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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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5th Grade/Middle School Masterpiece Mosaic of "Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh

Masterpiece Mosaics: a Collaborative Art Project for Grades K — 8

These col­or­ful projects, which I call “Mas­ter­piece Mosaics”, were a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort by my stu­dents in grades K through mid­dle school. Each grade level cre­ated their own copy of a famous paint­ing — six mas­ter­pieces in all, on dis­play now through Christ­mas at our local art store. These were really pretty easy to do, and […]

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Matisse-Inspired Collage

When Matisse was elderly and too weak to stand at his easel, he began mak­ing col­lages with cut paper, which he called “draw­ing with scis­sors”. Henri Matisse, a French artist (1869–1953) known for his orig­i­nal­ity and strong use of color, was one of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury and a leader in […]

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Creativity takes courage!

Cre­ativity takes courage.” ~ Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) Still Life with Fruit by Henri Matisse French painter, Henri Matisse, is con­sid­ered to be one of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury. He tells us that “Cre­ativ­ity takes courage,” and he should know! His flat shapes, expres­sive abstrac­tions and vivid use of color […]

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