Showing posts with label Art for Kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art for Kids. Show all posts

Dec 29, 2015

Most Popular Posts 2015 - and All Time!

I've been blogging at Proverbs 31 Woman for six years (and have written over 1,140 posts!), but honestly, I never have any clue which posts are going to be the most talked about or viewed. They say the Lord works in mysterious ways, and judging by what posts are most popular here, I have to agree! It's always a pretty eclectic list. I hope you enjoy it!

(P.S. Want to see more popular posts from Proverbs 31 Woman? Check out the Pinterest page "Most Popular Posts at Proverbs 31 Woman.")


Most Popular Posts from 2015:

1. Why I Don't Watch HGTV (And Maye You Shouldn't Either)

2. Free Art History Curriculum: Edgar Degas (this whole series is popular, but this is the most popular post from the series)

3. How to Kill E.Coli on Vegetables and Fruits

4. No Fail Healthy Pie Crust Recipe

5. Keeping the House Cool in Summer (With and Without AC)

6. 12 Old Fashioned Birthday Party Games for Kids

7. How to Make a SCOBY for Kombucha

8. "I Am..." A Self Worth Craft for Kids


Most Popular Posts of All Time:

1. How to Train Chickens (and Get Them to Do What You Want Them to Do)

2. Best Free Apron Patterns on the Net

3. 6 Ways to Teach Kids the Books of the Bible

4. Best Ideas for Upcycling Jeans

5. How to Clean a REALLY Dirty Stove

6. How to EASILY Clean Ceilings and Walls - Even in a Greasy Kitchen

7. Canning Pickled Green Beans (Dilly Beans)

8. Easy Refrigerator Pickled Beets

9. Freezing Apple Pie Filling


May 15, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Paul Cezanne

"Apples and Oranges" is one of Cezanne's most famous paintings.
Paul Cezanne: b. January 19, 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France (find it on the globe) d.October 22, 1906 in Aix-en-Provence, France

Style: Post-impressionist

See some of Cezanne's most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How are Cezanne's paintings different from other artists we've studied? How are they similar? What colors did Cezanne like to use? How did he use light and shape in his art? How do his paintings make you feel? Cezanne is well known for his paintings of objects, which are called "still life" art. Why do you think artists want to paint everyday objects? Read more about still life art here.

* Biography of Paul Cezanne
* Another Cezanne biography
* Coloring page: Still Life with Apples
* Coloring page: Ginger Jar
* Coloring page: Still Life with Curtain and Flowers
* Coloring page: The Blue Vase
* "Cezanne's Astonishing Apples" - a presentation by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Video: "Still Life with Apples and Peaches"
* Video: How to Paint a Pear
* Activity: Create a still life
* Activity: Apple still life
* Activity: Painted Pears
* Activity: Drawing still lifes


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Mar 27, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Georgia O'Keeffe

One of O'Keeffe's famous paintings is "Oriental Poppies."
Georgia O'Keeffe: b. November 15, 1887 near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (find it on the map) d. March 6, 1986 in Santa Fey, New Mexico (find it on the map)

Style: American modernism

See some of O'Keeffe's most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What were some of O'Keeffe's favorite things to paint? She is best known for her paintings of flowers, but what else did she paint? How is O'Keeffe's work similar to other artists we've studied? How is her work different? How did O'Keeffe use color? Shapes? Shading? Did she like to see things upclose or from far away?

* Biography of O'Keeffe
* Fun Facts about O'Keeffe
* National Gallery of Art's .PDF on Georgia O'Keeffe
* Coloring pages of miscellaneous O'Keeffe paintings  (more here)
* Coloring page: "Lawrence Tree"
* Video: "My Name is Georgia" (picture book read aloud)
* Activity: Flowers in the style of O'Keeffe (see also)
* Activity: Use color like O'Keeffe
* Activity: 3D Poppies inspired by O'Keeffe
* Activity: Use a viewfinder to create an O'Keeffe inspired piece of artwork
* Activity: How to draw a Calla Lily
* More tips for creating O'Keeffe inspired art

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Mar 6, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas is best known for his paintings of dancers, including "The Dance Class."
Edgar Degas: b. July 19, 1834 in Paris, France (find it on the globe) d. September 17, 1917 in Paris, France.

