And impressionism was born!

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I just came across an interesting article for kids. Do you know when an Impressionist movement started?  Now, you can find out precisely when: a Texas physicist has figured out down to the the exact minute when the Impressionism art movement was born. By his calculations, it began Nov. 13, 1872, right around 7:35 a.m. local time!

Read the article here and share it with the kids. It’s a fun way to connect the common core and art once again!

Fore more art projects about Impressionists and Claude Monet, look up the May issue of arTree (5/2014).

Torn magazines to Win magaiznes

These paintings are reproductions of famous masterpieces, recreated in torn magazine pages. I love the details, colors and shapes that they used, don’t you?

Do you recognize some of them? Post a comment with a name of one of the artists (or the paintings) and I will choose one person to get arTree magazine subscription for the whole year for free!

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Thank you, Art People Gallery, for finding these.

Dream with Marc Chagall

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September issue fo arTree magazine is dedicated to one of my favorite artists: Marc Chagall. I loved his dreamy images ever since I was little and fell for his art once more when I saw his original paintings in NYC. The soft colors, wild perspective and surrealist scenes have always fascinated me… and now, I’d like to share it with you, your kids, students and friends.

In the latest arTree issue you can discover Expressionism, monochromatic colors and the art of Marc Chagall. You get to fly over your city, play violin with goats and ride on a rooster! You can decorate your windows with stained glass just like Daniel Maher and catch your bad dreams! Bake stained-glass cookies and draw a window to your imagination.
If you want to join the adventure, click here to subscribe. If you subscribe by the end of September, you receive 12 issues of arTree for no additional cost.

Learn more about Marc

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Click here to listen to a book ‘Dreamer in a Village.’

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Looking for more art ideas? Click here to get started!

Daniel Maher’s Recycled Windows

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Did you know you can take old glasses and turn them into these stunning windows?

We were very excited when we found Daniel. He is the perfect match for our September issue of the magazine, dedicated to Marc Chagall and Dreams.

So who is he? Daniel is a unique stained-glass artist. He restores old windows and creates new ones. He also recycles old glass plates, bottles and bowls into amazing windows. He puts together everything he finds: pictures of grapes from serving plates and a glass from Mr. Peanut jars or ‘little pig went to a market’ plaque, corn serving plates and a corn mash. He uses objects with history to tell stories with his art. Some are more abstract (capturing emotions) and some more narrative (telling real stories) but all of them are quite fascinating.

And how does he do it? Here’s a little preview:

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Picasso’s Head

Ever since I heard about the wire + stocking sculpture, I wanted to try it – what what better way to introduce this unique medium than combining it with self-portrait lesson dedicated to Pablo Picasso. These statues are pretty simple to make (especially for grades 2 and up) but they take a long time to dry. I used acrylic paint and still needed several coats. I’d recommend doing this if you have enough time to let it dry for couple of days before decorating it. Other than that – super fun way to introduce form, discussion about face, proportions and Cubism!

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If you want to see more ideas about Cubism, Pablo Picasso and self-portraits, click here.

Matisse and Fish

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July issue of atTree was dedicated to Henri Matisse and Fish.

What could you find there? You could learn about Henri Matisse and his colorful and bold collages. You’d find out why he made them, what else he did, why he used such bold colors and more. You would paint, collage, draw and glue a lot of different fish! You’d make a 3D aquarium, musical fish and learn about mosaics. You’d have fun with tangrams and a lot more!

If you want to get this issue, you can subscribe to the magazine and you’ll get this one (and 11 others) instantly!

If you are putting together an art docent lesson dedicated to Matisse, I’d recommend the video where you can watch Matisse work in his studio: see it by clicking here.

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More art ideas? Click here to get started!

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Or you can have the kids play a Spot-the Difference game with Matisse’s art by clicking here.

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Fun in the Sun

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How was your summer? Did you enjoy enough sunshine and absorbed enough energy for the school year? I hope so. I didn’t post anything over the summer months but I stayed busy… this is one of our free summer projects at a local library: Art in the Sun!

We found our inspiration in the art of Pueblo people, this book and Mexican suns:

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We talked about warm and cold colors and designed our suns to have a warm and cool half. We used a pencil to sketch them, sharpie to make them stand out and soft pastels to add some color into them. Then we sprayed it with a hair spray to make sure it does not smudge much. Easy and summery! Makes me wish the fall waited a little bit longer to come… though I am looking forward to the pumpkins.