Activity 4: Spirit Animal T-Shirt

Activity 4: Spirit Animal T-Shirt

Creative Art Activities in a Time of Social Isolation

Spirit Animal T-Shirt with Scooter LaForge

We’re putting together arts activities inspired by our signature Vega Arts Workshop Series. Anyone can do it! No background in art-making is necessary to complete these activities using simple, low-cost materials found in your home, or easily acquired at essential services locations as well as online retailers. A new activity will be shared every two weeks.

“Be free and instinctive with your painting… ” 

– Scooter LaForge

Activity # 4 – In many traditions, a spirit animal helps to guide or protect a person on a journey. Think about an animal that resonates with you in this moment. It could be a wolf, owl, peacock or a whale. A t-shirt or other article of clothing of your own choosing acts as the canvas. Visualize the spirit animal in your mind and begin painting onto the garment. Select a brush and start with shapes or a simple outline using acrylic paint and materials for fabric. The spirit animal can be fun and whimsical. Have fun! No mistakes.

Tag photos of your artworks on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with #HowlAtHome and #howlhappening to share your creations with us and connect to everyone who Howls at Home! Please email an image of your final project to Howl’s Education Director, Katherine Cheairs at

Key themes: Spirit Animal; Meditation; Creativity


Acrylic or fabric paint
Paint brushes
Paper Towels

Instructional Videos with Scooter LaForge:

Scooter Laforge Owl T Shirt

Videos shot and edited by Clare Gemima

About Scooter LaForge

Scooter LaForge was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and moved to New York City in 2001 for a Cooper Union residency. Living in the East Village for the past 18 years, his unique style mines the rich catalog of art history, infusing classical themes with a colorful sensibility. Bridging the gap between pop art and contemporary painting, LaForge’s work redefines the medium for today. LaForge works in various media, including painting, sculpture, and drawing, employing unorthodox techniques and striking iconic images. In 2015, the artist was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He is a frequent collaborator with his friend Patricia Field. Scooter’s recent exhibitions include Creation of the Animals at Empirical Nonsense; Homo Eruptus, his second solo show at Howl! Happening; and Elsewhere Paintings at Nancy Littlejohn Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

Check out Scooter’s current initiative with the Coalition for the Homeless!

“I’ve seen so many homeless people during this quarantine. I didn’t want to sit around and do nothing, so I went out and did what I could [do] to safely help.” – Scooter LaForge

See the article, Scooter LaForge Sees Hope in Homeless Signs, for more info and to connect with Scooter on Instagram (@scooterlaforge / @scooterlaforgegarments) and Facebook (Scooter LaForge) to get involved.

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