I-Spy Louise Nevelson!

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Texture and collaborative art project based on Louise Nevelson. It was one of the most fun and (surprisingly) quiet activities.

We talked about different textures and then went through a table filled with collected treasures to find the ones kids liked. They worked in groups of 3-4 kids. They glued all of the stuff they wanted onto a big piece of cardboard and then painted over it with white or gray acrylics.

We are planning on hanging those in the school’s art show this year along with an I-Spy game. We want to engage the viewers and let them really look for the hidden objects in the Nevelson’s inspired collages. Try it out:

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Pieter Bruegel’s Landscapes

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January issue of arTree magazine is here! And art docents at many schools started teaching the kids about Pieter Bruegel and the atmospheric perspective in his landscapes.

Hunters in the Snow, Winter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

In a shortcut: Pieter was a Flemish Renaissance landscape artist. He loved painting ordinary people at work. So, often he dressed up as a peasant and walked among them to observe and sketch them. He sometimes even went to a wedding nobody invited him to – just to be able to paint it authentically.

He also loved mountains and sketched many of them in Italy. When he got back to Netherlands he added them to many of his paintings. And it was at that time when painters started using atmospheric perspective in their work (scattering of light that makes mountains in the distance appear lighter/bluer).

That’s January’s main project in arTree magazine – and is being used by art docents at different schools in different grades. These are examples from one of WA schools: Kindergarten and 3rd grade. Mt. Rainer has never been so colorful!

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Mount Rainier by Kindergarteners (above) and St. Mary’s Lake by 3rd graders (below).

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If you would like to teach this lesson at your school, you can download and use the Power point Presentation here:

Atmospheric perspective for K-3 (Mount Rainer National Park): http://sdrv.ms/1j9wsLj

Atmospheric perspective for 3-6 (St. Mary’s Lake at Glacier National Park): http://sdrv.ms/KlUH9W

And if you would like to learn more, get all of the information and other examples, visit our website. Make your art docent program really stand out!

http://artreekids.com/

Just 2 years apart…

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Isn’t it amazing how much the kids change between 2 and 4 years of age?

They move from scribbling to drawing with a purpose – from messy circles to people, buildings, animals, and basically anything they see around themselves. Their imagination is running wild and so are their artworks. Every art is accompanied by a story that just keeps going and going… Their pictures are filled with tons of symbols and hidden meanings (and even though these are often difficult for adults to understand, they make sense and are very important).

These paintings were done by a 2-year old and a 4-year old – at the same time, following the same instructions. There is a monochromatic night sky with snow, a metallic-crayon spider web (a project my son insisted on drawing this weekend), and butterfly/dragonfly collage on a dry-powder-watercolor-treated paper.