Below, you will find links to posts Introducing The World's Greatest Artists series as well as materials, arts, and crafts inspired by the Art History unit study.
Vincent van Gogh (born March 30, 1853 ) - The World's Greatest Artist
Read here about Vincent van Gogh.
See here "Vincent van Gogh's 🎨 Birthday 🎂 " Inspired Sunflower Craft.
Oscar-Claude Monet (born November 14, 1840) - The World's Greatest Artist
Read here about Claude Monet - Introducing The World's Greatest🎨Artists.
See here our Art Project 🎨 inspired by Claude Monet's Poppy Field (Light and Colors ❤️️+💚).
See here "Claude Monet 🎂Birthday •🎨Inspired 🌸Irises in Monet's Garden."
Salvador Dali (born May 11, 1904) ~ The World's Greatest Artist
See here "Salvador🎨 Dali's🎂 Birthday" - How We Celebrate.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (born February 25, 1841) ~ The World's Greatest Artist
Paul Klee ~ The World's Greatest Artist
See here Paul Klee 🖼Lines Inspired Kids Washi Tape Resist Oil Pastels 🎨Craft
- a portrait ~ a picture of a person, usually of person's face ~ ex.Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
- a landscape ~ a picture of natural scenery ~ex. Claude Monet's haystack or Lily-pond paintings
- still life ~ a picture of an inanimate object or of an object that does not move ~ think of Paul Cézanne's fruits painting.
What would you consider this painting be? Julia drew off a picture I took of Smithsonian Gardens in Washington DC? Would you consider it still life or landscape? And by the way, we had a lesson on pastels and these pastel sticks are as close to professional quality at an affordable price as possible! (Buy pastel paper-pad here. )
ART IN ACTION
We absolute love Art in Action 1 book ~ which introduces young children to the world of art with 24 creative projects inspired by 12 masterpieces!
Project "Color Tones" is perfect for smaller children (Julia did it when she was 2 yo) and is a great introduction to color grading. All you need is a ruler, masking tape and red and white paint. You can also make shades of your child's favorite color too!
Georges Seurat ~ The World's Greatest Artist
We absolutely love Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Series! Simple text, humorous illustrations will keep your little ones learning about famous artists in no time! Today, we are reading about Georges Seurat ~ the life and career of the nineteenth-century French Neo-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat, best known for inventing the painting technique known as Pointillism.
This "dot" picture-art is perfect for smaller children who lack the skill or patience to reproduce a true Pointillism technique. Make sure to supervise the ironing process and watch the amazement on your child's face when the masterpiece-print emerges!
Puzzles are great to introduce children to artists and their famous paintings. Sunday At La Grande Jatte is probably Seurat's most famous large-scale painting. I would suggest this 30 pc jigsaw puzzle for children 3 and up.
Another project from a book Art in Action 1 is "Spray Picture" and it is an absolute favorite form of art with my children. There is something about using a toothbrush (and not brushing teeth) and splattering paint that makes this form of art super fun, creative and perfect for smaller children who do not yet possess an advanced fine motor skill.
The idea is to simulate "dot painting" (placing un-mixed tiny dots of paints next to each other) also known as Pointillism ~ a style of painting Seurat is so famous for. The idea of not blending colors first is that when you apply colors close to each other (for example yellow next to red), the eye would "blend" them to orange color once you "zoom out" even though on a close look you can discern a separate red and yellow.
What you will need: a pencil, masking tape, a toothbrush, and paints.
This is a form of tape-resist art (see here), and the last step is to carefully remove the masking tape ~ then observe your masterpiece emerge!
Hokusai ~ The Great 🌊Wave
Inspired by a woodblock print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", also known as The Great Wave or simply The 🌊 Wave ~ by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai with a twist ~ by adding Julia's favorite sea animal ~ 🐬a dolphin. Oil on canvas. Anya, 2018.
Stay tuned for more World's Greatest Artists ...