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Second Sunday

Second Sunday is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages at the Cantor and the Anderson Collection. Registration is not required, and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them the most. Each Second Sunday will explore a new exhibition or theme.

Second Sunday At Home

In light of California's shelter-in-place order, Second Sunday will be going virtual! Museum educators will be doing a live presentation via Zoom every Second Sunday while we shelter in place.
To protect privacy, participant cameras will be turned off.

Second Sunday at Home: Inspired by Aliza Nisenbaum's paintings

During shelter-in-place, we offer a Zoom session with hands-on art activities at 11:00AM PDT.

In October’s edition, we are inspired by Aliza Nisenbaum's paintings in the forthcoming exhibition, When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art. These portrait paintings feature families in a setting with Mexican talavera tiles and are the inspiration for the art-making activity: creating your own talavera tile (family) pattern.

This process focused activity will explore how artists use pattern, shape, and color to express ideas and emotions. The Second Sunday crew will also introduce some of the themes from the exhibition such as cultural diversity and what defines home. As usual, we will elucidate connections that can be made by visitors of all ages with art in the museums.

The activity also builds on the holiday of Dia De los Muertos and provides inspiration for families celebrating at home this year. Second Sunday is for everyone. Everyone is welcome.

Las Talaveritas painting by Aliza Nisenbaum, part of the upcoming exhibition When Home Won't Let You Stay

Click here to download the activity guide and register to the session by clicking the button below.

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Second Sunday at Home: Inspired by artist Martin Puryear's work in the Anderson Collection

In September’s edition, we are inspired by the work of artist Martin Puryear. He emphasizes craft and abstraction in his larger-than-life sculptures, using organic forms and natural materials to rework symbols of freedom and shelter that encourage us to discover Black history’s hidden stories.

Martin Puryear (U.S.A., b. 1941), Dumb Luck, 1990, wire mesh, tar, and wood. Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Gift of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence.

Download the activity guide and click the link below to watch the recorded session.


Exploring Identity Through Art: Inspired by Titus Kaphar’s Page 4 of Jefferson's "Farm Book,"... 

As human beings, we are hard-wired to recognize other human faces and the emotions they express.What happens when you take away a person's identity? By removing the face, the baby, and obscuring the hands, Kaphar reveals how popular culture and history have removed the identities of black people.

In this virtual session, museum educators from our Second Sunday Crew guide you in creating a photomontage (similar to a collage) inspired by artist Titus Kaphar.

Click here to download the activity guide. Check back soon for a video of August's session.

About Titus Kaphar's Page 4 of Jefferson's "Farm Book,"...
This painting belongs to a series of tar portraits in which the artist imagines enslaved sitters as freed men and women, a conceptual tactic he calls “visual reparation.” By presenting this sitter in historical dress above her lived status, Kaphar posthumously frees her from forever being represented as a slave. In this work, the artist harnesses the medium of portraiture in an effort to amend American history.

Additional Activity: Notan Square

The Notan Square demonstrates the interaction between negative and positive space in art. In this project you will use your creativity to design art that uses both negative and positive space to make a harmonious composition.

Click here to download the Notan Square activity guide.

Titus Kaphar, U.S.A., b. 1976. Page 4 of Jefferson’s “Farm Book,”... 2018.

Click here to learn more about this artwork.

A link to the recorded event is below. A video of the activity will be available at a later time.

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Exploring Art through Sound and Motion: Inspired by Nick Cave's Soundsuits

Watch the recorded session to learn how to make and activate wearable sculptures inspired by artist Nick Cave.

About Nick Cave's Soundsuits
Cave’s first Soundsuit (1992) was built in reaction to the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers and the riots that followed the officers’ acquittal in 1992. Though it was not built as a wearable object, Cave donned his creation. Within it he found sanctuary, a new identity, and was surprised and inspired by the sound the twigs made when he moved. And so he named this sculpture, and those like it that followed, Soundsuits.

Art in Nature: Inspired by Artist Andy Goldsworthy

Explore ideas by an artist who uses only art materials found in nature. Create a  nature-based artwork that changes with its environment. Click here to download the activity guide.
Andy Goldswrothy's Stone River at the Cantor Arts Center

No art materials are required. You will be gathering materials found outside your home.

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Draw like an artist: inspired by the Diebenkorn Sketchbooks

May Second Sunday fell on Mother's day! Celebrate and create a line drawing portrait. It can be of your own mom or any mom you would like to honor. Get the information sheet for this activity by clicking here.

You will need: a photograph of a mom (or another person) focused on the face, pencil, paper, and black marker. Also, if you have a home printer/copier, make a black and white copy of the photograph to draw on.

Draw Like An Artist

Let’s make some art together today! Inspired by Richard Diebenkorn's sketchbooks, we will create a portrait of someone we would like to honor.

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Create a Collection

In this edition of Second Sunday At Home we create a collection collage. All collages begin with collecting. People have collections of all kinds of things but for this example we will collect pieces of paper to arrange and rearrange. Artists use collage techniques in many ways. Sometimes a collage becomes a finished artwork that hangs in a museum and sometimes it is a quick and easy way to record visual ideas.

Download the list of materials by clicking here, and click below to watch the video from our April session for a step-by-step description of this activity.

Create a Collection

Watch the video for the step-by-step process of creating a collection collage. When completed, you can share your collage with us tagging @cantorarts and using #SecondSunday.

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Sunday Spotlight

15 minute gallery talk for all ages. Talks start at 11:30am and continue throughout the day on the half hour through 3pm.

Drop-in Studio

Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in a hands-on art making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to participate. From 11 am to 4 pm, registration is not required and visitors can work at their own pace.

Art Packs

Check out an Art Pack that includes themed activities for visitors of all ages and materials for sketching while visiting the galleries.

Art-making Activity Table

Inspired by artists and art on view in the galleries, the activity table offers visitors of all ages an opportunity to take a break to make between gallery visits.

In-Gallery Activity Sheets

Available in the Oshman Family Gallery, these one-sheet adventures will jumpstart your visit to the museum.


Special storytime designed for the entire family.