arts and crafts

For many, art helps to soothe the soul. If you haven’t had the chance to dabble in art or learn a new skill, now is a great time! Plenty of resources are also available for children and teens.

Alfonso Dunn

Alfonso Dunn is an artist and art instructor dedicated to helping others deepen their understanding of the drawing process and helping you develop and refine your drawing, pen and ink, and watercolor painting skills and techniques.

Art for Kids Hub

Art for Kids Hub is a YouTube channel which offers fun and easy drawing lessons for kids. Learn how to draw your favorite cartoon characters and more.

The Art Sherpa

The Art Sherpal offers easy acrylic step-by-step painting tutorials geared towards teens and adults.  


The goal of Artsology is to engage kids with fun games as a way to introduce them to art history. 

Brit + Co

During these difficult times, all of us want to stay inspired, creative, and take care of ourselves. Brit + Co online art classes are now free through March 31st. Use the code SELFCARE at checkout. *

Creative Calligraphy Camp for Kids

Enroll in a free course to learn fun lettering and calligraphy styles using just Crayola markers and paper.*

Draw Every Day with JJK

Bestselling author of “Peanut Butter and Jellyfish,” Jarret J. Krosoczka is hosting an all-ages drawing masterclass on his website and his YouTube channel.*

Drawing 3D Art

This very cool site shows budding artists how to draw three dimensional, optical and anamorphic illusions.


Facedrawer shares fun easy DIY ideas, craft videos and step-by-step drawing lessons. Learn how to draw your favorite characters from movies or video games.

Free Drawing Classes from Famous Illustrators

Several famous illustrators have created virtual resources and free classes for kids, parents, and anyone else who needs a creative break in the midst of the pandemic.*

How to Draw Disney

Disney Parks hosts a channel on YouTube teaching children how to draw their favorite Disney characters.

Kim Dellow

Fuel your creativity with weekly videos sharing art tutorials, ideas, techniques, tips and hacks to inspire and help you make the most of your creative time. The YouTube channel includes a library of useful videos about painting, art journaling, mixed media, and card making.

Livestream Doodle hosted by Mo Willems

Mo Willems, author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.*


The MAKE studio in Kentucky is offering free live art lessons on their Facebook page each day at 2 p.m. ET. Projects are geared towards the entire family.*


Every Wednesday at 1 ET, join Michael’s for a fun family activity live on their Facebook page.*

Pop-Up Virtual Art Hive

This group has been created in the same spirit as physical art hives – an inclusive space where you can spend time with others while exploring any type of creative expression in an unstructured way, using materials that are accessible in our homes. Daily Zoom gatherings are available at 1 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET.*

Raising Wonder

With so many children at home, Raising Wonder is providing free daily printables and videos, including art lessons, coloring pages and screen-free activities.

The Virtual Instructor

To help art teachers and those who need a little positivity, The Virtual Instructor opened five recorded Live Lessons to everyone for free. This represents over 25 hours of art lessons that is usually just for members.*

The mission of the IDEALS Institute is to improve lives by ensuring that all people have access to transformative child and adult care, education, health, and social service systems and practices.

*denotes resources that are specific to the outbreak and may not be available when the crisis is over.