Color Our Collections

Coloring book plate, after Robert Peake the Elder, Portrait of a Woman, Traditionally Identified as Mary Clopton (born Waldegrave), of Kentwell Hall, Suffolk (detail), ca. 1600, oil on panel, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Description

Grab your crayons, paints, markers, or app, and show us your best color work. Stay true to the original or get creative!

Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Download one of our coloring book plates.
  • Look closely at the artworks from our collections.
  • Find what’s missing between the lines.
  • Use your imagination and get creative. Add things that you don’t already see: animals, flowers, or your favorite person.
  • Be as realistic or as silly as you’d like!

How does the mood of the image change when you try different methods? 

Need an app? Download Adobe Illustrator Draw for Android or iPhone.

We’d like to see your work. Share your creations by tagging @yalebritishart or email us at ycba.info@yale.edu. #YCBAdraw

Coloring book plates

Coloring book plate, after Robert Peake the Elder, Portrait of a Woman, Traditionally Identified as Mary Clopton (born Waldegrave), of Kentwell Hall, Suffolk, ca. 1600, oil on panel, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Learn more about Robert Peake the Elder’s work.

Coloring book plate, after Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, Portrait of Mr. Van Amburgh, As He Appeared with His Animals at the London Theatres, Summer 1846 to March 1847, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Learn more about Sir Edwin Henry Landseer’s work.

Coloring book plate, after J. M. W. Turner, Dort or Dordrecht, The Dort packet-boat from Rotterdam becalmed, 1818, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Learn more about J. M. W. Turner’s work.

Coloring book plate, after George Stubbs, Zebra, 1763, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Learn more about George Stubbs’s work.