Realism – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Colorful Clay Leaves Sun, 15 Nov 2015 04:24:42 +0000

There seems to be a universal appeal when it comes to projects with leaves! Young or old, male or female…. who doesn’t like leaves?? This project is quick and easy, hard to mess up, and offers a “wow factor” as the vein impressions make these ceramic leaves look incredibly realistic! So, go out and gather some leaves while you […] ]]> 1
20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:06:59 +0000

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a person who enjoys learning about art and the artists who create it. Yet we all know people who don’t share this interest, and may even find art history to be dry and boring (gasp!). Well, art history is anything but dry and boring if you know the stories behind the paintings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […] ]]> 1
Mona Lisa – Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know! Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:56:57 +0000

My students became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mascot!  For generations, the Mona Lisa has captivated the imaginations of young and old alike. Her mysterious smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this painting, and the woman in it. But there […] ]]> 11
Art with Math – Draw a Simple Soccer Ball Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:16:20 +0000

What do you get when you combine geometry, art, and soccer?? A winning art lesson, that’s what! All the excitement of the World Cup this summer inspired me to come up with a creative way to teach kids how to draw a soccer ball. I was determined to develop a method that would be easy to teach and easy to learn, […] ]]> 4
Light Has Come! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:47:18 +0000

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 […] ]]> 1
Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood Thu, 08 Mar 2012 07:18:00 +0000

Grant Wood (1891-1942) was an American artist best known for his paintings of rural American life.  My students were fascinated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her family from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […] ]]> 2
More about Picasso…. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 01:06:00 +0000

Self-Portrait 1907 by Pablo Picasso Yesterday’s post, “Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Portraits”, left me inspired to write a little bit more about this amazing artist… Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), is often under-appreciated by people who don’t know much about him…. I usually have to remind students of “Rule #1” when teaching a class about […] ]]> 2
“Touch” Contour Drawing Mon, 25 May 2009 19:30:00 +0000

A workshop participant trying out the “touch” method of contour drawing In my last teacher workshop, I showed how students can improve their drawing skills with different types of contour drawing. In previous posts, I’ve talked about blind, memory and guided contour drawing. Last, but not least, is “touch” contour drawing. This is another great […] ]]> 7
More Contour Drawing – “Memory” and “Guided” Fri, 22 May 2009 02:42:00 +0000

“Guided” Contour Drawing by Austin, grade 5 In her book, Art for Kids: Drawing, artist and author Kathryn Temple reminds us that, “The most important thing an artist can do is pay attention.” It’s amazing how most people go through life without really looking at the world around them. Contour drawing will help you break […] ]]>
Teacher Workshop – Contour Drawing! Wed, 20 May 2009 02:01:00 +0000

“Blind Contour Drawing” of a student in my workshop! I love this quote by Kathryn Temple, author of Art for Kids: Drawing…. “Drawing has more to do with seeing than it does with holding a pencil in your hand.” So true!! In my teacher workshop last weekend (“Teaching Drawing to Kids”) we focused on how […] ]]> 1