Style: Impressionist

See some of Degas' most famous paintings. You may also wish to view the artists' complete works here. (Degas painted some nudes; if desired, parents can search for images ahead of the lesson, and only share those they deem appropriate.)

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What were some of Degas favorite things to paint? The style of Degas' painting is called Impressionism, but Degas called himself a realist. What's the difference between the two and why do you think Degas felt this way about his work? What are some of your favorite Degas paintings - and why? How is Degas similar to other artists we've studied? How is his work different? Degas was also known for his sculptures; you can see some here.

* Biography of Degas
* Shorter biography of Edgar Degas
* Degas for Kids at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
* About Degas' Little Dancer, Age 14
* .PDF "Inside Scoop" from the National Gallery of Art, Washington (includes "Sculpt an Athlete" activity)
* Video: Dancers and Degas
* Coloring page: Dancer with Bouquet Curtsying
* Coloring page:  The Dancing Class
* Coloring pages (online): Various Degas Images
* Activity: Sculpt movement
* Activity: Sculpt a Dancer
* Activity: Coffee Filter Dancer (here's another variation)
* Activity: Watercolor a Ballerina
* Activity: How to Draw a Ballerina
* Activity: Make a moveable paper dancer
* Activity: Color, cut out, and play with ballerina paper dolls

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Jan 30, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Grandma Moses

"Sugaring Off" is one of Grandma Moses' famous paintings.
Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson): b. September 7, 1860 in Greenwich, New York (find it on the map) d. December 13, 1961 in Hoosick Falls, New York (find it on the map) 

Style: Folk/Naive Art

See some of Grandma Moses' most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What sort of stories do Grandma Moses' paintings tell? Where do you think she got her inspiration? Do her paintings look realistic to you? Do they appear "flat" or three-dimensional? By looking at her paintings, do you think you can tell what Moses valued in life? How is her work different from other artists we've studied? How is it similar? How does her work make you feel? What makes Moses' work "folk art?" (For help with that last question, click here.)

* Biography of Grandma Moses
* Another bio of Moses
* Video: Grandma Moses
* Video: Women Artists: Grandma Moses
* Power Point: Grandma Moses
* Coloring page: Several Grandma Moses paintings, plus an image of the artist to color
* Coloring page: Harper's Ferry
* Activity: Moses was famous for seasonal paintings; choose a season (or use all four) to create a Moses-inspired landscape.
* Activity: Perspective in art
* Activity: A Moses-style landscape.

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Jan 23, 2015

Free Art History Curriculum: Grant Wood

American Gothic is far and away Wood's most famous painting.
Grant Wood: b. February 13, 1891 in Anamosa, Iowa (find it on the map) d. February 12, 1942 in Iowa City, Iowa (find it on the map) 

Style: Realist/Regionalism

See some of Wood's most famous paintings.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: When you look at American Gothic, what do you think the people in it are thinking? Why do you think Wood named the painting American Gothic? Looking at Wood's other works, what sort of paintings do you think he preferred creating? How does Wood use color? Texture? Shape? Shade and light? How do his paintings make you feel? How do you think the artist felt about farming? About the farmlands of America?

* Biography of Grant Wood
* Power point biography of Grant Wood
* The story behind American Gothic
* See a photo of the real life models for American Gothic
* Coloring page: American Gothic
* Famous paintings are often imitated; look for some American Gothic parodies (NOTE: You may wish to select a few you feel are appropriate for your child to view.)
* Video: Biography of Grant Wood
* Activity: Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood 
* Activity: Grant Wood style landscapes
* Activity: Wood was known for painting textures; rub a leaf, then try to duplicate the look with just colored pencils
* Activity: Wood-inspired collage


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.



Nov 21, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Mary Cassatt

One of Cassatt's most famous paintings is "The Child's Bath"
Mary Cassatt: b. May 22, 1844 in Allegheeny City, Pennsylvania (find it on the map) d. June 14, 1926 at Château de Beaufresne, near Paris (find it on the globe)

Style: Impressionist

See some of Cassatt's most famous paintings. (You may also view her complete works here.)

