbles and then press your paper onto the bubbles to reveal interesting patterns! If you have a bubble wand, you can also blow bubbles onto paper and watch the designs they create as they pop!

Marbleized Paper

Another fun Art @ Home with Gadsden Arts! This time we're making marbleized paper. You'll need: a tray, shaving cream, food coloring, a fork, a ruler (plastic works best), and paper. Watch the video for step-by-step instructions. #MuseumFromHome

Big Bend Quilt Trail

Get inspired by the #BigBendQuiltTrail to make your own geometric quilt block designs. You can use magazines, construction paper, or newspapers as your paper and design a quilt block onto our template! If you need inspiration, you can take a look at some of the designs made by our community partners on

Salt Dough

This one is great for little little ones in particular: Salt Dough! All you need is flour, salt, and water to make your own dough that you can sculpt and play with. Mix 2 parts flour, with 1 part salt, and 1 part water. Mix the flour and salt together and slowly add in water, one tbsp at a time until combined. If the dough is too wet, add more flour; too dry, add more water. If you'd like, you can even add in food coloring and then make ornaments or handprint art out of the dough. To harden, bake at 250ºF for 1-2 hours depending on thickness and size.

Paper Folding

Make beautiful art through folding paper! You can use whatever supplies you have like sticky notes, construction paper, magazines, or newspapers! Steps: 1. Cut your paper into a square. 2. Fold the square in half. 3. Fold one corner up to the middle. 4. Fold the other corner to the middle. You'll now have a triangle with two flaps popping up! 5. Repeat until you have a lot of triangles. 6. Assemble your triangles onto a piece of paper in an interesting design. Move them around until you find a design you like, and then glue your design down. You can even try making a symmetrical design (one that looks the same on both sides).

Blown Ink

Experiment with any kind of liquid paint you have (watercolor, ink, even food coloring with water) to create fun blown ink art! Start by adding a few drops of paint on your paper. Then, using a straw, blow the ink into different directions.
Want to take it one step farther? After you've down the blown ink, try adding faces, or other details to your artworks!

Symmetry Art

Another fun Art @ Home project to try! Symmetry is an important principle of design and can be used to make interesting art. To do a symmetrical abstract painting, start by folding a paper in half. Then, open it up and dot some paint near the fold. Close the paper back up, and rub the two sides together. When you open your paper, you'll see the same design on both sides: symmetry!

Relief Art

Create your own relief artwork with only glue, foil, and cardboard. You can even embellish with markers, or use your relief artwork to create crayon rubbings! 1. Draw a design on a piece of cardboard or cereal type box. 2. Trace the design with liquid glue and let it dry completely (several hours, or overnight). 3. Cover the dried piece with aluminum foil. Color the design with markers or use the piece to make a print by placing paper over it and rubbing a crayon over it to reveal the design.


This great project from Ms. Donna is a favorite at camp: Suncatchers created from glue and food coloring. 1. Fill a plastic or aluminum plate, lid or other low sided container with enough glue to cover the entire area. 2. Drop food coloring on to the glue. 3. Use a toothpick to swirl the food coloring. DON'T over work it. 4. Let it dry completely, usually overnight in a dry place. Then pop it out and place it on a window. It will stick like a cling on and peel off easily.

Geometric Chalk Art

When the weather is nice, explore the fun of sidewalk chalk by trying to make a geometric pattern. Using tape (painters tape is best, but masking tape works too), create a design on your sidewalk. For a fun challenge, try creating an animal or recognizable shape out of geometric shapes (can you spy the cat in our example?). Color each section with a different color of chalk. You can even layer different colors of chalk to make new colors!

Paper Towel Roll Prints

Save those paper towel and toilet paper rolls for fun art projects like paper towel roll printing! Bend, fold, cut, and shape your rolls into interesting shapes like hearts, triangles, leaf shapes and more and then dip your rolls in whatever paint you have before pressing to paper to create a unique art print!

Symmetry Prints

For Symmetry Prints, all you need is a piece of paper, crayons, and something to press against the paper like a popsicle stick or a spoon. 1. Fold your paper in half. 2. Fold your paper in half again. 3. Open your paper back up so you'll have 4 even sections. 4. Create a design in crayon in 1 of the 4 sections. Make sure to press down with your crayons and make thick lines. 5. Fold your paper back in half (only once) with the drawing on the inside. Then, using your popsicle stick or spoon, rub over where your designs are to transfer them to the other side. 6. Open your paper back up to see the transfer, and trace over your light lines to make them bold like the first lines. You'll notice that they are mirror images and create symmetry! 7. Repeat this process to transfer the image on the other half, and you will have created an image with radial symmetry!


Today's fun art project is also one you can play with outside when you're done! Create a WINDBALL out of 8 paper circles following these steps: 1. Trace 8 circles using something circular for a pattern, and cut them out. 2. Decorate them as you wish. 3. Fold them in half both directions making 4 equal parts. 4. Cut each circle on one of the folded lines just to the middle. 5. Overlap the pieces to make a triangular pocket. 6. Next you will be adding fractions. One ball is made up of 8 pieces, or 1/8th each. Two pieces put together make up 1/4. Four pieces put together make 1/2. And two halves make a whole! 9. Glue the sections together to make a ball. 10. Let it dry completely (overnight is best). 11. Toss the ball in the air and volley by yourself or with others. When you play with it outside it sometimes get lifted on the breeze hence the name: windball.

Stop Motion Animation

Create your own stop motion animation video! This instructional video comes with lots of great tips for making your own stop motion animation. Special thank you to Carter Nelson for creating this whole video for us. 

Carter uses iMotion to create his stop motion video, and provides helpful tips and tricks plus two sample videos and behind the scenes of making them! 

Check out the video on YouTube.

Sharing Resources

Submit resources to be added to our growing list by emailing Education Director, Anissa Ford.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.