All the fun you experience at Free First Saturday is now online! Here you can find performances, art-making activities, kids’ films, and interactive workshops—all designed especially for you and your family to do from home. Cozy up to your trusty device (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) and get ready to get arty with it!
How To Participate
Watch a short welcome message from Sarah Lampen, the Walker Art Center’s Family Programs Associate.
Materials You’ll Need
Paper (plain and graph paper)
Markers or colored pencils
A mirror or piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil
Food coloring or liquid watercolor
Foaming shaving cream or vegetable oil (for paper marbling)
Squirt bottles or straw (for paper marbling)
One six-sided die
A large flattened cardboard box or piece of paper (optional)
Setting Up Your Space
Find a place where you have a flat surface to work on and plenty of room to move around. Cover the surface with a tablecloth or paper to keep it clean.
Set up your computer, tablet, or phone so you can comfortably navigate the Free First Saturday at Home webpage and watch the videos. Be sure to set up your computer far away from any liquids!
Gather all your materials and set them out on your work surface.
Live Zoom Webinar Information
Join us in Zoom Webinars for our two special live events today! You can watch a demonstration of the Paper Marbling art-making activity at 11 am (CDT) and catch a concert with Kashimana at 1 pm (CDT).
You don’t need to download Zoom or create an account to watch. When you click on the links below, a new browser window will open. We recommend using Google Chrome. Zoom may prompt you to download the app, but you can click “join from your browser.” If you arrive early, it will say “waiting for webinar to start.”
Once the webinar begins, the presenters and other viewers won’t be able to see or hear you. If you have question, we ask that you use the Q+A function. Simply click on the Q+A button on the bottom of the screen and a window will appear where you can type out your question.
Need More Assistance?
Questions throughout the day? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org between 10 am and 3 pm and a Walker staff member will get back to you right away!
Live Zoom Webinars on Saturday, May 2!
Paper Marbling Demonstration: Live at 11 am (CDT)
Follow along with a Walker educator and create your own marbled paper. For all ages, younger kids may need some help from an adult; only available in English.
To join, click on the link below or use Zoom Meeting ID: 839-7899-1873. Ask a question using the Q+A function.
Concert with Kashimana: Live at 1 pm (CDT)
Enjoy a live performance by the local singer-songwriter and get ready to sing along. All you need is your voice! For all ages, only available in English.
To join, click on the link below or use Zoom Meeting ID: 882-9257-1004. Ask a question using the Q+A function.
Try It at Home: Art-Making Activity PDFs
Some artists use chance to create their works—and now you can too. Try both of these fun activities! For ages 4 and up.
Learn, Move, Draw: Art Tour for Families
Pre-recorded videos for ages 4 and up; available in English And Spanish.
Art Tour (English)
This interactive presentation of three pieces of art explores how artists communicate through their work. All you need is a camera, pencil, paper, and your imagination. Approximately 15–20 minutes.
Tour de arte (Español)
Participe de un recorrido virtual interactivo de tres obras para explorar cómo los artistas se comunican a través de su arte. Todo lo que necesitas es una cámara, lápiz, papel y tu imaginación. Duración 15–20 minutos.
Movement Workshops: Learn about Dance and Choreography
Pre-recorded videos for all ages; available in English And Spanish.
Connect across Time and Space through Dance (English)
Connect with friends and family through movement. Learn several short dance sequences by artists in the Walker’s collection, then create your own dance!
Conéctese a través del tiempo y el espacio por medio de la danza (Español)
Conéctese con sus amigos y familia a través del movimiento. Aprenda varias secuencias de danza por artistas en la colección del Walker, luego interprete su propia danza.
Watch: Short Films for Kids and Families
For all ages; available May 1–8.
Director/animator Jordan Bruner, 2019, 3 min., created with TED Education.
For Estefani, Third Grade, Who Made Me a Card
A third-grade student makes a cryptic card for her teacher in art class. Illustrator and animator Jordan Bruner brings to life Aracelis Girmay’s poem responding to her student’s beautiful and urgent message.
What did you notice while watching the film? How did the poet describe the sun? How did she describe flowers? What animals did Estefani draw in her card?
Try It at Home:
Draw a picture of a tree you can see outside, then describe it to a family member or friend. Then, make another drawing with a special message for a teacher, friend, neighbor, or family member.
Directors Faith and John Hubley, 1973, 9 min., courtesy of the Hubley Studio, Inc.
The directors’ two young daughters talk and play together while their mother works in the next room. This groundbreaking, magical animation used real audio recordings of the children’s imaginative dialogue.
What imaginary games do you like to play? Ask your parents or grandparents what imaginary games they liked to play when they were your age!
Try It at Home:
Make a fort using pillows and blankets and pretend you’re on an adventure. When you’re done playing, make some drawings and use them to tell a friend or family member your story.
Share What You Made on Social Media
We’d love to see what you made today! Don’t forget to share your artwork with us by using #walkerartcenter and tagging @walkerartcenter or email a photo to email@example.com.
You can also check out #walkerartcenter to see what other families are making.
Family Fun Continues Next Month!
Join us June 6 for another edition of Free First Saturday at Home, when we’ll be celebrating families and everything that makes them unique.
Do you have some suggestions on how to make this event better? Please fill out this short survey to tell us about your experience of Free First Saturday at Home. Thank you for helping us make the experience even better next month!
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Free First Saturday is sponsored by
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.