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: Mary Cassatt is the first woman artist we've studied. Why do you think there are fewer famous women artists than there are men? What were some of Cassatt's favorite subjects? Why do you think she painted so many children? What do you feel when you look at Cassatt's paintings? What do you think the people in her paintings are feeling? What do you notice about Cassatt's use of brush strokes, color, and light?

* Biography of Mary Cassatt
* Another bio of Cassatt
* National Gallery of Art: Mary Cassatt
* Mary Cassatt at the Louvre, c. 1880, by Degas. (Degas and Cassatt were friends. What does Degas' pastel tell you about his thoughts on Cassatt?)
* Coloring page: The Boating Party (see also)
* Coloring page: Young Mother Sewing
* Coloring page: Susan on Balcony Holding a Dog
* Coloring page: The Family
* Video: Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist
* Video: The Boating Party
* Activity: Monoprinting (also called monotypes), like Cassatt (also here)
* Activity: Mary Cassatt hats
* Activity: Painting mothers and children


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Nov 7, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Thomas Gainsborough

One of Gainsborough's most famous paintings is "Blue Boy."
Thomas Gainsborough: b. May 14, 1727 in Sudbury, England (find it on the globe) d. August 2, 1788 in London, England (find it on the globe)

Style: Romanticism

See some of Gainsborough's most famous paintings. (You can also see most of Gainsborough's works here.)

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: If you had to guess, what would you say was Gainsborough's favorite thing to paint? (Answer: Landscapes.) How does he use color and light? Does his painting remind you of any other artists we've studied? Look closely at some of Gainsborough's portraits. What can you tell about the people he painted? What are they feeling? What kind of people are they?

* Biography of Thomas Gainsborough
* A shorter bio of Gainsborough
* Coloring page: Blue Boy (there's a more detailed version here)
* Coloring page: M Mm Andrews
* Interactive site: Learning about Landscapes
* Activity: Drawing a Landscape
* Activity: Choose Your Own Landscape
* Activity: Portrait Helps (use these blank faces to make your own portraits)
* Activity: Make an articulated manikin (useful in portraiture)
* Activity: Draw Emotion
* Video: Artists and their Self Portraits

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Oct 24, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Andy Warhol



Two of Andy Warhol's most famous works.
Andy Warhol: b. August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (find it on the map) d. February 22, 1987 in New York City, New York, USA (find it on the map)
Style: Modern, Pop

See some of Andy Warhol's most famous works here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What's the first thing you notice about Andy Warhol's work? How is his work different from other artists' we've studied? How is it similar? What do you think the artist was thinking and feeling while he worked? What do you think he wanted to say with his art? What sort of colors did he like to use? What kind of subjects did he prefer?

* Biography of Andy Warhol
* Another bio of Warhol
* Facts about Warhol
* Coloring page: Soup can * Coloring page: Einstein
* Coloring page: Warhol
* Check out a children's book illustrated by Warhol
* Activity: Create soup can labels
* Activity: Warhol-inspired resist art
* Activity: Warhol like portraits (see also)
* Activity: Warhol handprints
* Activity: Create a Warhol-like cat
* Video: Why is this art?
* App: Free Andy Warhol app for kids


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Oct 17, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: George Seurat

George Seurat's most famous painting is Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte.
George Seurat: b. December 2, 1859 in Paris, France (find it on the globe) d. March 29, 1891 (age 31) in Paris, France

Style: Pointillism, Neoimpressionist

See some of George Seurat's most famous paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask:  What's the first thing you notice about George Seurat's paintings? Do you see all the little dots he used? Look at them up close. Now look at the painting from far away. What do you notice about the dots? How is Seurat's work different from other artists' we've studied? How is it similar? What do you think the artist was thinking and feeling while he painted? How do his paintings make you feel? Be sure to take an especially good look at Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte; there are many details in this picture. Can you find the monkey? The solider? How many dogs and boats are there? Who looks relaxed? Who doesn't? What do you think the artist is trying to say about the many different people in the painting?

