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Art criticism is the discussion or evaluation of visual art. Evaluating art can be rough when we’re trying to convince kids to let go of their inhibitions and enjoy making for the sake of making. Evaluation and judgement can be harsh words. Use this free printable to gently introduce art criticism for kids in terms of the “art sandwich.”
I don’t claim the art sandwich as an original idea as I’ve seen it over and over, for years. But the concept bears repeating. Here’s my own unique take on the art sandwich and why your kids should get a taste of it!
When you think about visiting you local art museum with kids what images does that conjure up for you? Maybe a sweaty anxious mom worried that my kids are too loud, my kids don’t know proper etiquette, my kids might topple a priceless work of art. It’s a panicky world I live in, I know.
What if I told you planning some fun ahead of time along with a set of realistic expectations could make that gallery trip a success? You’re in, right?
Merriam Webster defines synonyms for creativity as cleverness, imaginativeness, giftedness, inventiveness, and originality, to name a few. Yes, that. That’s who I wanna be. The antonyms of creativity are dryness and dullness. Boo. Who would choose that? Use these free creativity quotes to remind you and your people not to take life too seriously, take risks, and think outside the box!
What I love about those definitions is nowhere is creativity defined as exclusive to the arts. Creative thinking isn’t just for “artists.” It’s a mindset that changes the way we see the world and view everyday problems.
Wanna talk art history with your kids? Then ballerinas and race horses are a good place to start, right? Edgar Degas has lots to offer in terms of work that is kid friendly and sure to spur a conversation.
Everything you need is right here for an entire lesson Degas lesson. Read some books, look at his art work, write, and talk. Maybe your kiddo will even be inspired to make some work of their own.
Whether you’re a homeschool mama (like me,) or a classroom teacher (also me,) or mom that is excited to learn alongside her kids (me too, me too) I hope these education quotes can help you illustrate your love of learning!
I have always had a love of learning. When I was young there was a note on file at our small town local library that I was allowed to check out anything I wanted, not just kid’s books as the librarian suggested. I wanted to read it all. Passing that love of reading and learning on to our four kids is a big deal to me.
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!
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!
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.