Museum video series, “Art Sprouts,” blooms during quarantine

University of Arizona Museum of Art staff are taking to YouTube to bring family-friendly art activities to the Tucson community with a program called Art Sprouts.

Art Sprouts originally was an in-person museum program, focused on combining story time and art making. The program was on hiatus when the COVID-19 crisis hit and the museum closed.

Chelsea Farrar, the museum’s Curator of Community Engagement, saw an opportunity to reach out to the Tucson arts community, especially young families by repurposing Art Sprouts.

“We didn’t have Art Sprouts as a program at the museum, and then as soon as quarantine happened, everything started to shift and I proposed bringing the program back temporarily to see how we could be of service to the community,” said Farrar.

Now Art Sprouts: Home Edition focuses on providing young children ages 2-5 with activities that they can participate in from the safety of their own homes.

>> Check out all the videos … Art Sprouts: Home Edition

In the videos, Farrar and a lucky volunteer (one of her children), work step-by-step on an art project made from things they find around the house. In the first clip, Farrar and her youngest child, Elliot, demonstrate how to create a drawing robot from items such as a cup, markers, an electric toothbrush motor and sticks.


“I first start with what we have access to in our house and what I think other people are going to have access to, and that starts to dictate what we’re going to do,” said Farrar.

Before making the videos, Farrar said that it was easy for her to fill her time scrolling through social media and doing chores around the house, but working on art helps give her life meaning.

“In the first couple of weeks, art was kind of my respite, it was a place I could kind of go to in the middle of the day, or really more at the end of the day, to just kind of focus on something that was important to me,” said Farrar.

Although Farrar said there’s nothing quite like the joy she gets from interacting with children and parents at the museum, she hopes that her videos will give people a sense of creativity and purpose during this time.

“It’s an evolving process as we’re figuring out different ways that we can hopefully add meaning to people’s lives overall,” said Farrar.

Facebook Feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
8 hours ago
Arizona Arts

On the eve of their 2022 Spring Graduation Ceremony last week for The University of Arizona College of Fine Arts, three graduating 'Outstanding Seniors' describe their experience with their art, what they’ve learned and what they’ll take away into the world.

* Mia Rosin, The University of Arizona School of Dance
* Ryann Squires, University of Arizona School of Art
* Nika Bogorad, UA School of Theatre, Film & Television

#ArizonaArtsGrad #BearDownGrad
... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago
Arizona Arts

Congrats to our College of Fine Arts’ Spring 2022 ‘Outstanding Seniors!” We are so proud of you!!!

> Ryann Squires, art
University of Arizona School of Art

> Mia Rosen, dance
The University of Arizona School of Dance

> Katie Baird | College of Fine Arts, music
The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music

> Nika Bogorad, film
UA School of Theatre, Film & Television

#ArizonaArtsGrad #BearDownGrad
The University of Arizona
... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
Arizona Arts

TONIGHT ... Magic Hour at The Loft Cinema from UA School of Theatre, Film & Television students. ... See MoreSee Less

Load more