Matisse Artist Widget

Henri Matisse was a twentieth century French artist. His characteristic style included flat, brilliant colors and fluid lines. Later in his career, Matisse concentrated on a technique called papiers découpés (paper cutouts). Try making your own painting with Matisee-like paper cutouts:

  • Choose cutouts and drag to the canvas
  • See what changes you can make by clicking on the buttons below the canvas.
  • Print your design.
  • Have fun!

Try Action Painting Like Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) developed a unique style of abstract expressionism. He would drip paint on his canvas in order to create his paintings. His paintings used a technique called "action painting." You can create an abstract painting by clicking on the canvas above. Move your mouse to create your own action painting. Click your mouse to change colors.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Art for Kids

Host a Neighborhood Art Gathering & Show for Children

Art education takes a fun spin when you make an event out of it! What better way to promote creativity in your neighborhood than to host a get together for kids to make art and then show it off for everyone to appreciate. Dust off your easel, pull out a laundry line and get ready to whip up a fun outdoor art display! Add some lemonade and light refreshments and let the creative celebration begin!

Art for kids need not be elaborate. You can set up a couple of art stations, where kids can create model magic sculptures, paint and draw, as well as experiment with a group project (see below).

Creativity Gear - You’ll need some art supplies, such as:

Watercolor paints, brushes or sponges (fingers and hands work, too), bucket of water, roll of art paper (perfect for a group of kids), recycled computer paper, construction paper, box of crayons & markers, model magic, old newspapers (both to protect surfaces and also to roll up and sculpt), string, ribbon, a laundry line, an easel or a picnic table to display creations.

How can you inspire creativity? You can give the children a theme, such as fantasy creatures, outdoor plants or critters, or you can play music and have children tap their own imaginations.

Recycled newspaper art

What you’ll need:

Stack of old newspapers; a narrow wood rod (about 10-12 inches long); tape; scraps of ribbon or fabric and string

What they'll do:

  • Take a couple of sheets of newspaper and place the wooden rod on one corner

  • Roll the sheets of newspaper on a diagonal

  • Gently shake the rod out of the rolled paper and tape the seam

  • Collect a bunch of these rolls

  • Have kids work together to create a paper sculpture, which may look like a piece of modern art or perhaps it will take on a specific shape.

  • The rolls can be tied or taped together, although an adult may need to help the children (depending upon the ages) to secure the growing sculpture so that it does not fall over.

  • Kids can paint or embellish their work(s) of art as they see fit.

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