Have you noticed how the light at different times of day changes the way we see colors?
Make your kids’ “impressions” of the outdoors come to life with a fun and easy art project.
In this article I’ll show you how to transform nature photos into Impressionistic works of art with a simple photo transfer technique. Head outside with your kids and take some pictures, Monet-style.
Why Make Impressionistic Photo Transfers?
This project includes the essence of what an Impressionist observes so you can create a fun and easy photo project with your kids, Monet-style.
Do the shapes and colors in nature inspire you to be creative?
Bring your outdoor inspirations inside and create an imaginative paper garden collage with your kids.
In this article I’ll introduce you to Henri Matisse and show you how to use his “painting with scissors” technique to create a garden collage made from paper cutouts that’s inspired by the real gardens you see outdoors.
Why Paint With Scissors?
When creating art, it’s important to use all of the tools and materials available to you and explore your creativity in as many ways as possible.
To “paint with scissors,” a phrase coined by artist Henri Matisse, you cut out shapes, place them into a unique design and then glue them on paper. It may sound simple, but it’s a lot of fun. And the possibilities of what you can create are endless.
Want a fun, creative activity with a bonus art history lesson to go along with it?
In this article I’ll share the fascinating history of the illuminated manuscript. Then you and your kids can create a personalized illuminated manuscript of your own.
Why Illuminated Manuscripts?
Before the days of printing presses and mass-produced, full-color books—before the e-reader was even imagined—books were written, decorated and painted by hand, one page at a time, often by monks quietly working for hours upon hours in their monasteries.
They wrote on parchment (a stiff, flat, thin material made from animal skin that was used in ancient and medieval times as a durable writing surface) and included beautifully decorated letters, borders and important scenes, making each book a one-of-a-kind piece of ancient art.
These decorations often included radiant colors accented with gold and silver, creating a glowing, “illuminating” effect that gave these special books their name: illuminated manuscripts.
You and your kids probably don’t have the time (or the quietness) to copy entire books like the monks did, but I’ll show you a simple way to recreate the colorful, glowing, illustrated letters that fill the pages of old.
Do they spend more time in the gift shop than the galleries?
Give them a reason to stop and look, a mystery to solve, a connection to make with a masterpiece and they may start to appreciate art.
In this article I’ll show you 7 fun ways to get your kids to slow down and take a look at what’s in the art museum.
They may not become art aficionados in one visit, but they might just find something that captures their interests or inspires their imaginations.
How Can I Get My Kids to Appreciate an Art Museum?
Art appreciation can be a hard sell for kids (and many grownups, too). Art is old and sometimes weird. Museums are big and quiet. How does a kid who only has 5 or 10 or a dozen years of experience in the world make a connection with something so intimidating?
The key is to get your kids somehow to own the experience of a trip to the art museum.