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Art School | Nature Friends Collage

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

fall friends nature collage activity - great way to get kids tuned into nature and combine outdoor time with art

Autumn is in full force where we live, and I’m guessing it is for you as well. Leaves have changed and the ground is covered with all sorts of lovely nature bits and pieces. Today’s collage is going to be full of leaves, bark, twigs, seeds, pretty much anything you would find on a nature walk. So pull on those sweaters and head on out for a nice hike or walk around your neighborhood and see what you can collect. (more…)

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Art School | Japanese Watercolor

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

japanese watercolor art lesson for kids

Exploring the world of ancient Japanese art reveals such beautiful techniques in watercolor painting. Japanese artist Sesshu was born in the 15th century and his work was greatly influenced by Chinese landscape painting. Using just one color, he allowed his brush strokes, heavier or lighter, thicker or thinner to create his scenes. Let’s take a look at one of his paintings, titled “Landscape of Fall and Winter.” (more…)

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Art School | Let’s Make a Fall Tree Sculpture

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

fall tree sculpture

We are going to delve into the world of visual arts for today’s art project. Specifically, sculpting! Originally sculptures were created by either:

1) the taking away of material, such as carving or
2) modeling using clay, stone, metal, or wood

Today, we’re going to explore the second method of sculpting. And I’m going to warn you right now, it’s really, really cool. And since summer is basically over (isn’t that what Labor Day means?!), I thought a fun fall themed project would be appropriate.

My fifth grader came home and actually taught me this art lesson. I was just pretty much there to photograph the whole thing. In his class they do a lot of pottery and sculpting and this one project in particular left him wanting to do it at home, again and again.

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Art School | Solar Printing

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

introduction to solar printing

Solar printing or sometimes referred to as sun printing is a really fun art project for kids, and a great intro to printing photographs. Remember those, the old school negatives that we used to get with our camera! All it takes are a few supplies. (more…)

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Art School | Paul Klee

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

paul klee art lesson for kids

I’m so excited to be back with an art lesson for kids of all ages on Classic Play. Summer schedules have rocked our routine a bit, but I’m back with a fun project inspired by artist Paul Klee.

Paul Klee was a Swiss German who created over 10,000 pieces of art, more than almost any other artist, EVER. Pretty amazing right? He was a colleague of another artist who we’ve explored here on Classic Play, Kandinsky. Paul Klee was very influential in modern art and most of his art is described as having cartoon-like characteristics, where he uses a lot of color to create abstract pieces. Let’s take a look at one of his paintings called Castle and Sun. (more…)

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Art School | Summer Sand Art

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

sand art - perfect for a summer vacation keepsake

Today’s art lesson is inspired by my family’s recent summer vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. The tropical islands have so much history and beauty, it took our breath away daily. The Hawaiian Islands are believed to be first settled by Polynesians who brought with them all the things that Hawaii is now known for, sugar cane, pigs, taro, chickens, coconuts, and sweet potato. One thing that the early settlers didn’t bring with them is sand. Sand in Hawaii is native to Hawaii! (more…)

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Art School | Doodle Art

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

doodle art lesson

We are going to do something really fun today and explore the world of doodling. Yes, there’s a whole doodling world out there! When I was researching artists for this lesson, I was blown away by the talent and creations of these artists. I came across an artist named Faith Georgia. (more…)

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Art School | Tessellations for Kids

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

teach kids how to make their own MC Escher inspired tessellations

This art lesson is a great mix for kids who love science or math, or both! First let’s explore the life of a famous artist named M.C. Escher. This Dutch graphic artist was born in 1898 and lived until 1972. He is known for his mathematically inspired woodcuts and drawings, some of which feature tessellations. What’s a tessellation? A tessellation is where you use one or more geometric shape (called tiles) with no overlaps and no gaps. It sounds simple, but they can be extremely complex! M.C. Escher became very interested in symmetry. Let’s take a look at one of his pieces called Bulldog. (more…)

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