Virtual Arts Resources

The arts can help everyone stay connected and can create a sense of community and belonging, especially in these challenging times. The list below includes a variety of engaging, interactive online opportunities to develop your creative potential and explore the arts, including workshops, tutorials, how-to videos, demonstrations, and other hands-on activities. Get involved now, and when we can get back out into the community, you'll know where to go for more in-person engagement and growth! Minnesota-based and LGBTQ+-themed activities are marked with icons. Did we miss an opportunity you know about? Do you have a request? Contact us at hrights@advrights.org with your suggestions!

Opportunity

Platform

Host

Description

Lessons and Skill-Development

General / Rotating topics, live lessons and workshops

Dance Church Go!

Web Dance Church Go

 

Join streamed dance classes every Wednesday and Sunday. Dance Church may not be a religion, but it's certainly something to believe in. Join the next class on Wednesday, June 24th at 7PM.

 

Virtual Open Studios: Live!

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Join artists and educators for a live virtual open studio on select Fridays at 1pm. Each week, you can tune in to learn a new art-making technique, featuring materials you’re likely to have on hand around you! 

Art-A-Whirl

Web

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association

The Art-A-Whirl arts tour is going online starting May 15, and it will include video art demonstrations!

Virtual Family Day

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

On the second Sunday of every month, the museum is filled with hands-on art activities, live music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, family tours and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection. On July 12th, the theme is "Family Day for Action: Yes Justice Yes Peace!" centered around the Black Lives Matter movement.

Free First Saturday At Home

Web

Walker Art Center

All the fun you experience at Free First Saturday is now online! Here you can find performances, art-making activities, kids’ films, and interactive workshops—all designed especially for you and your family to do from home. Cozy up to your trusty device (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) and get ready to get arty with it! Activities include live zoom webinars and demonstrations, art-making activities, and sing-along concerts. June 6: Celebrating families and everything that makes them unique.

Drawing and Illustrating

Doodle Club

Web

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Free drawing club for ages 12+ led by Lisa Douglas, Wednesdays from 7:30-8:00 pm. Register online.

Chance Drawing

Web

Walker Art Center

Some artists use chance to create their works—and now you can too. Try both of these fun activities! For ages 4 and up. Downloadable PDF materials.

MCA Moment Intro to Perspective Drawing

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Join Saint Mary's University of Minnesota student and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) intern, Grace Gillis for a drawing lesson. During this video Grace introduces one point perspective drawing.

MCA Moment One Point Perspective Drawing Lesson 2

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Join Saint Mary's University of Minnesota student and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) intern, Grace Gillis for a drawing lesson. During this video Grace dives deeper into one point perspective drawing.

MCA Moment – Circle Doodles

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) instructor, Lisa Douglas for a doodling demonstration. During this video Lisa demonstrates and breaks down the process of using simple lines, shapes, and patterns to create beautiful designs.

Virtual Drop-In Drawing

 

Facebook

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A series of video sessions to develop your drawing skills.

Drop-by Drawing

Web

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

A how-to video series on sketching

Reclaiming the Gaze: Self-Portrait Workshop

YouTube

Sarabande Foundation

Artist Shannon Bono will deliver a self-portrait online class incorporating fun drawing techniques, colour and art therapy. Grab your favourite mirror and find some flattering lighting because in this 50min session Shannon will use traditional life drawing techniques to help us all reclaim the gaze and control our own narratives through self-portraiture. The session will touch upon artists who have inspired Shannon’s own practise to encourage participants to express their emotions, identities and interests through sketching. To take part all you’ll need is a pencil/ charcoal/ pens and any kind of paper - yesterday’s pizza box would do just fine.

Quarantine Art Club

Web, YouTube, Instagram

Carson Ellis

Award-winning illustrator Carson Ellis posts images, instructional YouTube videos, and daily art prompts, encouraging visitors to complete the projects along with her.

Painting

Hands-On Art History: All About Paintings

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Learn about some artworks in Mia’s collection, then get hands-on making your own paintings! Developed by Mia’s Learning Innovation staff and curator of  Paintings.

