Archive for the ‘Art School’ Category
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
November is usually filled with family and trips, stories and reminiscing. When this lesson is posted I’ll too be spending time with my family, enjoying days off from work and school, hiking, sleeping in, holding my niece and chasing after my nephew. I tried to create a fun art project that allows children and families to delve into each other’s names, together. To create a Family Name Tree you’ll need (more…)
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
There are few illustrators whose style stands out so unmistakably and so unique as Charley Harper. Most of us can browse through our children’s bookshelves and pick out his works in an instant, books on colors, ABCs, shapes. The thing that stands out most of all is the simplicity of his work. Here’s a quote of his that really explains this well, “when I look at wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns…in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle.” How beautiful for our children to think about something their little imaginations often do all on their own.
This “minimal realism” is what lends itself to his colorful, bold art, not fussy with lots of details of texture and shading, just whimsical illustrations. Minimal means smaller amount, so he wasn’t trying to create a picture that’s as accurate or “real” as possible. Take for instance this red bird,
What shapes do you see? Can your child point out the teardrop, the triangles that create the beak, the triangle tail? How about the rectangles on the branch? We are huge fans of this book—the illustrations and photos are wonderful. If you have access to this book or are at the library, let your child browse through and take note of Charley Harper’s style.
Today, we are going to be creating our very own Charley Harper inspired piece. You will need (more…)
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
We recently learned how important jewelry was to the ancient Egyptians. Well, we meant it! Another piece of jewelry that was worn by Egyptian men and women were armlets. An armlet is similar to a bracelet but it can be worn anywhere on the arm. Armlets were such a treasured adornment that they even buried them with the dead or mummies. Egyptian armlets could have been made with copper, silver, gold, glass, jewels and stones. Today, you get to make your very own wearable art.
You will need (more…)
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
We are venturing back to Egypt for our second lesson this month. We explored Egyptian jewelry last week and this week we are going to investigate the early writing system of Egyptians!
Egyptian Hieroglyphs are graphics or pictures representing words or speech sounds. These symbols were beautifully drawn, and since they took a long time to complete, they were mainly used to decorate the walls of temples.
Take a look at how beautiful these cursive hieroglyphs are. (more…)
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
For the month of October we decided to focus on one country and really explore some fun art lessons that are inspired by the culture and land. Welcome to Egypt!
If you have a globe or a map handy, help the kids find Egypt. Ask them what continent Egypt is on, and what are the surrounding nations, bodies of water? Capital? Language?
Once you’ve located Egypt, ask them what they already know about Egypt? Depending on your child’s age, they may have a ton of knowledge about things like the Nile River, the Great Sphinx, Egypt’s pyramids, or it’s Sahara Desert. Egypt has a very very long history, so you could spend weeks and months learning all about the people of Egypt and their country. But today we are going to focus on the arts.
Egypt is known for their gorgeous jewelry and costumes, especially their collars. This gorgeous collar was found when an Egyptian mummy was unwrapped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Look at the gorgeous beads, and intricate work. (more…)
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
The term ‘still life’ pretty much explains what it is, something still. An object that isn’t moving, maybe a picture, a piece of fruit, or a vase of flowers, all of these could fit in the category of still life. One of the most famous artists to paint still lifes (that’s plural for still life) was Henri Matisse.
There’s quite a few books that you can check out of your local library or buy to learn about Henri Matisse. For younger kids, this book was hilarious and surprisingly pretty accurate about the relationship Matisse and Picasso had with each other.
Or this book as well is wonderful at explaining Matisse’s life and his desire for his art. He wanted his artwork to be soothing, perfectly balanced, and full of beautiful colors. And that’s exactly what he did. The pictures in this book of Matisse’s work are beautiful. (more…)
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
I don’t know about your kids, but mine are back in school. Busy schedules, homework routines, reading logs, the works! Even though school is back in session for most, art shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, art can easily be incorporated into each subject. There’s no reason we can’t use art for a little literature appreciation. The bookmarks we are making today not only let us explore nature around us, but they will make any book we read, whether mandatory reading or for fun, that much more beautiful.
Every once in awhile I think it’s great for us to put our paintbrushes down and walk outside for inspiration. We forget sometimes that the best canvas surrounds us. There is art in nature, in our backyards, at the park, in each and every flower, and today’s lesson is going to incorporate those things into our art. You could say that nature is our medium today.
You will need flowers, leaves, and/or herbs, self-adhesive laminating sheets, and scissors. You can find the laminating sheets at any office supply store, they are my go to since we don’t have a laminating machine at home.
You’ll want to collect your supplies from your walk outside, or trip to your backyard. If you want to cut down the sheet in half ahead of time, that’s fine, or else you can use two full size sheets, one for the top and one for the bottom, and you can cut after. (more…)
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
An artist we have never explored in Art School is Jasper Johns. He was born in Georgia and if you can believe it, where he grew up in South Carolina, he says “there were no artists and there was no art”! That shows us that just because we may not be familiar with something, doesn’t mean we can’t become amazing at it, or even famous for it! Jasper Johns liked to use a lot of organized patterns in his paintings, like flags, numbers, letters, maps. Take a look at this painting, imagine how big this grid of numbers is in real life, it measures 9 FEET by 7 FEET!!! (more…)