We have really enjoyed learning art with Grandma this year. We have studied a variety of artists and art mediums. Our artist studies are set up with an introduction to the artist. Grandma does the research and presents a small introduction which often includes a video she has found on YouTube and or a picture book about the artist. Once we have surveyed the time period, artist and what type of art the artist created, we move on to the hands-on project. Our goal is to create art using the style of the artist so we can better understand more about that kind of art. Here is a review of what we have done so far.
Piet Mondrian ~
Supplies used ~ Sharpies, rulers, poster paint and good quality drawing paper
This was the children's first introduction to abstract work. It was one of my favorite projects this year. However, I am partial to Piet Mondrian. I find his work very calming.
Frida Kahlo ~
The kids' artwork
This is my attempt.
Supplies ~ oil pastel crayons and good quality drawing paper
One thing that has been really enjoyable through these classes is that the adults have gotten in on the action. The other mother whose children are attending the classes and I have had fun learning, too. Because Frida Kahlo had pet parrots, we all included a parrot in our drawings.
Frank Lloyd Wright ~
Supplies ~ clear contact paper, matte frames, Sharpies and tissue paper
This project was hard and we were thankful for a three adult to five kid ratio. We made windows similar to the bubble windows that Frank Lloyd Wright created out of stained glass. The pictures really do not give them justice.
Grant Wood ~
Supplies ~ Photo of the house used to paint "American Gothic" without any people in the front (found on the Internet), markers and copy paper
This was one of the kids' favorite projects so far. They learned about Regional painting and about parodies. The children loved looking at all the funny parodies that have been made of the "American Gothic" painting and then made their own.
Elijah Pierce ~
Supplies ~ clay, plastic plates, acrylic paint and clear glitter
The children listened to a 20 minute video in which the famous folk artist spoke about his life and his wood carvings. We carved clay rather than wood and later painted our creations. This project took two weeks for our little group to complete. We had to wait for our clay to air dry before we could paint it.