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Create with Family Art Project

Join Family Art Project for storytelling and artmaking at home. While we can’t be together at Wave Hill, we want to be a resource for you and your families. Family Art Project is a program where we experience stories, explore your own creative capacity, and build community while creating art inspired by nature and different cultures.

Explore Depth in Distance together through weekly videos that are based on our previously planned projects and made relevant to our current situation. Everyone can do these projects at home with a little bit of creativity and imagination.

You will find a new video posted here each Saturday morning that follows our pre-closure Family Art Project schedule.

Share Your Projects with Us!

Please share your projects by tagging @wavehill and using the hashtags #familyartproject and #depthindistance on our social media platforms so that we can keep the conversation going together!

Geological Wonders

Create canyons and cover your cliffs based on your views of the Palisades across the Hudson. Emulate the forms of the Palisades with cardboard and upcycled materials.


  • Cardboard
  • Upcycled materials like paper towels, coffee filters, etc.
  • Chalk or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Magazine cuttings

Posted: May 30, 2020

Seed Dispersals

Seeds spread and scatter to find new places to grow by way of water, wind, fire and animals. Honor the many ways that plants take root by using upcycled materials found at home to create your own block-prints. Use those block-prints to be like the seeds, and disperse your love and care through the postal service.


  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Posted: May 23, 2020

Shelter in Imagined Landscapes

Imagination is one of our greatest tools for transformation. Build a shelter using natural dye techniques, abstraction, and architectural principles to create the kind of landscapes you want in the world. What imagined landscapes will you create a shelter out of?

Build a shelter using any materials that you may have at home, including:

  • Cardboard
  • Scrap pieces of fabric like bed-sheets, cheesecloth, etc.
  • Found items like umbrellas, pillows, and even furniture

To dye material look in your kitchen for red cabbage, avocado peels and pits, onion skins, turmeric, beets, spinach, coffee grounds, dried flower petals and other colorful foods you think might make a dye.

Posted: May 16, 2020

Whittling and Weaving

Gain a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and art of weaving. Come with us on a journey to learn what other creatures weave, then create your own weaving and embellish for use as tools or sculptures.

Use any materials that you may have at home, including:

  • Natural objects, such as branches, sticks or stems
  • Fabric, such as yarn, thread or recycled clothing
  • Paper or cardboard, including magazines, photographs or copies of artwork

Posted: May 9, 2020

River Keeping

Protect the rivers! Let the stories of great water protectors and riverkeepers inspire you, and use upcycled materials to create works that serve as a reminder for you to be a water protector for the rivers that keep you.

Learn more about riverkeeping and the importance of the Hudson River estuary from our friends at Riverkeeper.

Go deeper into the stories of water protectors highlighted by Waterkeeper Alliance.

Use any materials that you may have at home, including:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Upcycled materials such as magazines, found objects, natural materials

Posted: May 2, 2020

Tree Ring Mandalas

Celebrate Arbor Day Weekend with Tree Ring Mandalas! As a tree grows, it produces a new ring of visible growth each year, marking its history. In a tree ring, you can find information that the tree has carried about its own personal growth, and the changes to its ecosystem. Count the years of your own life to create a mandala that speaks to your growth and the growth of the community around you.

Learn how tree rings can tell your personal life story by following along with this worksheet.

Use Robin Wall Kimmerer's 'honorable harvest' to get tips on how to forage natural materials.

Materials for Tree Ring Mandalas:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper, fabric or cardboard for base
  • To apply to base, use materials you already have such as paper scraps, natural materials (twigs, grass, sand, flower petals, nut shells), household items (string, toothpicks, etc.)

Voiceover credits for Storytelling:
Narrator: Briggs Pierce
The Tree: Anh Ta
The Boy: Ryan Davis

Posted: April 25, 2020

Roots and Routes Portraits

Draw from personal and cultural experiences to reimagine your relationship to nature. Use your own silhouette as the canvas to map out your personal and cultural relationship to the land. Create the topographies and landforms that trace your roots and routes from your own memorabilia, including junk mail, letters, maps and family records.

Posted: April 18

Fantastical Ecosystems and Imaginary Species

Be inspired by your surroundings, and go on an imaginary bioblitz to find make-believe animals and plants that may just exist. Create your own species using objects found in your home, and place them in their very own habitat where they will thrive.

Download this worksheet to tell your animal's story!

Posted: April 11, 2020

Unfurling Field Jounals

Find the nature that unfurls around you. Make handmade journals to document your observations with designs that unfurl as flowers do, recording your naturalist studies. Be inspired by the parts of nature that unfurl in and around your own home.

Posted: April 4, 2020

Hope is a Thing with Feathers

Taking inspiration from Emily Dickinson’s poem, "'Hope' is a thing with feathers," create a bird by tracing your hands onto paper or using finger-paints to provide a little bit of hope during this challenging time. Use natural materials to build your bird its own habitat to live and fly with you at home.

For this project, you will need:

  • Paper in an assortment of colors (magazines, scraps, tin foil – whatever you can get your hands on!)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sticks (optional)
  • Found objects and a collection of natural materials
  • Your hands

Posted: March 28, 2020

We Wash Our Hands

Washing our hands not only makes sure they are clean, it also shows care for ourselves, our families and pets, and our community. For this special introductory video, listen and read along to this poem by Dori Midnight and download the worksheet to create your own poem based on the poem structure. Share your family’s thoughts on why you wash your hands and the ways in which you are connected to each other and nature.

Posted: March 28, 2020