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Geared to children ages 6 – 12. Click the button to download the instruction sheet from the week you choose. 

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Week One

This project has the children of Avalon joining a worldwide movement in which they create rainbows and place them in their windows to spread positivity while staying safer at home. Along with the materials, the kit also includes a color theory lesson.

Week Two

This week’s project expands on the color theory lesson from last week. The kit includes everything need to create a sponge painting that results in a rainbow puzzle. Watch the demo here and click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Three

All month we've been encouraging kids to participate in the worldwide rainbow project: Kids all over the world have been posting rainbows around their houses and in their windows. Why? Because people all around the world see rainbows as a symbol of positivity and hope. 

 

You can wear this week’s rainbow project, give it as a gift or place it where others can see it. Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Four

We are combining the traditional rainbow with an artful scratchboard mask just in time to celebrate the new year. Learn about the history of masks, decorate yours to the fullest extent of your imagination and then wear it with pride.

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Five

This week's project has each child creating kelp art and includes a lesson about the kelp found around the island. The children are asked to mail their completed works of art back to the museum to be incorporated into a kelp forest in the museum's lobby. Learning how to address an envelope and place it in the mail is also part of the lesson. That process kicks off our next theme: Mail. Through a variety of projects we'll be focusing on the mail system and how it has always been uniquely handled on the island.

 

All children who send us their artwork will be entered into a raffle to win the opportunity to send a special message to the mainland using a trained pigeon! Two children will be selected.

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Six

Did you know that some of the very first mail carriers on Catalina Island were pigeons? Learn more about the pigeons and make your own!

 

This project has instructions and materials to make a pigeon out of paper, write a special message on the back, stamp it, address it and mail it to whoever your child chooses. Post or email a photo of the finished pigeon and your child will be entered into a raffle to win a 3-D bird wall decoration kit. When posting, be sure to tag @catalinamuseum and use the hashtag #arttogocatalina

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

Week Seven

Everyone likes to receive letters in the mail! Though not offered in Avalon, most people have a mailbox near their house or at the end of their driveway and the mail is delivered by a letter carrier. This week, kids will create their own mailbox. Using this mailbox at home, they can write and send notes or letters to family and friends or others in their household. 

Post or email a photo of the finished mailbox and your child will be entered into a raffle to win a wooden Titanic postcard! Be sure to tag @catalinamuseum and use the hashtag #arttogocatalina

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Eight

Keeping with the mail theme, this project has kids learning about the art used on USPS postage stamps. Through a few exercises, they'll learn the specifics of what goes on a stamp and why, then they will design their own!

 

Parents: Be sure to post photos of your kids working on their projects or with their finished project each week to give them a chance to win a prize from our Museum Store! Tag us @catalinamuseum and use the hashtag #arttogocatalina so we don't miss it!

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Nine

All month we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Cubs baseball team coming to Catalina Island for Spring Training. Each week we'll share a new project with a baseball theme. To kick it off, we're giving out a baseball to every participant and the first project is a step-by-step lesson in which the kids will learn to draw a baseball.

 

Parents: Be sure to post photos of your kids working on their projects or with their finished project each week to give them a chance to win a prize from our Museum Store! Tag us @catalinamuseum and use the hashtag #arttogocatalina so we don't miss it!

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Ten

All month we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Cubs baseball team coming to Catalina Island for Spring Training. Each week we'll share a new project with a baseball theme. This week's project is going 3-D! We'll learn about where the Cubs trained in Avalon and make a 3-D baseball. 

 

Parents: Be sure to post photos of your kids working on their projects or with their finished project each week to give them a chance to win a prize from our Museum Store! Tag us @catalinamuseum and use the hashtag #arttogocatalina so we don't miss it!

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Eleven

Our theme this month is baseball! We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Cubs holding their spring training on the island. This week’s project includes all materials and instructions to create an artwork of a silhouette of a kid baseball player surrounded by several tints of the color blue. In addition, we'll explore where the Cubs played when they were training on the island.

 

Parents: Be sure to post photos of your kids working on their projects or with their finished project each week to give them a chance to win a prize from our Museum Store! Tag us @catalinamuseum and use the hashtag #arttogocatalina so we don't miss it!

 

Click the button below to download the instructions.

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Week Twelve

This Sunday, February 28th marks the 100 year anniversary since the Chicago Cubs came to Catalina Island. We are celebrating with one of baseball’s favorite snacks – Cracker Jack. The sweet treat can be purchased at baseball games and fans at the games sing about it together in the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

 

🎤 Take me out to the ballgame

Take me out to the crowd

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks

I don’t care if I ever get back  🎼⠀ ⠀

 

In this week’s project, we are making a collage using the Cracker Jack box. After it is complete, you can sit back and enjoy the Cracker Jack snack!

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Week Thirteen

March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating influential women related to Catalina Island. This week we will make a bookmark decorated with plants and flowers in honor of Blanche Trask while learning more about this woman botanist from early 1900s.

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Week Fourteen

March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating women who have made history on Catalina Island. This week we will make a bead and abalone pendant necklace in honor of Mary Stein who is a musician, a horsewoman, a boat captain, a business owner and a diver who lives in Avalon today.

 

Mary is one of only three women to ever receive a license from the state of California giving her permission to dive for and collect abalone. The shells in this week’s project are provided by Mary who collected them from 1976 to the early 1990s before a disease caused the abalone to die. Today, they are protected and it is illegal to collect them.

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Week Fifteen

March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating women who have made history on Catalina Island. This week we will make a taxidermy fish in honor of Mrs. Emily Parker. In 1924, she took over her husband's taxidermy business and joined the ranks of very few females doing that type of work at the time.

