Second Sunday is a virtual (interactive) family focused hands-on art making event for all ages. Art making activities are designed as a (30 minute or bite-size) at-home making experience and are available for viewing afterwards through the museums’ websites. Each Second Sunday explores a new exhibition or theme from the Cantor and the Anderson Collection.
December 2021 | Create your own "everyday surprise" art prints
A fun family art making activity inspired by the art of Jasper Johns. Join us and create your own everyday surprise prints.
November 2021 | Create your own skyscape: exploring, shape, color, and perspective
A fun family art making activity inspired by the art of Eamon Ore-Giron. Artist Eamon Ore-Giron makes paintings using simple geometric shapes and colors to create artwork that has deep meaning. Our activity explores the artist’s process by arranging shapes and colors in an abstract composition assisted by the rules of perspective.
October 2021 | See me: identity in art-making
Join us virtually for a hands-on art-making adventure! Explore the nature of Identity and create a unique personal artwork. We are inspired by the artist Ebony G. Patterson’s artwork, ...for those who came to bear witness..., which is on view as part of the special exhibition Paper Chase: Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor.
September 2021 | Luminous landscape sculpture
Create your own landscape sculpture inspired by Bay Area Artist Sam Richardson’s love of nature and the outdoors. A new exhibition Sam Richardson: Islands, Ice and Sand opened at the Anderson Collection September 23, 2021.
August 2021 | An animal family portrait
Join us for artmaking fun and turn your family into a work-of-art! Inspired by Joan Brown’s painting, A Family Portrait, we will help you create your own personal family portrait. Joan Brown became a famous Bay Area artist at a young age. Much of her artwork was inspired by memories from her childhood visits to the art museum.
July 2021| Fabulous food faces
Join us for artmaking fun inspired by artists who use food to create fantastic portraits. In this edition of Second Sunday we explore the work of artist Martine Gutierrez, as she creates socially conscious photographic self-portraits using food.
June 2021 | Inspired by nature
May 2021 | Weave your own story
Create a personal artwork and learn the basics of weaving.
April 2021 | Build your own viewfinder
Since ancient times, artists have created tools to help them interpret the world around them. You can also make and use artists' tools! Our activity is inspired by Jennifer Bartlett's artwork At the Lake, Morning, from the Anderson Collection.
March 2021 | Build your own migration station
Inspired by Do Ho Suh's artwork, featured in the Cantor exhibition When Home Won't Let You Stay, we will learn to build a birdhouse from everyday objects and express feelings about home and our connections to a place.
February 2021 | What forms you? Make clay and create your own sculpture
Be inspired by the work of Simone Leigh, whose work is included in Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics at the Anderson Collection. Leigh’s work explores Black female identity through clay, porcelain, and even video. Learn how to make clay and create your own sculpture inspired by your roots!
Dream Day: A look back at January Second Sunday at Home
The January Second Sunday at Home kicked off the 2021 programs at Cantor and Anderson Collection with an exciting new community partnership with EPACENTER, fostering the shared belief that art transforms lives and shapes communities.
Titled "Dream Day," January Second Sunday at Home celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his famous words "I have a dream." During the session, we discovered several powerful artworks in the museum that artists have made using words, and they encouraged us to think about social justice and about how sometimes difficult feelings and emotions can be expressed visually.
EPACENTER students received Art Care Kits prior to the workshop, created by the Cantor education staff.
"Dream Day was a success! We had 20 students participate. They were asked to write down what their dreams are for themselves, their family, and the world, and how they hope to help their community when they grow up. Then they drew their dreams... Thank you so much for the supplies!"
Nadine Rambeau Executive Director EPACENTER Learn more about Dream Day
Click here to learn more about the EPACENTER.
Dream Day Second Sunday | Make art with words: I Have A Dream...
December 2020 | Celebrating with color and pattern
In the December edition of Second Sunday we explored the art of Yinka Shonibare, featured artist in the upcoming exhibition When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art.
November 2020 | What makes a sculpture? Exploring 3-D mixed media art-making
In the November edition of Second Sunday we will feature artwork from the upcoming exhibitions When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, at the Cantor as well as Hostile Terrain 94 at the Anderson Collection. Gather your odds and ends and join the fun as we explore mixed media sculpture.
October 2020 | Inspired by Aliza Nisenbaum's paintings
In the October edition of Second Sunday At Home, watch Maggie Dethloff, Assistant Curator of Photography and New Media at the Cantor Arts Center and curatorial assistant Pearl as they walk us through a preview of the forthcoming exhibition, When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art. Aliza Nisenbaum's paintings are part of this exhibition.
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 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.
September 2020 | 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.
August 2020 | 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.
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.
July 2020 | 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.
June 2020 | Art in nature: inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy
May 2020 | Draw like an artist: inspired by the Diebenkorn sketchbooks
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.
April 2020 | 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.
15 minute gallery talk for all ages. Talks start at 11:30am and continue throughout the day on the half hour through 3pm.
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.
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.