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.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Artists for Kids

Contemporary artists should be part of any art education program. LeRoy Neiman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, De Paul University, and at the University of Illinois. Neiman started his career as an illustrator. He became famous largely because of his creativity illustrating sports, ranging from basketball, boxing, billiards, and hockey to gymnastics, swimming, and cycling. But, he also portrays people, animals and events. Neiman brings art to kids by inspiring creativity, while they learn to paint their favorite sport or favorite animal.

Neiman was also a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago’s school for several years. He was the official artist at three of the Olympic Games for ABC Television. His images appear in the form of etchings, lithographs, silkscreen prints, sculptures as well as paintings.You can see his works at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg

What Kids Can Learn From Neiman
(Art for Kids)

Teachers of art education will be interested in this artist. Neiman likes to use primary colors in his artwork. His artwork is a great opportunity for children to learn about color theory. Children can learn about the three primary colors: red; yellow; and blue; and their capability for creating new colors.

Neiman likes to use fast-moving strokes. His artwork is dynamic and his strokes give the impression of fast-moving action. Children can learn to paint in various directions while they create their favorite animal. Art for kids promotes opportunities for freedom and self-expression.

LeRoy Neiman: Painter, inspired by "Portrait of the Lion"

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