Try Cézanne art lessons, videos and presentations

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…

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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.

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Art Elements with Kids: Line

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In these 7 weeks, we will be discovering Art Elements: line, shape, texture, space, color, value and form.

The first one was Line. We have talked about the right definition and then looked for different kinds of lines: straight, wiggly, curly, thin, thick… then we did a little exercise: how many different kinds of lines can the kids create in under one minute? The record? 20! I was very much impressed.

We have also looked at famous artists and how they used line: Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Bridget Riley. The kids especially loved the light painting by Picasso and took a hundred guesses how he did it.

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Then we used the different kinds of lines we talked about to create our crazy hair (or beard) people. Kids really got into it. Some of them spent over 30 minutes to make their hair perfect, others made 5 drawings in that time – but they were all excited!

When they were done, we did another short project: an op art bookmark. Over the holidays I scored these amazing scrapbook papers with lines on them (the 25 sheets were for 50 cents so I have a lot of them now) and I thought they would work great for this lesson, and they did. Just a little sample of what we did:

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That was it. We hardly had any time left for cleanup. Next week: shape!

Spring into Spring

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Spring is beginning in a couple of days and we are less than two weeks away from Easter. How did this happen? Well, at any rate… it is high time to start planning the EGG-citing art projects for this month that bring some spring into your homes… I put together a lot of great projects and egg-decorating ideas (that I tried or have on my try-this-year-for-sure list) and I hope you’re going to enjoy them as much as we do. Click here to see them all.

30-pages of Art Projects for Download

The first copy of newsletter is out along with a link for a free download of the “first issue” of arTree. 

These are just some ideas from the 30-page-long magazine/lesson plan. You will find projects inspired by Mondrian, Seurat, Monet, and Matisse… games and activities, ways to make your own watercolors and much more. you can download it for free here.

And please, if you have a minute, rate arTree… it’s most appreciated!

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Have fun and stay creative!

Klee, shapes and potatoes

Paul Klee has been one of my favorite artists since I was eight. I loved his simple shapes, colors and the small black lines he used to draw in some of the tiny details. I was so jealous that our friend had Klee’s painting in her living room that I decided to do one as well. This is basically what I did (even though these pictures were created many years later the technique remained the same :))

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Simple right? Did you know that Paul Klee painted over 9,000 paintings during his life? Some were very simple and pretty small, others were much more complicated and huge. Some of his paintings were very colorful, others mostly colorless… (you can see them here) but the ones he is most famous for are those composed out of simple shapes, like this one.

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Do your kids like coloring books? Click on this image to download a .pdf coloring sheet based on one of Klee’s famous paintings and see how different it looks every time you color it. Does it look “better” with warm colors or cold ones? What if you combine them? Or not?