People – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 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
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
How Full Is Your Bucket? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:11 +0000

The books that inspired this lesson have nothing to do with art, and the illustrations were not what attracted me! What I LOVE about these books is their message. And what better way to drive home a great message than with a fun art lesson??! Inspired by a bullying episode at my school, I saw […] ]]> 4
Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:09:46 +0000

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is right around the corner!  Don’t miss the opportunity to share this important cultural tradition with your students.  Often misunderstood, this popular Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […] ]]> 1
Valentine Op-Art Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:32:00 +0000

This lesson was inspired by an Artsonia project I LOVED on Pinterest.  I knew that the boys in my 5th grade class were not going to go for the traditional valentine project this year, so adding a heart to an Op-Art hand drawing seemed like the perfect compromise!   I’ve done this project a few times […] ]]> 17
“Day of the Dead Prints” inspired by Jose Posada Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:37:00 +0000

We had a blast at my Teach Kids Art: “Day of the Dead” workshop yesterday!  I added a new project this year, “Day of the Dead Prints” – inspired by Jose Posada.  Jose Posada (1852-1913) was a prolific Mexican folk artist and political satirist from Aguascallientes in central Mexico.  Posada began learning lithography (a form of printmaking using a […] ]]> 9
Keith Haring “Action Figures” Thu, 26 May 2011 22:58:00 +0000

I found my inspiration for this lesson at Deep Space Sparkle.  It’s the end of the school year, and while this project looks fantastic on regular white paper, I needed to go a step further to really grab my 6th graders’ attention!  So, I created my sample on aluminum foil with colorful Sharpies.  The result…. […] ]]> 10
Computer Art ala Picasso! Fri, 07 Jan 2011 06:53:00 +0000

There are so many ways to be creative with a computer!  Here’s a site where you can click and drag to create your very own Picasso-like portrait. This would be a fun activity for students after learning about the real Picasso!  Be sure to check out this site’s “gallery” to see the fun others have […] ]]> 9
K Portfolios – A Purple Crayon Adventure! Tue, 07 Sep 2010 04:09:00 +0000

I’ve always loved books, so I love to start the school year off by reading an art-related story to each of my classes. My favorite “art story” for Kindergarten is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. This classic children’s tale was first published in 1955 and has been hugely popular ever since. It […] ]]> 7