* Biography of George Seurat
* Longer bio of Seurat
* Coloring page: Sunday Afternoon detail
* Coloring page: Sunday Afternoon (see also; this, too)
* Coloring page: Bathers
* Video: Artregeous with Nate: George Seurat (part 2; part 3)
* Great art is often mimicked; see this muppet version of Sunday Afternoon
* Activity: Easy pointillism for kids
* Activity: Q-tip pointillism
* Activity: Sticker pointillism
* Activity: George Seurat online jig saw puzzle


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Oct 10, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Michelangelo

Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarotti): b. March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy (find it on the globe) d. February 18, 1564 in Rome, Italy (find it on the globe)
Michelangelo is most famous for painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This part of that painting, known as The Creation of Adam, is probably the most recognized work of Michelangelo.
Style: Renaissance

See some of Michelangelo's famous paintings here; click here to view some of his other art.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: Does Michelangelo's work remind you of any other artist we've studied? Why or why not? What kinds of stories does Michelangelo's art tell? Are they realistic or not? What kinds of colors and brush strokes and shapes does he use? How do his paintings make you feel? See if you can find out how big some of Michelangelo's paintings were.

* Biography of Michelangelo
* Longer bio of Michelangelo
* Fun facts about Michelangelo
* Coloring page: The Creation of Adam (also here)
* Coloring page: Delphes Sylphide
* Coloring page: Misc. Sistine Chapel images 
* Coloring page: head of David
* Video: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel (from Book of Virtues)
* Video: Dropping in on Renaissance Artists
* Video: The Sistine Chapel
* Activity: Paint on the "ceiling" like Michelangelo (see also)
* Activity: Make a sculpture from soap
* Activity: Make a fresco, like Michelangelo


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Oct 3, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Henri Matisse

One of Matisse's most famous painting is "Goldfish"
Henri Matisse: b. December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France (find it on the globe) d. November 3, 1954 in Nice, France (find it on the globe)

Style: Fauve/Modern

See some of Matisse's most famous paintings here.  
NOTE: A lot of nudes come up in that Google search. If you'd prefer to pick and choose which Matisse paintings to show your children, be sure do this ahead of the lesson.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How is Matisse's work like the other artists you've studied? How is it different? How would you describe his use of color? Pattern? Shape? How do feel looking at his paintings?

* Biography of Henri Matisse
* Longer bio of Matisse
* Fun facts about Matisse
*Coloring page: Woman with a Hat
* Coloring page: Goldfish
* Coloring page: Madame Matisse
* Coloring page: La Musique
* Coloring page: Figure with Bouquet
* Inexpensive "Roll a Masterpiece" game
* Video: Matisse for Kids
* Video Matisse himself, making a paper cut out
* Video: Matisse for Children
* Activity: Make a collage inspired by Matisse
* Activity: Interior inspired by Matisse
* Activity: Drawing goldfish, like Matisse
* Activity: Creating your own Matisse-inspired "Goldfish"


Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Sep 26, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Rembrandt

"The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt van Rijn.
Rembrandt van Rijn: b. July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands (find it on the globe) d. October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam, Netherlands (find it on the globe) (NOTE: Not sure how to pronounce Rembrandt's name? Click here to listen to his name being spoken.)

Style: Baroque (learn more about the Baroque period here)

See some of Rembrandt's most famous paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How is Rembrandt's work like the other artists you've studied? How is it different? What stories do Rembrandt's paintings tell? What techniques does he use to tell his stories? Does he use mostly dark or light colors? How does he use shadow and light? See if you can find this answer online or at the library: How large were most of Rembrandt's paintings? Also: Have you ever heard someone being called "a Rembrandt?" What does that mean?

