YAY! Our new website has launched! We have worked on it for a while now and I cannot even tell you how excited I am that it is launched and done!
Anyway, I’d love to show you how it looks! And what better way to look at our magazine, video trainings and presentations than to give you free access to at least one issue. Here it is.
It is filled with pages of art projects for kids 5-10 years old.
I chose one of my favorite issues of the magazine. I just love Paul Cézanne. Check it out, maybe you will fall for his apple paintings as well. For me, it is always about the back story… did you know, why he painted over 200 paintings of the apples for 30 years? You will know it in a minute…
Just click this link and let me know what you think: https://artreekids.com/magazine/issues/2014/11/
Do not forget to check out the ‘see training materials’ to access videos, presentations and more.
Enjoy the season with Paul Cézanne and his still life paintings. Learn why he painted apples for over 30 years and why it took so long for art critics to appreciate them. Create your own still life with apples, pumpkin and squashes.
Discover how oil blends oil pastels and hairspray makes chalk pastels stick to the paper. Play around with composition and use a flashlight to shine some light on your art while you learn about highlights and shadows. Transfer your art using wet media film and test how observant you are.
Conduct a taste test, pay homage to famous artists with John Nolan and, most of all, enjoy the fall!
Click here to get started (if you subscribe now, you will get additional 12 issues of arTree at no charge).
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).
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!
Thank you, Art People Gallery, for finding these.
This week only: buy arTree subscription for only $4.99!
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Walk through Monet’s garden, make your self-portrait with Picasso and follow your dreams with Marc Chagall. There is a lot to be found!
Click here to get started!
Are you an art docent?
Teach kids about Joan Miro this month! This project introduces Joan Miro & self-portraits and it is recommended for kids in K-2 grades.
Silly Self portrait
Start with a presentation.
When you introduced Joan Miro and his work to the kids, ask them to sketch a head (with a sharpie). Show kids that they can do whatever shape they want (you may even sketch those on a blackboard – oval, square, heart…) and then show them how to make the eyes and the U-shape nose.
Then the kids can create whatever body shape they want. Just remind them to keep it simple and when they are done to ‘divide’ it or ‘visually cut’ it into several segments (they are going to be coloring each of them differently so they want to have several of them).
When they are done, give them the oil pastels (yellow, red, blue, green, black and white) and ask them to color the picture (not the background). The ones that finish early can add their favorite animal or something they like to do (soccer ball, books, etc.).
In the end, ask the kids to bring the picture over and spray it (with them) with the watercolor spray (just some watercolors in a spray bottle). For this part, make sure you have something covering the surrounding area (newsprint, mat, shower curtain or old plastic tablecloth). And be careful when you lift the picture – the watercolor may drip a little.
Here are the labels to print out for this project and attach them to kids’ artworks.
Today, I was a guest blogger on Harrington Harmonies. I have written a post about common mistakes in teaching art to kids. It is accompanied by arTree digital magazine give-away so if you are interested, click here to enter it (it ends 2/24/2014).
Here is the post:
Don’t copy the masters but use them as your inspiration.
Don’t help your kids too much, let them make their mistakes on their own!
Be ok with making a mess and not always creating the best masterpiece possible
Be careful how you praise their work!
And most importantly: have fun!
Visit Harrington Harmonies to read more about it and to win the give-away!
February issue of arTree magazine is out! Do you want to learn all there is to learn about birds, including Diana’s amazing paper sculptures?
One day Diana was walking on the beach and for the first time in her life she saw a swan. It was fighting with a couple of ducks and its flight and expression was amazing. She was fascinated. As soon as she came home she picked up some paper and tried to capture it while it was fresh I her head. After that she just couldn’t stop.
Learn more about her amazing work and the inspiration behind it! Subscribe today: http://artreekids.com/
See more of Diana’s work at her website!
We have started offering a lot of different classes for kids in the Seattle area: from preschoolers to elementary-aged kids. These are the first things on our list:
This course is now taught at Woodside Elementary school in Mill Creek, WA – and since the Monday session is already full, we will probably be adding Tuesday one as well.
If you have preschoolers at home, we are teaching this class in Mill Creek and Redmond this fall:
You can register thought the parks and recreations: Redmond and Mill Creek.
We will also be offering Halloween and Christmas Saturday workshops for kids, so stay tuned! And if you’d like to see other classes, let us know!
Brynn is a unique jewelry artist from Seattle, WA. She creates pendants and bracelets that tell a story of anyone who wears them.
And now, we have created a project inspired by her work – so that you can create your personalized jewelry as well. You just need thin wire, scissors, flat wooden shapes (or jewelry pieces), glue and the fun items you want to keep close to you.
You can make pendants with your favortie candy wrapper, Christmas wrapping paper and a pine needle from the tree, your favorite flower or pieces of your favortie (though now broken) toy, piece of your baby blanket or your favorite button… whatever you want (as long as it is not too huge and is kind-a flat).
This is how the process looks like:
And that’s it.
If you would like to see more detailed instructions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or click here) and read all about it (and Brynn) in the preview issue of the magazine!
And don’t forget to send us your creations! On September 30th we will choose a winner of the jewelry-making kit! You just have to create a project inspired by the Klimt issue of arTree, send us a picture at email@example.com (or click here to find the link) and you can be a winner too!