Scratch Painting

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Use toothpicks or skewers to create a layered work of art. Includes an instructional video.

Kinetic Painting

Web

Walker Art Center

Be inspired by artist Olafur Eliasson and create your own abstract painting using movement. For all ages. Downloadable PDF materials.

Mirror Party!

Web

Walker Art Center

Create your own Mirror Painting like artist Michelangelo Pistoletto and you can be inside the art! For all ages. Downloadable PDF materials.

Create: Color in Abstract Art

Web

Walker Art Center

Step-by-step instructions for creating your own marbled paper.

How To | Tate

YouTube

Tate Modern, London

Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, with many videos focusing on painting

Watercolor Resist Painting

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Follow along this how-to video to make your own watercolor painting.

Pottery and Ceramics

How To | Tate

YouTube

Tate Modern, London

Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, including “How to Make a Pot Like Grayson Perry” and “How to Cast Like Whiteread”

Northern Clay Center

YouTube

Northern Clay Center

The Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center has a YouTube channel including several instructional videos and workshops

Sculpture

Papier Mache Paste

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Learn how to make papier mache paste to design your own creations. Two instructional videos: one to make the paste, one to create sculptures using papier mache.

Simple Hand Puppet

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Learn how to make a simple hand puppet using the papier mache techniques from the previous activity. Includes an instructional video.

Printmaking and Book Arts

How To | Tate

YouTube

Tate Modern, London

Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, including “How to Print Like Warhol”

Book-binding At Home

YouTube

Sarabande Foundation

Make your own artist journal at home! Save money on costly sketchbooks with a book-binding class from Paloma Tendero, using materials you have around the house. Paloma will teach two techniques; Single Section binding which uses only one row of stitching to group the pages - either saddle stitch or hitch stitch and Japanese binding for use binding single sheets of paper, where the thread creates a beautiful pattern. Each book takes around 15 mins to make, and you can do so with just one needle and thread, as well as paper found around the home.

Photography and Videography

Nikon School Online

Web

Nikon

After quickly registering, anyone can access Nikon instructional videos to develop and practice their photography and video skills.

Seeing Through Photographs

Web

Museum of Modern Art

This 16-hour course offered through Coursera focuses primarily on photography appreciation but may also improve your photography skills. Subtitles: French, Serbian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Russian, English, Spanish

Digital/Graphic Design and Comic Art

Comic of Our Fears

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Use this activity developed by artist Anavi Mullick to help you process your feelings and fears.

Drawing on Adobe Illustrator

YouTube

Sarabande Foundation

Resident artist Berke Yazicioglu will be showing you how to create a vector drawing on Adobe Illustrator. A class that’s suitable for adobe first-timers or those with some experience, Berke will cover various features including smart guides, layering, and stroke profiles; teaching you how to use them to obtain articulate shapes and perfect curves.

Learn about Comic Creation . . . For Free!

Web

Creative Comic Art

This website provides many tutorials and lessons for people who want to learn to draw and public comics.

Coloring

Queer Colouring Book Pages

Web

New Haven Pride Center

The New Haven Pride Center, as part of its special covid-19 programming, has collected a folder of queer coloring book pages

Art Adventure Coloring Pages

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Coloring pages inspired by the artworks in Mia’s collection

Frank Big Bear Coloring Book

Web

Walker Art Center

This limited-edition coloring book was made just for you by Frank Big Bear from his original pencil drawings. Teens from the Little Earth Arts Collective wrote the text inspired by the images.

Video and Filmmaking

Script to Screen

YouTube

Sarabande Foundation

Everything you need to know before you get rolling. You’ve got your idea, but how do you get it onto the screen? It doesn’t matter if you’re embarking on your first feature or short or if you’re a filmmaking veteran, the importance of production development should never be underestimated. How do you budget? Where do you go to to finance your film? What team and equipment do you need? Listen to industry experts, Olivier Kaempfer, BAFTA-nominated producer and Founder of Parkville Pictures, Amy Jackson, Producer and Former Head of Production at See Saw films, and Fiona Lamptey, Producer & Founder of Fruit Tree Media.