* Biography of Rembrandt
* Longer bio of Rembrandt 
* Coloring page: "Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord Jesus"
* Coloring page: "Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph"
* Free brochure about Rembrandt
* Powerpoint lesson for kids on Rembrandt 
* Video: Rembrandt's story
* Lesson on one of Rembrandt's most famous works, "Storm on the Sea of Galilee"
* Activity: Use an Impasto technique, similar to Rembrandt's
* Activity: Rembrandt is famous for portraits; here's a simple how-to for kids on how to draw one

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Sep 19, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Pablo Picasso

"The Dream" is one of Picasso's most famous paintings.
NOTE: People either seem to love or loathe Picasso's paintings. But even if you hate Picasso's work, your child should be exposed to his paintings - in part because Picasso is important to art history; in part because he's part of the common vernacular ("I'm no Picasso..."); and in part because your child should have an opportunity to form an opinion about the artists' work. As a bonus, if you help your child study Picasso's work, you may find an actual appreciation for his work that you wouldn't otherwise have.


Pablo Picasso: b.October 25, 1881 in Málaga, Spain (find it on the globe) d.April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France (find it on the globe)

Style: Cubism (learn more about cubism here)

See some of  Picasso's most famous paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How is Picasso's work like other artists you've studied? How is it different? How do you feel looking at Picasso's work? What shapes and colors do you often see in his work? Do brushstrokes play a significant role in his paintings? Why do you think Picasso painted this way? Be sure to check out some of Picasso's early work, which was painted in a realistic style.

* Biography of Picasso
* Longer biography of Picasso
* "Fun Facts about Pablo Picasso"
* Illustrated, brief bio of Picasso
* Coloring page: "Three Musicians"
* Coloring page: "Child with Dove"
* Coloring page: "Girl in Front of Mirror"
* Coloring page: "Girl on a Pillow"
* Coloring page: "Portrait of Jacqueline Roque"
* Coloring page: "The Dream"
* Activity: Understanding cubism and making a cubist portrait
* Activity: Picasso-inspired portraits
* Activity: Picassohead, an online activity
* Activity: 3-D Picasso-inspired toy
* Activity: Picasso-inspired collage
* Video: Grow and Know: Picasso
* Video: Miss Patty's Art Smart: Picasso 



Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Sep 12, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Claude Monet

Monet painted the bridge in his garden many times, over many seasons.
Claude Monet: b.November 14, 1840 in Paris, France (find it on the globe) d. December 5, 1926 in Giverny, France (find it on the globe)

Style: Impressionist (Learn more about impressionism here.)

See some of Claude Monet's paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: Do you see any similarities between Monet's paintings and Van Gogh's or Da Vinci's? How is Monet's art different? How does Monet use color and shade to create a certain mood? How does Monet use brush strokes? Whose sunflowers painting came first: Monet's or Van Gogh's? How do Monet's paintings make you feel?

* Short biography of Claude Monet
* Longer biography of Monet
* Coloring page: "Water Lilies" (to print, right click and save to your computer, then print)
* Coloring page: "La Promenade"
* Coloring page: "Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies"
* Coloring page: "Sunflowers"
* Activity: Tape resist Monet-inspired painting
* Activity: Watercolor and oil Monet-inspired painting
* Activity: Create a 3D water lily
* Activity: Crayon resist Monet-inspired painting
* Video: Claude Monet for Kids
* Video: Linnea in Monet's Garden  (Netflix also carries this in DVD form; the movie is based on this book)
* Video: Footage of Monet's real gardens (also here)
* Video: Impressionist painting for kids: chalk pastels
* Video: Paint Like Monet: A Beginner's Guide

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Sep 5, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum: Leonardo Da Vinci

"Mona Lisa" is one of Da Vinci's most famous paintings.
Leonardo da Vinci: b.April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy (find it on the globe) d. May 2, 1519 in Amboise, Kingdom of France (find it on the globe)

Style: High Renaissance (A simple explanation: "The Renaissance happened in the 14th - 16th centuries. It was a time when people in Europe had a reawakening of thought, art, literature, science, and government. They experimented, fought wars, and experienced religious change, moving away from Catholicism toward Protestant thought." Learn more about the Renaissance here.)

See some of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous paintings here. Learn about Da Vinci's interest in invention and science here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: How is Da Vinci's work like Van Gogh's? How is it different? How do you think Da Vinci's interest in science influenced his work as an artist? What stories do Da Vinci's paintings tell?

