What kid isn’t fascinated by the jungle? And is there a subject matter that translates to inspiring kid’s own artwork more easily? Henri Rousseau is a natural when it comes to getting kids talking about art!
Henri Rousseau was a French Post Impressionist painter with a life story that kids will find relatable and a body of art work they will find exciting! Dig in!
When you think of art supplies does aluminum foil pop right into your head? No? Well then, you’re pretty normal. Knowing me and my penchant for making art from household supplies this weird foil print idea shouldn’t surprise you at all!
These are foil print monoprints. That means you will only to be able to make one of each image. Hence, the prefix “mono.” The foil doesn’t make the print. The foil creates a printing plate for the image to be made on. And it can be used over and over. Follow along.
The difference between shape and form can be a tricky one for kids to understand. The simplest and most direct way to make sense of it is to actually make forms! Leave the shapes on the drawing table and gather up some junk and get busy with these paper mache animal heads.
These animal busts are a great exercise in thinking three dimensionally but they are also just so darn cute. They don’t have to be perfect, either. A little roughness just adds to their primitive appeal. These are gonna hang on my wall for a long time to come.
Do you encourage digging through the recycling at your house? How about the trash? Both are fair game here and if they’re not at your house you may change your mind soon. Found object printmaking literally turns your trash into treasure.
I’ve got some ideas here to get you started but that’s all they are, ideas. You can literally make a print of anything you’re willing to coat in paint and make a mark with. Once your kiddos start thinking like a printmaker they won’t wanna’ stop!
Do you wanna grab your kid’s attention when introducing the idea of talking and writing about a famous artist? Then Vincent Van Gogh is a perfect place to start!
A quick look at his life and you can see this Dutch Post Impressionist was anything but boring. Tragic and unfortunate, yes. But also fascinating and relatable in that he was not celebrated in his day at all!
Printmaking is the bomb when it comes to art processes. There are SO many ways to do it that range from process art made with materials nabbed from the recycle bin to processes that require a lengthy list of expensive supplies and a highly skilled artist. This linocut portrait falls somewhere in the middle. Ya’ need a little “stuff” but the process and result are SO worth it!
The materials list is relatively short and the tech skills are SO manageable. The finished project, thanks to our old friend technology, gives a bold, sophisticated look that tells another story.
Is there a right answer in art or is it all subjective? Trick question, right? While lots of art is subjective learning to talk and write about art confidently involves backing up opinions with facts. These free artist study printables are a great introduction to this line of thinking.
Studying great artists and their work is an easy way to connect art vocabulary, art history facts, and subjective issues such as emotional and personal connections to artwork.
Whether you’re teaching your own kiddos at home as a homeschool mom (me) or you’re an art teacher trying to get the message across to a crowd (also me) the elements of art are a good place to start. They’re basics, building blocks for fun stuff to come.
Every piece of art work, whether created by your child or a famous artist of years past, uses at least a couple of these seven elements of art. Isn’t that cool? By learning how to define and manipulate these seven ideas your kiddo is on their way to being able to talk about, make, and appreciate art in a whole new way!