Get Your Film Seen

YouTube

Sarabande Foundation

NOWNESS and Dazed's Bunney Kinney teams up with music video director/ filmmaker Saam Farahmand and 'The Film Festival Doctor', Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith for this film screening and talk. Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith of 'The Film Festival Doctor' gives us the know-how to get your film seen, discovered and distributed --through digital platforms and film festivals, by asking and questioning the filmmakers themselves. If you're a filmmaker and want to GET YOUR FILM SEEN, tune in now!

Fashion and Costume

Fashion as Design

Web

Museum of Modern Art

This 19-hour online course will help you understand and appreciate fashion design through many perspectives.

Weaving

How To | Tate

YouTube

Tate Modern, London

Tate’s “How To” series shows how great artists made their masterpieces, including “How to Weave Like Anni Albers”

Dance

Slay! With Brian Bose

Zoom

Guthrie Theater

Feel sexy, fierce and powerful while learning fun choreography, grooving to music and dancing your way to empowerment. This class creates an open environment to get your cardio up, move your body and challenge yourself. Strip away fears and perfectionism while learning how to get out of your own way so you have no choice but to slay. No prerequisite or dance experience necessary. Sessions are $10 per class or $75 for all 8 classes.

Connect across Time and Space through Dance!

YouTube

Walker Art Center

Connect with friends and family through movement. Learn several short dance sequences by artists in the Walker’s collection, then create your own dance! Also available in Spanish.

Ballet Classes

Web, YouTube

Ballez

“Ballez is just what it sounds like... it’s lesbians doing ballet.” Ballez offers free live lessons and instructional videos on YouTube.

MCA Dancers Stay Strong during COVID-19

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

A series of instructional and strength-building exercises for new or experienced dancers, including tap, Irish dancing, and more!

Get in Shape Grrl (Broadway COVID series)

Facebook

Get in Shape Grrl

Bust your best moves during free workout sessions led by top dancers from Broadway and American Ballet Theatre. Join the Facebook Group to get started.

Instagram Live Dance Parties

 

Instagram Mark Kanemura

Follow former Lady Gaga tour dancer Mark Kanemura (@mkik808) for Pride filled Instagram Live Dance Parties every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 PM PT/5 PM ET! 

Theater / Acting

MCA Moment – Acting warm up (the Articulator Dance)

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Managing Director and her son Seamus for a fun acting warm-up. Rehearsing the Articulator Dance will help you warm-up your articulators (lips, tongue, and teeth), which help you speak clearly both on and off stage.

MCA Moment Tongue Twister Challenge #1

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Managing Director and her son Seamus for a fun Tongue Twister Challenge.

Theatre in the Round Podcasts

Podcast

Theatre in the Round

Theatre in the Round has produced a variety of podcasts relating to theater production, including stage managing, scenic design, props, lighting, and auditioning.

One Hour Improv

Zoom

Huge Improv

The first Friday of every month. Next class: Friday, July 3, 6-7 pm. This one-time Friday evening course is a quick-hit to give you some bare-bones basics to shake off your fears and bring joy to your life. Designed for absolute beginners – no experience necessary! With master teacher Jill Bernard! – Open to students worldwide! Register online. There is a $20 fee but people who are struggling financial can just type “HELP” in the payment code box to receive $20 off.

Black + Funny & Twin Cities Improv Festival Workshops

Zoom Black + Funny Improv Festival & Twin Cities Improv Festival
To mark the Black & Funny Improv Festival and the Twin Cities Improv Festival, we have assembled a roster of online improv workshops with some of our favorite improv teachers from around the country and right here at home. All classes have flex-pricing.
 

Broadway Weekends at Home

 

Facebook and Zoom

 

Broadway Weekends

 

This private facebook group offers pay-what-you-can classes in musical theater taught by Broadway and West End Performers. Join the group and then sign up for classes, which are taught on Zoom.

