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Family Friendly Activities & K–12 Resources

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The George Eastman Museum serves students and educators through programs that provide creative approaches to the curriculum. Whether on-site or online, our resources help students to explore a range of subjects, including photography, history, technology, and language arts.

Hands-On Activities

Gathering Clouds Activities

Early photographers had a hard time getting clouds to show up in their pictures. Sometimes, they would draw clouds by hand and add them to their photographs. These coloring pages include photographs from our exhibition, Gathering Clouds, but we've removed the clouds so you can try creating your own! 

Want to harness the power of sunlight to create artwork? Try this easy at-home activity using sun print paper, or make your own cyanotype paper to create amazing artwork inspired by Anna Atkins. 

Storytime & Activity

Join us for storytime in George Eastman's historic library with Jamie M. Allen, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Associate Curator in the Department of Photography. Follow along as she reads A is for Applebiting Alligators by artist Bea Nettles, and enjoy the activity pages inspired by the book.

Coloring Pages & Activity Packets

Enjoy a selection of coloring pages and games that feature George Eastman, the historic mansion and gardens, and objects from our collection

Coloring Pages:

Activity Packets:

Pre-Cinema Activities

These activities are designed to demystify the illusion of motion. All types of moving image devices—from simple flipbooks to motion picture film—operate on a basic set of principles. By making your own motion-picture devices, you will learn how our eyes perceive motion where there is only a series of still images. 

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Photography Activities

These activities are a fun, hands-on way to explore the basics of photography using objects you can find around your home.

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PDF Instructions

Virtual Tours

Explore the museum from home with our virtual tours. Through the links below, you can access the historic mansion, see select behind-the-scenes areas, and tour the gardens in full bloom.