Fall Family Art Packs at SJIMA

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

There’s no denying it: that chill in the air signals fall isn’t far behind. To celebrate the seasonal shift to crisp air and color-rich vistas, your local art museum has assembled another craft-filled calendar for the entire family.

Create original and colorful three-dimensional creations using our take-home art packs, complete with detailed photos and instructions. You only need to provide creative energy!

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays stop by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor and pick up your family-friendly take-home pack of fun-filled 3-D fall projects. Make a reservation at www.sjima-online.org to ensure we have yours ready and waiting for you.

SJIMA’s Fall Family Art project is sponsored by: Suzy Wakefield, San Juan Island Community Foundation, Leonie Griswold, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Washington State Arts Commission.


Sept. 24 – Head Sculpture

Make a paper bag creation with add-ons of pipe cleaners and colorful tape. Inspired by Picasso and the game Mr. Potato Head, try your hand at transforming a brown bag into a striking portrait.


Oct. 1 – Tabs and Notches

Create a house and theater set with adjustable features using poster board and re-stickable tape. This project provides an opportunity to create your own architecture and landscape on a small scale.

Oct. 8 – Out of this World

Combine 3-D geometric shapes to create a spaceport or futuristic site. The materials are card stock, board and silver acrylic paint.

Oct. 15 – Moveable Figures

With aluminum foil and pipe cleaners, create a bobblehead-like sculpture with bendable limbs capable of striking various poses.

Oct. 22 – The Snail

Make a soft sculpture with a shell of rolled fabric and a body of felt.

Oct. 29 – Wave and Tornado

Using air-dry clay, fashion the funnel shape of a twister and the rolling wave pattern of the sea in your 3-D representation of the forces of nature.


Nov. 5 – Perspective Box

Using the humble shoe box with a peephole, discover how 3-D is affected by distance. Painted to give the illusion of perspective, this project provides an opportunity for a realistic vision, almost like a still from a movie.

Nov. 12 – Alebrijes

Watch fantastical and colorful creatures come to life in your hands using an exciting but simple variation of paper mache sculpture inspired by the native cultures using newspapers, masking tape, and paint.

Nov. 19 – Modules in 2-D and 3-D

Create a design that combines similar, repeated shapes, such as circles and tubes, using poster board, card stock, and paint to give it all a special effect.

Nov. 26 – Awesome Gears

A cardboard sculpture with movable, interacting parts? Oh yes!


Dec. 3 – Popsicle Stick Construction

There’s no end to what’s possible with popsicle sticks. Try it!