Drag / Ballroom

Slay! With Brian Bose

Zoom

Guthrie Theater

Feel sexy, fierce and powerful while learning fun choreography, grooving to music and dancing your way to empowerment. This class creates an open environment to get your cardio up, move your body and challenge yourself. Strip away fears and perfectionism while learning how to get out of your own way so you have no choice but to slay. No prerequisite or dance experience necessary. Sessions are $10 per class or $75 for all 8 classes.

Virtual Drag Shows

Zoom, Twitch, Facebook

FlipPhone

FlipPhone is based in the Twin Cities and has shifted its popular drag brunches and Drag Story Hours to an online format. Visit facebook for details. Watch and learn, dance along!

DragCast

Podcast

Nina West

Nina West (AKA Andrew Levitt) takes on all things drag and LGBT in this podcast

Singing

Take 5 with GPS

YouTube, Facebook

VocalEssence

Every day from 9:00-9:05 am, VocalEssence Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III leads a live 5-minute exercise to help warm you up, including wellness components, poems, and song. Find previous sessions on the VocalEssence YouTube Channel

VocalEssence Singers of This Age Singing Songs of Hope

Facebook, Instagram

VocalEssence

VocalEssence’s youth choir, VocalEssence Singers of This Age, is creating Sounds of Hope, a singing challenge for all ages. The choir chooses songs that give them hope and posts videos of them that begin with short inspirational messages.

One Voice Mixed Chorus

YouTube

One Voice Mixed Chorus

Minnesota’s LGBTA mixed chorus has a YouTube page with several singing workshops.

Beer Choir Twin Cities

Facebook

Beer Choir Twin Cities

Every Thursday at 5pm CT and Sunday at 8pm CT we gather on Facebook Live for 30-45 minutes to bring the Beer Choir experience to you at home during this time of social distancing.

Broadway Weekends at Home

Facebook and Zoom

Broadway Weekends

This private facebook group offers pay-what-you-can classes in musical theater taught by Broadway and West End Performers. Join the group and then sign up for classes, which are taught on Zoom.

Music Education

MCA Moment – Tips for Church Musicians

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Many music instructors and musicians put their talent to work in a place of worship. In this video Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) vocal instructor, Dawn Burmeister shares a few tips on how musicians can continue to share music virtually with congregations while social distancing is in place.

MCA Moment – Funga Alafia Drumming

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

During this MCA Moment, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Percussion and Piano Instructor, Kayla Jannsen encourages views to explore the world of drumming with materials they have right at home and to sing/ play along to a traditional African song, Funga Alafia.

Comping And Stumming Single Note Line Technique 

Web The Grammy Museum Tower of Power Guitarist Jerry Cortez teaches how to achieve the comping and stumming technique!
The Historical Roots of Hip-Hop Web The Grammy Museum & Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

The Grammy Museum goes back to 1970s New York and explores the environment and influences that led to the creation of Hip-Hop.

 

The Evolution of Sampling Web The Grammy Museum & Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Learn about the history of sampling in music through examining the work of the Wu-Tang Clan and get a chance to create your own samples! 

Creative Writing

Queering the Path

Instagram

 

This Instagram account has been posting creative journaling prompts for the month of April and inviting followers to write on their own and/or submit snippets of their writing for an upcoming newsletter. They also post periodical invites to photo contests and other virtual activities.

Grammy Museum & Rock And Roll Forever Foundation Present: Celebrating Community With Poetry Web  Grammy Museum

Using the words of Chicago natives such as poet Kevil Coval, Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods, Nico Segal, and musical group, The Social Experiment, The Grammy Museum offers an in-depth look at community through poetry.  

 

Contests and Calls for Submissions

Global Open Call for Art

Web

Amplifier

Open call ends May 8, but people may vote on submissions thereafter: We are currently looking for symbols that help promote mental health, well-being, and social change work during these stressful times.  We are also looking for work that can envision the world we know is possible on the other side of this pandemic. What will we take with us and what will we leave behind?  Show us your vision for that new world!

Kids’ Art Activities

Toddler Time Activities

Web

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Three activities for young kids designed to bring some fun and creativity to your day.