* Biography of Leonardo Da Vinci
* Another bio of Da Vinci
* Coloring page: "Mona Lisa" (another one here)
* Coloring page: "Lady with an Ermine"
* Coloring page: "Proportions of the Human Figure" (to print, right click, save to computer, then print)
* Coloring page: self portrait
* Coloring page: Last Supper
* Inexpensive Kindle book: Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci?
* Free book: Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids: 21 Activities
* Interactive website: Museum of Science, Leonardo Da Vinci
* Video: Why is the Mona Lisa so Famous?
* Video: 10 Worst Things That Have Happened to the Mona Lisa
* Activity: Da Vinci made his own paint; you can make paint, too.

Da Vinci was more than "just" an artist; if you like, you can add projects related to mirror writing (also here), flying machines, catapults (also here), helicopter, etc.

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.


Aug 28, 2014

Free Art History Curriculum for Kids: Vincent Van Gogh


"Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh.
"Starry Night" is one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings.
Vincent Van Gogh: b. March 30, 1853 (Zundert, Netherlands- find it on the globe) - d. July 29, 1890 (Auvers-sur-Oise, France - find it on the globe) Question: How old was Van Gogh when he died?

Style: Post impressionist (learn more about post-impressionism here)

See some of Van Gogh's most famous paintings here.

Be sure to give your child plenty of time to study each work of art. Ask: What colors did Van Gogh favor? What kind of brush strokes does he use? What do his paintings make you feel?

* Short biography of Vincent Van Gogh
* Slightly longer and more detailed bio of Van Gogh 
* Article: Did Van Gogh's vision create his style of painting?
* Coloring page: "Starry Night"
* Coloring page: more detailed "Starry Night"
* Coloring page: "Room at Arles"
* Coloring page: "Sunflowers"
* Coloring page: "Self Portrait"
* Video: Art with Marti and Dada - Vincent Van Gogh
* Video: Van Gogh inspired art with oil pastels and watercolor
* Activity: Van Gogh inspired finger painting
* Activity: Van Gogh printable art book

Learn more about this free art history curriculum for kids, plus a list of all artists covered so far, by clicking here.

Aug 27, 2014

Introducing Free Art History Curriculum for Kids

When I was a girl, the grocery store my mother shopped at sometimes sold oddball items - including, for a time, lovely oversized books about famous artists. Fortunately for me, my mother was happy to buy me one of these books each time she shopped, and soon I had most of them. I used to pour over them and dream - and my life is richer for it.

There are a number of reasons I've wanted to include art history in our homeschool. Certainly I want to expose my children to lots of different types of art in order to spur their own creativity. But art is also an important piece of history. Every kid should be able to recognize famous works of art and know who painted them - and at least a little bit about the artist and the time period in which he or she created.

The great thing is, you don't need to buy curriculum in order to supplement your child's education with art! You'll want to have access to the artist's work; your library will probably have some books to help here - and it's also easy to find famous works of art online. (For example, to find famous paintings by Van Gogh, just Google "Van Gogh paintings" and click on the "images" link at the top of the page.)

There are also free videos, coloring pages, and other resources online that can be helpful. But mostly, you'll want to learn a bit about the artist, observe his or her style, and then let your kids try their hand at painting or drawing something similar. Let your children experiment - and don't be concerned if they decide to go off on their own creative tangent. For this, of course, you'll want a few art supplies - paper, crayons, and water colors will do, but also consider having pastels, colored pencils, finger paints, acrylic paints, and colored markers on hand.

Each week, I'll share with you great free resources for adding art history to your children's lives. For young kids, consider keeping their coloring pages/art projects in a folder, then staple them all together into a book at the end of the year. For older kids, consider having the student keep a notebook; each page would have the artist's name, some basic information about him or her, plus a sample of artwork. By the end of the year, your children will have an excellent "book" to browse through and be inspired by.

Currently Available Lessons (more coming every week!):

Vincent Van Gogh
Leonardo Da Vinci
Claude Monet
Pablo Picasso
Rembrandt 
Henri Matisse 
Michelangelo  
George Seurat 
Andy Warhol 
Thomas Gainsborough
Mary Cassatt
Grant Wood
Edgar Degas 
Grandma Moses
Georgia O'Keeffe