An ongoing collection of hands-on art activities, which can be enjoyed from home or school. Suitable for all ages.
In the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the Year of the Ox! In honour of the Lunar New Year, enjoy these colouring pages designed by artist Christie Carrière, Co-Creative Director of Tea Base. Tea Base has been in residency with MOCA for the past few months, presenting virtual mahjong demonstrations and researching oral histories to create […]
Recommended Age: All-Ages Working with clay can reduce feelings of negativity and lessen anxiety. A pinch pot is a small vessel you can create with your hands and other tools easily found around the house. These tutorial images and videos will guide you through the process of building a pinch pot animal! You will need: […]
Using Suminagashi to access your inner being Have you ever wondered what the quiet peaceful mind (or chaotic loud mind) looks like? I am introducing Suminagashi (the beautiful Japanese Marbling technique) as a way to access the core of our being- our innate wholeness. I spent several weeks in October working on Michael Lin’s […]
Halloween is here, and what better time for a pumpkin painting activity? Pumpkin painting is a great (and safe) alternative to carving, and can be done with small and large pumpkins alike! We have teamed up with artist Stephanie Bellefleur, who created a design that you can use as a template or stencil when painting […]
What is erasure? In Fatma Bucak and Krista Belle Stewart’s MOCA exhibition Acts of Erasure, the term means removing some or all of a person or community’s identity, history, or stories from memory, consciousness, archives, or media. Through their artwork, Bucak and Stewart confront the erasure of their cultural and political identities. While we may […]
Recommended Age: All-Ages Inspired by the mythological figure in Yazan Khalili’s exhibition Medusa, learn how to sculpt your own paper clay masks. Masks are objects that possess multiple meanings; from unknown identities, to face coverings. Create your own artifact that captures hidden histories. All of the tutorial images were shot on an smartphone, emphasizing the technology […]
August 30–December 18, 2020 Recommended Age: All-Ages Indoor Jogging is an online booklet of sound-making and listening exercises by artists/composers/musicians Germaine Liu and Christopher Willes. Each exercise takes the form of an audio score (voice recording) that invites a friendly exchange with an object and your immediate surroundings. Indoor Jogging is a guided listening for […]
Recommended Age: All Ages This activity is inspired by Vvzela Kook’s work, Columbus of Horticulture, available to watch on MOCA’s Shift Key platform until August 31. Click here to watch. In her film Columbus of Horticulture, Vvzela Kook explores the history of plant discovery and collection during European exploration and colonization. In the colourful […]
Recommended Age: All-Ages For this month’s TD Community Sunday, enjoy our MOCA Summer 2020 Activity Package! Bring some inspiration home with you and try out these five activities, each of which is inspired by one of the exhibitions currently on view at the museum. Click here for the Summer 2020 Activity Package Activity 1: […]
Recommended Age: All-Ages What does cardboard make you think of? What can it be used for? Cardboard is a simple, everyday material, and people associate cardboard with many different things, such as shelter, parcel delivery, moving, and recycling. Artist Carlos Bunga uses cardboard to create many of his artworks. By changing the shape, texture, layout, and […]
Recommended Age: All Ages Read with Nadia Nadia L. Hohn is an author, musician and educator based in Toronto. In this video, Nadia shares excerpts from two of her stories, Malaika’s Costume and Malaika’s Winter Carnival, as well as some songs and rhymes. After reading with Nadia, you can follow the activity instructions below to […]
Recommended Age: All-Ages As many of us have been working or learning from home these past few months, you have likely set up an office or workspace somewhere in your home – whether that is a proper office with a desk, or a different room such as the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, or basement. What […]
Recommended Age: All-Ages Evelyn Lambart is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in early Canadian animation. She is known for her distinct cut paper animations that feature colourful, hand-painted characters depicting Aesop’s Fables, and other stories. Lambart used stop motion animation to make her films. Against a black backdrop set up on a large […]
Recommended Age: All Ages (Children under 10 should try this activity with an adult) Though drawing is typically viewed as a springboard to further artistic production, this activity will explore drawing as a fundamental practice in its own right. I like drawing because it is both intuitive and forgiving. You can accidentally spill ink over […]
Recommended Age: All Ages Look closely at the photos on the wall in this installation shot of Shelagh Keeley’s MOCA exhibition, An Embodied Haptic Space. Shelagh took these pictures of MOCA’s home, the heritage Tower Automotive Building, before museum renovations had started. At first glance, you may see rubble, chipping paint, and industrial floors in […]
Carlos Bunga, Sarah Sze, and Megan Rooney all use everyday objects in their work to create interesting shapes, landscapes, and sculptural forms. In Occupy 2020, Carlos Bunga uses only cardboard boxes (over 500 of them!) to create a large sweeping landscape that is both meditative and playful. Sarah Sze created Images in Debris by combining […]
See the museum in a whole new way with this I Spy activity. Throughout your visit to MOCA, try and find all of these things, checking them off as you go. The search will take you all over—and even outside—the museum.
Click on the image below for a fillable PDF copy:
MOCA’s home at 158 Sterling Road is a heritage building! It’s official name is the Tower Automotive Building. Can you guess what this building used to be before it was converted into a museum?
When it was built in 1919, the Tower Automotive Building was one of the tallest buildings in Toronto. What do you think is the tallest building in Toronto today?