Home Studio: Earth Day

April 22, 2021


We’ve got a new Home Studio project designed to celebrate Earth Day! Since 1990, people around the world have mobilized to raise environmental consciousness and protect our home for future generations to enjoy. 

Material Suggestions

  • Paper (the thicker the better)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Black marker/sharpie
  • Watercolor paints
  • Water cup
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper towel
  • Bowl or other round object to trace


1. Using a pencil and bowl, or another round object, to trace a large circle on your paper.

2. Working from the bottom on the circle up, continue with your pencil to draw in ocean waves and some fish at the bottom of your circle.

3. Next draw a line for the beach and other land features like trees, hills, and meadows above your waves.

4. Add mountains above your land features that reach almost to the top of your circle—leave room for the sky!

5. Use your black marker to trace over all of your pencil lines. Don’t forget the circle itself and all the details you’ve added.

6. Now using crayons or oil pastels add some color to your picture. Don’t color everything—leave space for your watercolors.

7. Once you have finished coloring in the parts of your picture with oil pastels, finish with the watercolors. Dip your brush into your water cup and then wet the watercolor you want to use. Because crayons have wax and oil pastels have oil, they repel the watercolor and the colors pop through!

8. Use a paper towel to dab any puddles of watercolor that pool. Let your artwork dry and enjoy!


We love seeing your creations! If you would like us to share your work on the Museum’s website and social media outlets, please email images of your finished works of art to education@mmfa.org.

Make sure to include the following information in the email: the name and age of the artist, the title for your word art, the title of the original artwork from the MMFA’s collection that inspired your creation.

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