Museums around the world are encouraging fans to color on some of their most prized art collections. The #ColorOurCollections initiative invites viewers to "download, color and reimagine thousands of black-and-white artworks sourced from dozens of cultural mainstays around the world." And the best part? It's completely free.
The #ColorOurCollections initiative first launched in 2016 by the New York Academy of Medicine Library (NYAM). This year there are over 100 institutions participating in #ColorOurCollections and include the following:
- Harvard University's Countway Library
- Library of Virginia
- University of Waterloo
- Les Champs Libres
- Harley-Davidson Archives
- Pritzker Military Museum
- New York Academy of Medicine
Content available for free downloads ranges from intricate depictions of the human body from prestigious academic institutions to artwork from the 19th century "nickel-and-dime" novels named for their affordable price-point as well as 1920s advertisements for soda, butter, and shoes.
Check out the full coloring collection here!
Classroom Use Tip: These black-and-white coloring pages would make the perfect independent activity to have out when students complete coursework early.