METALWORKING AT HOME

Here are metalworking activities and art challenges that you can do at home! A list of materials is provided with each short lesson-style activity.

ACTIVITY SHEETS

Print off these art-focused activities and worksheets to explore the world of metal from your own home!

ART CHALLENGES

These challenges are meant to inspire creativity and thoughtful art making. How many can you complete?​

FORGED IN FOIL

Blacksmiths use hammers and anvils to create forged sculptures and tools. What can you make at home using only aluminum foil?

 

Rules:

  • Creations must be made of only aluminum foil, using it for all forms and connections. No glue, tape, or other adhesives are permitted.

  • Share your creations online and tag us @metalmuseum or use the hashtag #ForgedInFoil!

CUT, GLUE, FAB

In this activity, pretend you are welding with your hot glue gun. Create smooth seams and connections.

Cardboard can be a very versatile material. Try scoring it, bending it, tearing it, and exposing the corrugation to add texture. Be creative!

Rules:

  • Creations must be made of only cardboard and glue.

    Share your creations online and tag us @metalmuseum or use the hashtag #CutGlueFab!

JEWELRY FROM JUNK

Metalsmiths such as Harriete Estel Berman and Robert Ebendorf use recycled materials to create wearable pieces of artwork. We were inspired by these artists to create a brooch out of things laying around the house. What can you make using found objects?

Rules:

  • Creations can be made of anything, but your creation must be wearable. You can bend paperclips for jewelry clasps, or use a safety pin for the back of a brooch.

  • Share your creations online and tag us @metalmuseum or use the hashtag #JewelryFromJunk!

DRAWING CHALLENGE

 

Art always begins with an idea. From an idea, artists create drawings and sketches which act as a blueprint for a finished piece. This is true even (and perhaps especially) with sculpture. Drawing helps an artist understand and develop their ideas for what a piece is, how it will be constructed, and the steps they need to take to create the finished product.

During #MuseumWeek, we challenge you to practice your drawing skills! Imagine a finished sculpture and draw your response on this template, which can be downloaded here. How big would it be? What materials would it be made out of? You can use markers, colored pencils, or pens to create your drawing. Once you're finished, post it on social media and tag us! Visit our Facebook or Instagram page to get inspired by work that our Metals Studio has created.

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