The Palmer Museum of Art has a growing number of virtual resources to explore from home. You can view work from the collection, as well as special exhibitions, gallery talks, lectures, and more through the following resources.
Check back often as we update and add to the list.
- Art Activities
- African Brilliance coloring pages - Looking for new coloring ideas for the kids? - or for yourself to keep calm and create? These coloring pages feature artwork from African Brilliance: A Diplomat's Sixty Years of Collecting. Download the images to print and color or save them on your phone or tablet to use with a coloring app. Created by Palmer Museum graduate assistant Chelsea Borgman.
- Assemblage Activity after Louise Nevelson - This short video is a fun and easy art project using supplies from around the house. It walks you through making an 'assemblage,' inspired by one of artist Louise Nevelson's works in the Palmer Collection, Diminishing Reflection XXIII. Nevelson (1899-1988) was an American sculptor known for creating large-scale sculptures from used, cast-off, and found materials. She referred to herself as "the original recycler" because of her extensive use of discarded objects. After collecting, cutting, and manipulating everyday materials, she would assemble them into large 3D collages and spray them a single, unifying color, often black. Her use of color served to disguise the material's original purpose and highlight the visual elements of line, space, shape, and repetition within her composition. Send photos of your finished creations to email@example.com or post a pic and tag us on social media! Created by Palmer Museum education intern Jules Edelmann.
- Cyanotypes - Enjoying the warming temperatures? Here is a great art activity to do while spending some time in the great outdoors. Follow Michele Randall, supervisor at the Palmer Museum Store, to experiement with creating cyanotypes, images that use photo-sensitive materials to create a beautiful blue silhouette. Some special materials are needed, and supply links are shown in the video.
- Mancala Gameboard inspired by African Brilliance - Kids and families love to play Mancala. It's a simple game that rewards players who master its challenges with thoughtful strategy. If you're looking for a new game to try at home, this video guides you through creating your own Mancala gameboard using a recycled egg carton. The art activity and game were inspired by the Palmer's spring exhibition African Brilliance, which features an intricately carved wooden gameboard in the likeness of a ram, a fiercely competitive animal. Created by Palmer Museum education intern Hannah Thornton. For a step-by-step PDF lesson plan of how to make your gameboard and instructions on how to play Mancala, click here.
- Paper Beads Art Activity inspired by African Brilliance - Enjoy making your own beads for decoration or jewelry with simple supplies from around the house! In this activity, create beautiful beads inspired by the Kuba beadwork from the African Brilliance exhibition with just paper, glue, and scissors. Created by Palmer Museum intern Jules Edelmann.
- Repetitive Pattern Drawing Art Activity inspired by African Briliance - This quick and simple drawing tutorial is for everyone, no matter what you think of your drawing skills. Inspired by the Kuba patterns of the textiles in African Brilliance, use shapes and lines to jazz up your sketchbook or create your own coloring pages. Created by Palmer Museum intern Hannah Thornton.
- Weaving Activity inspired by African Brilliance - Looking to stay creative at home? This video features an easy and relaxing weaving activity, complete with tips on how to use supplies from around the house to create a loom and even make your own materials. The activity was inspired by the Palmer's spring exhibition African Brilliance that includes beautiful woven raffia textiles made by the Kuba people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Created by Palmer Museum education intern Jules Edelmann. For a step-by-step PDF lesson plan of how to create your weaving, click to view or download here.
- Gallery Talks and Lectures
- From Nomoli to Export Ivories: 16th Century Sierra Leonean Artists and Their Local and European Patrons - Lecture by Kathy Curnow, Associate Professor of Art History, Cleveland State University - Sixteenth-century coastal Sierra Leone included a multitude of Temne and Bullom artists who made small soapstone figures (called 'nomoli' today), as well as wooden figures and masks and ivory trumpets. After Portuguese contact in 1462, they expanded their repertoire to make ivory saltcellars, horns, cutlery, and ecclesiastical items for these foreigners. They retained their figurative style and some motifs, but adapted their works for foreign tastes, creating a cottage industry that lasted for less than a century. Co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art, African Studies Program, and the Department of Art History.
- Grounded: Environments in Flux - Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day - 1:00 p.m. - Melissa Leaym-Fernandez, Ph.D. Candidate in Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- - Christopher B. Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology and Director of the Museum Studies Program, Connecticut College - Here Dr. Steiner explroe the history of African art collecting in Liberia by examining the work of American medical-missionary Dr. George W. Harley. By tracing his career in Lieberia between 1925 and 1960, the lecture reveals how Dr. Harley shifted from ethnographic collecting in the 1930s and 1940s to marketing objects for a burgeoning African art market in America beginning in the 1950s. Steiner considers such issues as the ethics of field collecting, the cultural construction of authenticity, and the role of provenance in the contemporary market for "high end" African art. Co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art, African Studies Program, and Department of Art History.
- Online Exhibitions and Virtual Tours
- African Brilliance: Virtual Tour - Explore an interactive tour of celebrated exhibition African Brilliance even though you can't take a field trip! Though this tour was created with teachers, students, and families in mind, everyone can enjoy installation images, pictures of selected works, videos for guided viewing, and related art-making activity suggestions. Use your mouse or touch screen to click the navigational buttons included throughout the presentation to move through the tour. (Note: using the Chrome browser may optimize your experience).