World Watercolor Month

Watercolor work by artist Lisa Madson.

Dig out your old watercolor set, buy a new one, or make your own and spend some time “capturing” nature in color during World Watercolor Month. If you need some inspiration, the creators of World Watercolor Month have provided 31 prompts for watercolor painting, one for each day in July.

Watercolor work by artist Lisa Madson.

MHHM summer 2020 teaching artist, Lisa Madson, incorporates watercolor into many of her prints from nature. As an artist and teacher, Lisa uses a technique called eco-dyeing that transfers impressions from leaves and flowers onto paper. She often brings additional color to a hand-printed work using watercolor in a later step. Her art has been on exhibit in many venues including recent exhibits at the Bernardsville Public Library and at Frontline Arts, formerly known as The Printmaking Council of New Jersey (PCNJ). MHHM looks forward to sharing the opportunity for free virtual art lessons led by Lisa in July and August for families and summer groups to create their own works of art. To find out more, email


Learn how to make your own watercolor from food coloring.   

Register for a free virtual watercolor class at the Princeton University Art Museum scheduled for Sunday, July 12. The class will have closed captioning available in both English and Spanish.

Found Art Friday

Running out of ideas for a fun family project? Make it a Fun Found Art Friday. During your walk, collect sticks and when you get home create art using your sticks. Some ideas include making a shape like a heart or spelling out your initials using your stick supply. Your art can be temporary or made permanent by using wood glue and a picture frame. Connect with someone else and share your art with them online.


Need some more found stick art ideas? Visit for inspiration.

“Junk critter” found object art project from

If you can’t get outside, check out for ways to use recycled materials for a found object art project.

Learn why creating a culture of collecting materials for art is important for children’s development.

Learn tips to create a creative environment for found object sculptures.

Melchoir D’Hondecoeter (1636-1695) grew up watching artists at work. His father, grandfather and uncle were all artists. He saw his father painting landscapes with beautiful birds and thought he could too.

Grab a pencil or marker and try sketching a bird today in different poses. Send your artwork to someone you love who is home alone right now. At Macculloch Hall, we would love to see your art too!


I Spy Birds Activity (PDF Document)