ART JAM | FREE Family-Friendly Fun To-Go

Saturday, May 8th, 2021 | Kit Drive-Through: 10am-1pm @ 2541 Bayou Rd.
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KID smART’s annual celebration of imagination invites families near and far to create works of art that blend drama, music, creative writing, and visual art with math, science, social studies, and English language arts. Normally an interactive, family-centered block party, ART JAM 2021 took the form of a FREE, ready-to-create art kit!

DRIVE-THROUGH >> New Orleans families picked up their ready-to-go bag of art supplies and other goodies at the ART JAM Drive-Through on Saturday, May 8th, 2021. ART JAM Kit registration was FREE with the option to support KID smART arts education programs in New Orleans public schools.

Participants outside of New Orleans were able to skip the Drive-Through and access the activities below.

ACTIVITIES >> The included arts-integrated activities were easy enough for children to do on their own, but fun enough for the whole family to enjoy together. Click here to explore!

RAFFLE >> The activities could last a day, a month, or until the next ART JAM, but there was a reward for immediate imagination! Families sent us photos of their completed activities to enter the ART JAM Raffle!

POST-ART JAM >> The remaining ART JAM kits will be distributed throughout the year at community events, in our partner schools, and to other family-centered spaces across town. 

ART JAM Activity Lineup

Can’t decide where to start? Print the ART JAM fortune teller!

Social Studies

Whimsy Post: Materials + Instructions

Whimsy Post with Draw-A-Thon

Send love + art near and far! Stay connecting with your friends, family, and community. In this activity, you can show a relative or friend how much you miss them by designing and mailing your own postcard!

Materials: postcard, colored pencils, 1 stamp

1. Pick a friend or family member you want to send this postcard to, and write their name and address on the front
2. Write a sweet or silly note to that person in the space on the left side of their address
3. On the back of the postcard, draw a picture for your friend. This can be a scene or some colorful designs! Use your imagination and draw something fun!
4. Put a stamp on your postcard in the top right corner above the address
5. Mail your postcard 6. In a few days, your friend will receive your fun postcard in their mailbox!

Visual Art

Love Drops: Materials + Instructions

Love Drops with Arts Coach Samantha King

Rocks last for eons. So do legacies. Bringing people together in support and appreciation of each other is a wonderful legacy. Paint uplifting words on your river rocks, and leave them on your neighbors’ porches or in places where people will find them and smile!

Materials: rocks, paint, paintbrush

1. Paint inspirational messages on your rock
2. Seal the paint with clear nail polish or a sealant like Mod Podge.
3. Put the rocks in places around your neighborhood.
4. Watch the people smile, and feel proud that you put a little joy in someone’s day!


WE the PEOPLE Monologues: Materials + Instructions

We the PEOPLE Monologues with Arts Coach Zeb Hollins, III

What does The Constitution/Bill of Rights mean to you? Create a monologue (one character speaking uninterrupted 1-2 minutes) expressing what impact The Constitution or The Bill of Rights has on your life. Then perform the monologue for friends and family!

Materials: Copy of United States Constitution or Bill of Rights; writing utensil, writing paper, recording device (audio/visual)

1. Selection: which amendment, phrase, or clause speaks to you (freedom of speech, assembly, right to bear arms, etc.)
2. Characterization: decide who you would like to be (self, lawmaker, student, teacher, etc.),
3. In role: write from the point of view of your ‘character’ about what the Bill of Rights mean to you; incorporate feelings/emotions, and hopes/dreams
4. Rehearse/rewrite: Read your ‘monologue’ aloud several times; make any changes or edits
5. Performance: Record an audio or video version of your monologue; perform monologue for family or friends


Illustrated Recipe Card: Materials + Instructions

Illustrated Recipe Cards with Teaching Artist Erin Doherty

Create an illustrated and/or collaged recipe card to be a part of a community cookbook! Find a recipe for a dish you really love. This recipe could be from online, another cookbook, or a family recipe. This could be for a dish that represents your culture or heritage! What will make these recipe cards even more special is using illustration to give them a beautiful and special quality!

Materials: Recipe Card, pencil, colored pencils or other coloring materials
Optional Materials: old magazines/newspaper, gluestick, scissors

1. Find a recipe! Ask someone in your family for a recipe for your favorite food. Alternatively, find other recipes online and in other cookbooks! Take care to get the correct measurements for each ingredient and the step-by-step directions.
2. On your recipe card fill in your name and the name of your recipe.
3. In the section titled “You Will Need,” your illustrations begin! For each ingredient draw a small picture of the ingredient and color it in. If you wish, you may also cut small pictures of the ingredients out of magazines and paste. Take care to label each picture with the correct name and amount of the ingredient.
4. Next, under the “Image Completed Recipe” section, draw a picture of the complete dish!
5. Finally, write out the step-by-step directions of making your dish!


