Family Arts Nights

Family Arts Nights provides families with a wonderful opportunity to interact through creative and engaging activities and performances. Enjoy a 30-minute performance by one of our professional artists, then participate in a 50-minute hands-on activity guided by one of our professional visual artists. 

Select from these curated programs based on an artist, culture or theme, or let us design a custom family arts night on almost any topic.


Discover Great Artists 

Alexander Calder - Fish mobile 
Learn about American artist Alexander Calder and how he used science in art. 

Frida Kahlo -Self-Portrait with a Thorn Necklace and a Hummingbird

Draw portraits inspired by Frida Kahlo's work.

Paul Klee -The Head of a Man 
Swiss painter Paul Klee was a master of color and line, creating art that responded to emotion rather than realism. 

Henri Matisse -Drawing with Scissors 
Using cut and torn shapes of colorful paper, create a 2-dimensional design expressing your response to jazz music performed by The Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet. 

Jackson Pollack -Lavender Mist 
Interpret Pollack's technique to create abstract art.

Vincent Van Gogh - Still Life With a Vase 
Using the Vincent Van Gogh painting "Sunflowers" as inspiration, students learn to draw a still life picture. 

Explore Cultures 

Brazilian Carnaval 
Performance: Sol e Mar (traditional Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music) Hands on art project: mask making, San Diego Guild of Puppetry 

Ghana, Africa 
Performance: Bolga Zohdoomah (Ghanaian Highlife music) 
Hands on art project: Create a Zimbabwe shield or an African Ndebele house 

Performance: Divya Devaguptapu (Bharatanatyam Classical Indian Dance) Hands on art project: Indian Rangoli design or Kathputli puppets 

Performance: Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista 
Hands on art project: Calaveras masks, Mexican mirrors or Butterfly Rod puppets 

Native America 
Performance: Abel Silvas as Running Grunion 
Hands on art project: doll-making or clay pinch pots 

The Philippines 
Performance: Samahan Philippine American Performing Arts Hands on art project: Batik painting 

United States 
Performance: Grassology (bluegrass music) 
Hands on art project: Design a quilt block pattern using construction paper and glue 

Study a Theme 

Black History Month 
Performance: Storyteller Alyce Smith Cooper Hands on activity: Underground Railroad Lantern 

Earth Day 
Hands on art activity: Green Art Labs recycled art/ Earth Day workshop using a variety of clean usable materials 

Performance: Peter and the Wolf 
Hands on art activity: Dance and movement; music and theater exercises

Recycled Arts 
Performance: Storyteller Marilyn McPhie "One Man's Trash is Another Man's Story" 
Hands on art activity: Green Art Labs 

Wonder and Imagination 
Performance: Jerry Hager as Professor Wonder 
Hands on activity: Wonder Trees, Family Story Tiles, or Bookbinding 

To learn more about Family Arts Nights or to schedule an event at your school or facility, contact Sherrie Brown, Performance and Family Programs Manager, at or 619.282.7599 x114 

Customized Family Arts Night


Do you have an idea for a Family Arts Night that fits your specific needs? 

Let us know.  Call 619.282.7599 x114


Let’s discuss your topic, the number of people you are expecting to attend, location and budget.  Or combine a Family Arts Night with a Back to School Night, PTA event, a school fundraiser or as a great opportunity to promote family involvement at your school.  The options are endless!

Arts for Learning San Diego 

1286 University Avenue, #267  |  San Diego, CA 92103
Tel: 619.282.7599

Arts for Learning San Diego is a nonprofit organization classified under the IRS code 501(c)(3) 

Federal Tax ID: 95-2464304