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Week Sixteen

March is Women’s History Month and to end our month of celebrating amazing women from Catalina Island we honor Cindi Alvitre.

 

The Tongva Native Americans who lived on Catalina Island had access to a very soft soapstone which they fashioned into bowls, ornaments and other beautiful items. They also made copies of the animals that lived on the island and in the sea. Some of the animals they carved into soapstone were whales. Today we are going to make a copy of a whale from soap rather than soapstone.

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Week Seventeen

Spring has sprung! All month we'll be creating projects that celebrate this bright and cheery time of year.

 

Since Easter is on Sunday, we are learning about the history of decorating eggs and making yarn eggs.

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Week Eighteen

All month we'll be creating projects that celebrate this bright and cheery time of year and are Earth Day related. This week's project is a windsock with all 7 continents represented.

 

All materials are included and kids are encouraged to hang them to show they are committed to making our Earth a better place.

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Week Nineteen

All month we'll be creating projects that celebrate this bright and cheery time of year and are Earth Day related.

 

This week we are making upcycled flowers out of a plastic water bottle. Did you know Catalina Island is home to more than 400 native plants and 200 non-native plants? Catalina even has 7 plants that are found only on the island!

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Week Twenty

It is springtime on Catalina Island! The birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming. For the month of April, we’re creating projects that celebrate this bright and cheery time of year and are Earth Day related. This week we are learning about some island birds while making a bird feeder for your home.

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Week Twenty-One

We are preparing for our Cinco de Mayo Celebration and need your help!

 

This week, we are making Papel Picado (punched paper). This colorful and decorative craft is considered Mexican folk art. We are asking that the completed craft be dropped off at the museum prior to Wednesday, May 5th and will help as decorations for our upcoming Cinco de Mayo Celebration taking place on May 5th at 6 pm in the museum's outdoor plazas!!

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Week Twenty-Two

Mother's Day is this weekend and we have the perfect project to make for Mom! Pick up this week's Art to Go kit and you'll be able to decorate your own tote bag. We are suggesting you color it especially for mom so when she uses it she will think of you!

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Week Twenty-Three

May is the month of various celebrations like May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, graduations and Memorial Day. These celebrations provide many opportunites to use a handheld fan to keep cool. For this week’s project, we’ll be learning about the history of fans and creating one of our own using part of a paper plate and some colorful string.

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Week Twenty-Four

Spring is a time when flowers are blooming and we are dreaming of upcoming beach days with colorful floaties, swimsuits, boats and more. Colorful and bright colors make people happy. Many of those bright colors can be found all around us. For this week’s project, we’ll be using colorful string to create our own stained “glass window” design.

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Week Twenty-Five

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 31st. This national holiday is in place to recognize the brave men and women who gave their lives while serving in the United States military. Red poppy flowers are the national emblem of remembrance and are often worn in honor of Memorial Day. For this week’s project, we’ll be making felt poppy pins that you can wear on Monday to honor these individuals.

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Week Twenty-Six

Catalina Island’s iconic Casino building just celebrated its 92nd birthday on May 29th. 

 

When the Casino opened in 1929, it marked the end of 10 years of improvments and additions by William Wrigley Jr. Construction of it began in February of 1928. It is as tall as a 

12-story building but really only features 2 main spaces: a theatre and a ballroom. In this week’s project you will learn about blueprints and start construction on your own Casino.

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Week Twenty-Seven

 On Monday, June 14th, Flag Day is celebrated in the United States. Back in 1777 on that same day, our country officially adopted a flag as its own.  

 

 To celebrate a day created for our flag, we’ll be making our own Catalina flag. If you remember last week’s project, we learned about the construction of the iconic Casino building. It has a number of flags flying around its rooftop. When creating your flag, imagine it flying proudly on the Casino with the American flag.

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Week Twenty-Eight

Summer has come to Catalina Island and that means visitors traveling from around the country. Many of these visitors will buy a memento to take home with them. A memento is an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person, place or event. Keychains are common mementos. Did you know keychains have been around since 1700 BC? Learn more of that history with this week's project. We are making a keychain. You may choose to keep it or to give it to a family member or friend as a gift. 

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Week Twenty-Nine

Many current designs and crafts are often inspired by objects or art created by other cultures. This week’s project is called a god’s eye or ojo de dios. They were originally made by the Huichol, the indigenous people of Western Mexico who used them for prayer and protection. This project is also good for kids since the process of weaving is reflective and meditative. It is also a great activity to increase fine motor skills and coordination.

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Week Thirty

This week's project is all about the celebration of Independence Day. We'll learn more about why we celebrate with fireworks and show off our country's flag on the 4th of July while making a flag decoration using corks!

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Week Thirty-One

Who doesn’t like the idea of treasure?! At the museum, we treasure all of the art and artifacts in our collection. In this case, treasure means to keep carefully. In general treasures are often precious metals, gems and other valuable objects. This week’s project is to paint and personalize your own wooden treasure chest to hold those precious items. You could also use it to keep your art supplies safe, starting with this week’s paints and paintbrush.

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Week Thirty-Two

This week's project explains the difference between various types of paint and then we'll paint a suncatcher (or light catcher). It is believed that suncatchers were first made by the Southwestern Native-Americans.

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Week Thirty-Three

Summer on the island brings along a light breeze. What better way to enjoy those days than with a colorful pinwheel! A pinwheel is a child’s toy consisting of a stick with colored vanes that twirl in the wind. For this week’s project, you’ll be coloring and putting together your own pinwheel.