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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“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.… […]
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 […]
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 […]
Even Van Gogh himself would be proud of this copy of his “Café Terrace” painting, created by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auction. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auction to raise money for special programs. While many valuable items are donated to be auctioned off, the items that […]
3rd Grade Flower Drawing This is a great lesson for teaching about warm and cool colors, patterns, and artists who painted flowers, like Georgia O’Keeffe and Vincent Van Gogh. 1. Have some visual references on hand that show a variety of flower shapes.2. On 9x12 paper, draw a flower with a stem and some leaves. Don’t […]
The Courtyard of the Hospital in Arles, First Week of May 1889by Vincent Van Gogh If you are a fan of Vincent Van Gogh, you must visit this wonderful, interactive website for kids by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, called “Explore and Learn” . Here kids can learn about the life of post-impressionist artist Vincent Van […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!
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