Beyond the Stage

Web

Stages Theatre Company

Free virtual theater activities for ages 18 months to 18 years.

MCA Moments – ways to keep busy and creative during COVID-19!

YouTube

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

MCA Moments will fill your creative toolbox full of arts tips, tricks, and boredom busters for the whole family.

Artful Writing

Web

Weisman Art Museum

Activities for Grades 4-12 designed to foster creative writing inspired by art

Children’s Theater Company Weekly Series

Web, Facebook, YouTube

Children’s Theater Company

CTC posts videos online for Mindfulness Mondays (stress-reducing exercises developed through the Creative Play program) and Write On! Wednesdays (parents send in their children’s original plays and stories and members of the CTC’s acting company perform them and release them on Facebook one week later)

Off Book

Web

Children’s Theater Company

Off Book includes several “Create & Do” activities that springboard from recent CTC productions. Activities include music creation, puppets, and more!

NGV Kids At Home

Web

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Activity sheets (suitable for ages 8 and up), meet the artist e-books (ideal for primary-aged children, and younger children with assistance of an adult), and art games for the whole family

Digital Creatives

Web

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Combining coding activities and the arts

Great Art Ideas for Teachers

Web

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

A variety of creative art lessons that can be adapted for home use, suitable for primary school ages

Art-Making Activities

Web

Art Institute of Chicago

Activities great for ages 7 and up, but can be enjoyed by learners of all ages

Creative Writing Prompts

Web

Art Institute of Chicago

Activities great for ages 7 and up, but can be enjoyed by learners of all ages

Coloring Book Pages

Web

Art Institute of Chicago

 

Virtual museum tours

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Web

 

Explore Mia’s art collection from the comforts of your home. You’ll find fascinating art stories and podcasts, 360-degree images and zoom views of the collection, and more to spark and nurture your creativity. Mia also has online activities for virtual visits.

Weisman Art Museum

Web

 

Public Art 25 is a virtual tour of WAM’s public art collection located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

Better World Museum

Rec Room App (available on IOS/PC/Playstation/Steam/Oculus), Facebook   Minnesota based Better World Musuem is live through virtual reality! The museum is accessible through the Rec Room App available on multiple platforms. The museum also hosts VR livestreaming events and post VR art videos on their Facebook page

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Web

 

Current exhibits include several fashion and costume exhibits

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Web

 

Sculpture, paintings, and drawings

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Web

 

Contemporary art, including paper, sculpture, metal, and glass, and exhibits on South and Southeast Asian art and art from Latin America, among others

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Web

 

20th Century and contemporary American art, focusing on living American artists

The Frick Collection, New York

Web

 

Renaissance to late 19th century paintings, but also furniture, enamels, and porcelains

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, New York

Web

 

A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on the art and architecture of medieval Europe

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Web

 

A collection of specimens and artifacts documenting the natural history of the United States

The British Museum, London

Web

 

 

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Web

 

Classical Dutch art, Asian artefacts, 17th-century silver and porcelain

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Web

 

Impressionist and post-impressionist works

The Broad, Los Angeles

Web

 

Contemporary art from the 1950s to the present

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Web

 

Renaissance art from Italy

Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb and Los Angeles

Web

 

You can contribute your own item to the museum’s collection as well as browse current holdings

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil

Web

 

Art from around the world

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Web

 

 

Picasso Museum, Barcelona

Web

 

 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Web

 

 

Art Institute of Chicago

Web

 

 

Tate Modern, London

YouTube

 

 

Banaki Museum, Athens

Web

 

Virtual tours of the Museum of Greek Culture, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Ghika Gallery, the Toy Museum, and others

National Palace Museum, Taipei

Web

 

Chinese arts and crafts from the Neolithic to the modern era

Online Performances

Opera: Free Student Streams

Web

Metropolitan Opera

Every Wednesday the Metropolitan Opera releases an opera for people around the world to stream for free and also provides accompanying videos throughout that week that include artist statements, tips for engagement, and thematic commentary

Free apps to create art

Tromaramix

 

 

Learn how to use stop-motion animation make things move, multiply, and disappear using this iPad App