An Art Workshop in a Bag
Each featured project relates to the museum's collections or exhibitions and contains materials, and instructions to complete at home on your own time line. Kits may be purchased online and picked up at the museum during regular admission hours.
Sunset Scenery Guided Painting Art Kit
Guided Painting Art Kit | Recorded Art Instruction
Sunset Scenery | $20 members, $25 non-members with materials
Instruction only (materials self-provided)| $10 members, $15 non-members
About the Kit: Art Kits contain a special project that can be done on your own schedule. Try out our guided painting art kit and create a lovely sunset scene inspired by artist Bill Sullivan’s 1996 Twilight at Olana. The painting Twilight at Olana depicts the view seen from Olana, the historic house museum of famous Hudson River School painter Frederick Church. The Sunset Scenery kit includes a canvas (11 x 14), paintbrushes, tempera paint, as well as a color reference image of Twilight at Olana. Detailed instructions accompany each kit as well as a link to a painting tutorial video, to walk you through creating your own masterpiece!
Museum Inspiration: To see a closer view of Twilight at Olana, you may visit the collections database where you can zoom in on details of the painting.
Price: Cost per kit is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Have your own art materials? You may provide your own paint and canvas and pay a reduced fee of $10 members, $15 non-members to receive a digital copy of the instructions, and the link to the pre-recorded lesson.
Pick Up: Kits can be picked up at the museum during open admission hours. Museum hours are Wednesday- Saturday from 10:00-5:00, and Sundays from 12:00-5:00.
Delft Painted Tile Art Kit, & Quilling Art Kit
Limited stock available for purchase in the Museum Shop
While these are no longer the featured Art Kits available for online registration, limited quantities are available for purchase onsite in the Museum Shop.
Delft Painted Tile Art Kit: The Delft Painted Tiles Art Kit takes inspiration from the lovely blue Delftware in the museum's collections. The Delft Tile kit includes 3 tiles to paint, a brush and blue paint, images of traditional delft tile designs, and transfer paper to copy designs onto tiles to paint as well as a collections coloring page of one of our Dutch ceramic pieces. Detailed instructions accompany each kit as well as a link to a short video introducing the Dutch Delft tiles in the museum’s collections.
Museum Inspiration: To see a closer view of the museum's Delft tile collection you may visit the ceramics category of the collections database where you can zoom in on details on works such as a three-tulip tile.
Quilling Art Kit: The Albany Institute's first Art Kit is a fun quilling project inspired by a lovely quilled tea caddy in the museum’s collection. Quilling involves using paper strips to create decorative designs. The Quilling Art Kit includes detailed instructions, a craft box to decorate, paper quilling strips, simple quilling tools, and glue. A link to a short video introducing the quilled tea caddy in the museum’s collection is also included.
Museum Quilling Inspiration: To see a closer view of the museum's quillwork tea caddy where you can zoom in on details please click here.