Artful Adventures programs are currently unavailable. We are working to welcome groups back to the MFA in fall 2022.

Artful Adventures offers specially designed online programs for groups of up to 30 kids and teens. Taught by trained Museum educators, these customizable, interactive, and age-appropriate programs last 1.5 hours and include close looking at objects from the collection paired with a guided art-making activity.

Program Options

Ancient World: Mystery and Magic

The ancient world is full of mystery and magic! Take a closer look at artworks from the Museum’s collection and discover some of the symbolism and meaning behind objects believed to have helpful qualities such as special powers or protection. Then create your own embossed metal amulet to wear on a necklace or bracelet, adding beads and other decorative elements to make it unique.

Animals in Art

Take a look at animals found in paintings and sculptures in the Museum’s collection. Learn some of the hidden meanings and symbols behind each while discovering how artists have used a variety of art mediums, textures, and colors to create each one. Then create a real or imaginary animal of your own using a wire form, Crayola Model Magic, and mixed media.


Big and small, abstract and realistic—the MFA is filled with many different types of paintings from around the world and across time! Take a closer look at examples from the Museum’s collection, focusing on one of three categories during your online program: portraits, abstract paintings, or landscapes. Then create your own painting on canvas using some of the same tools and techniques.


Learn about portrait and self-portrait paintings while thinking about what facial expressions, clothing, and background can communicate about a person’s life and personality.

Abstract Art

Consider questions like: What is abstract art? Does it remind you of anything you’ve seen before? Then make your own abstract painting using a variety of paint colors, brushes, and texture materials in different sizes and shapes.


Artists have been painting landscapes with brightly colored skies and sweeping, scenic views for centuries. Explore some of the different techniques used to capture the beauty of the natural world.


Support provided by: Michael D. Dingman Fund; Pamela D. Adams Fund for Artful Adventures; Richard W. and Marjorie S. Dammann Fund; Mrs. Charles H. Taylor Fund; William O. and Sally Taylor Fund; Rieka, Samuel and Renée Rapaporte Fund for Educational Outreach for Youth and Families; Kennedy P. and Susan M. Richardson Endowment Fund for Learning and Community Engagement; Bramhall Fund; the Estate of Charlotte Brayton and the National Hellenic Society.