My Plant Photo Diary: Materials + Instructions

My Plant Photo Diary with Arts Coach Zeb Hollins, III

Observing and documenting the life cycle of a plant can be an exciting science experiment. Observe and record the life cycle of a plant. Then create a photo diary of the step-by-step process for growing a plant using tableau, a frozen picture/image; to ‘freeze in the moment’ utilizing facial expressions, body language, levels, and emotions.

Materials: seeds (tomato, bean, other), ‘plant life cycle’ diagram, camera, assistant

1. Seed: photograph then plant seed; photograph ‘self’ as seed
2. Seedling: photograph seedling; photograph ‘self’ as seedling.
3. Young Plant: photograph young plant; photograph ‘self’ as young plant.
4. Adult Plant: photograph adult plant; photograph ‘self’ as adult plant.
5. Place images side by side in a photo diary. Diary may be digital or printed and made into hard copy.


Sidewalk Chalk Poetry: Materials + Instructions

Sidewalk Chalk Poetry with Arts Coach Tiana Nobile

What do you wish for in the future? It can be a wish for you, your family, your community, your school, your pet, the world — whatever you want! Write a line(s) of poetry starting with “I wish…” on the sidewalk using chalk!

Materials: sidewalk chalk

1. Brainstorm your wish. It can be silly or serious!
2. Write your one-line poem starting with “I wish” on the sidewalk with chalk
3. Write it as many times as you want or write more wishes!
4. Think about your wish every time you see your poem.


Rubber Band Family Band: Materials + Instructions

Rubber Band Family Band with Teaching Artist Kevyn Miller

Music is everywhere! In this activity, we will find the music in everyday household items like rubber bands, straws, and chopsticks. By the end, you’ll have enough instruments for a family band!

Materials: 5 rubber bands, 5 straws, 1 kazoo, 2 plastic easter eggs, rice, chopsticks, tape

Egg Shaker Instructions:
1. Open the plastic egg, fill one side half-way with rice.
2. Close the egg and use tape to seal the opening.
3. Decorate with stickers or permanent markers.
4. Shake!
Science Connection: Try using different household items like beans, popcorn kernels, beads, etc. and predict how each filling will change the sound of the shaker!

Rubber Banjo Instructions:
1. Find a plastic container, tissue box, or other small box.
2. Wrap rubber bands around the box in straight lines.
3. Use your fingers to strum the rubber band strings.
Science Connection: Try adjusting the length of the rubber band to change the pitch of your strings. How do you think the tightness of the rubber band affects the sound?

Straw Pan Flute Instructions:
1. Trim off the bendy-part of all straws and line them up evenly. Adjust each straw so that it is higher than the next and they look like stairs.
2. Cut a straight line across all 5 straws. Use tape to secure them in a straight line with the openings of one side all in a row.
3. Blow air across the top of each straw to make sounds!
Science Connection: How do the different lengths of each straw affect the pitch of the flute?

Chopstick Drumsticks: Decorate and use to turn items like boxes, tupperware containers, and more into drums!

Kazoo: Hum or sing the word “who” into the broad end of the kazoo. The pitch of the instrument depends on your voice so try humming your favorite song or nursery rhyme.


Making a Scene: Materials + Instructions

Making A Scene with Teaching Artist Sean Glazebrook

Pick two characters from the block where you live to star in your scene. They can be people you know, people you make up, or even “people” like pets, trees, etc. Be creative and see what happens when two characters meet! Follow the formula below to put your scene together.

Materials: script schema

1. Take a look around your neighborhood (make sure to ask a parent or older family member to help!)
2. Notice any interesting people, pets, animals, plants, or houses that you think could be interesting characters.
3. Take notes on anything interesting you see.
4. Before you write your scene, read over your notes. Pick two (or more) characters to be in your scene.
5. Imagine what these characters might say to one another. Are they friends? Rivals? Siblings? How do they feel about one another?
6. Write your scene using the script schema. What does each character say to the other?
7. Once you have your script finished, ask a family member or a friend to perform it with you!
8. Give yourself a round of applause for writing a short play!

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