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Oil Pastel Sunflower Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

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Par­ents often tell me about the art­work their kids did with me that they have framed and hang­ing in their home. And this is the project that most often earns a per­ma­nent place on the wall! While there’s noth­ing like adding new lessons to keep your cur­ricu­lum fresh and excit­ing, we all have projects that […]

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Celebrate famous artists with projects on their birthdays!

New! Artist Birthdays Calendar

Kids love to cel­e­brate birth­days, so what bet­ter time to intro­duce a new artist than on that artist’s birth­day? I’ve cre­ated a new page on my site to help you plan your artist birth­day cel­e­bra­tions! Just click on the “Artist Birth­days” link on my menu bar for a list of birth­days by month, com­plete with […]

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"Vincent's Bedroom in Arles", October 1888

Wishing You a “Perfectionism-Free” New Year

As a painter I shall never really count, I can feel that absolutely.” ~ Vin­cent Van Gogh, 1889, Arles Vin­cent Van Gogh never knew what a great artist he was. His paint­ings sell for mil­lions today, yet in his life­time, he only ever sold one paint­ing. What fas­ci­nates me is that he didn’t let this stop him.… […]

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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!

Reli­gious paint­ings were a favorite sub­ject of the Old Mas­ters (trained Euro­pean painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paint­ings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glow­ing light that would radi­ate out from him. This exam­ple of the Nativ­ity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]

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My very first Art Show as a parent volunteer!

How to Start an Art Program at Your Child’s School

The one ques­tion my read­ers ask more than any other is some­thing along the line of, “Do you have any advice for par­ents who want to teach Art in their child’s class?” And my answer is, yes.… actu­ally, I do! This topic is near and dear to my heart because this is exactly how I […]

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Oil Pastel Flower Inspired by Van Gogh

Oil Pastel Still Life Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

Stu­dents will be sur­prised to learn that Van Gogh was not pop­u­lar as an artist dur­ing his own life­time.… a great exam­ple that the opin­ions of pop­u­lar cul­ture do not always pre­vail!  This project usu­ally takes 2–3 fifty minute ses­sions to fin­ish, and the results are frame-worthy! Vocab­u­lary: • Vin­cent Van Gogh (1853–1890) — Dutch painter Vin­cent Van Gogh […]

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Oil Pastel Houses Inspired by Marc Chagall

Stu­dents enjoy cre­at­ing these quirky street-scapes inspired by Russ­ian artist, Marc Cha­gall.  There’s just some­thing really fun about crooked build­ings and ran­dom things fly­ing through the air! Mate­ri­als: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper #2 Pen­cil with pink eraser (the eraser is handy for “sketch­ing” your lay­out!) Oil Pas­tels “Wet wipes” for clean up Exam­ples of the paint­ings of Marc […]

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