Albrecht Dürer Art Projects for Kids

January 14th, 2019

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This is the second post in the series Mixing with the Masters: Volume 2, which includes six famous artists, with three fun works of art for your kids to re-create from each artist. Last week we showed you our projects for Henri Matisse, which were colorful and slightly abstract. This week we will focus on Albrecht Dürer.

Charcoal Young Hare

Our first work of art by Dürer is made with charcoal on tan paper. You will need at least one charcoal pencil, which you can get at an art supply store. You will also need a smudger. (I’m not sure what Alisha calls the white thing that smudges. I think she gave it a name like Alfred or something. Ha!) The other pencil you will need is a white pencil, which will make the fur pop on this drawing.


The fur on the bunny is fluffier in the front than in the back. Alisha gave step-by-step instructions in the video while we drew the bunnies on our clipboards.

The Fifth Knot Carving & Printing

Albrecht Dürer carved lots of woodcut patters that looked like labyrinths. The engravings he made could be dipped in ink and pressed onto paper like an old-fashioned printing press. For this art activity, you can carve on a rubber carving block, or if you’re broke like we are, just use some left-over styrofoam from meat that you bought at the store. Make sure to wash the styrofoam with soap and water and dry it thoroughly before carving this simple knot in it:


Oh, when I say simple, I mean the one that is the shape of a snowflake, which Alisha gives the template for. We used a wooden skewer to carve on the styrofoam. I branched off and make a Celtic cross, since I’ve been fascinated with Celtic crosses for years and have a collection of them in my closet. Back when I lived in England, I loved to travel around, and Celtic crosses were really popular necklaces, especially at castle and cathedral gift shops.

Iris Yroiana Gouache & Watercolor

Dürer did a series of nature studies and botanical paintings. This iris is one of them. We used gouache and watercolor for this painting. Always make sure to use watercolor paper rather than regular computer paper when you are watercoloring. It truly makes a huge difference in your painting, as the colors soak into the paper in a much better way on the higher-quality paper.


We focused on different shades of blue and green, adding water to lighten the colors. The gouache was much brighter than the watercolors.


Once again, we had a ball discovering more about another famous artist. If you would like to grab this set of classes for your own kids, you can get them here. Stay tuned for the next artist in our series!

Henri Matisse Art Projects for Kids

January 7th, 2019


This post contains affiliate links. I was given access to the class to blog about it.

Several years ago, my kids took an online art class, where each week we focused on a different famous artist. It was called Mixing with the Masters. We created three different works of art for each famous artist:

  1. Da Vinci
  2. Rembrandt
  3. Monet
  4. Van Gogh
  5. Picasso
  6. O’Keeffe

Well, now Alisha (the art instructor) has come up with Mixing with the Masters: Volume 2, including six more famous artists. We will be focusing on our favorite three artists in this series, but you are welcome to do all six. When you’re in high school, SAT preparation and essay writing take precedence over classical art. (Sniff…) Today I would like to show you the artwork we did when we studied Henri Matisse, who was a colorful artist.

Woman with a Hat Pastel Painting

The first work of art that we created was with oil pastel crayons. Alisha provides a template to make it easier to begin with the shape of the woman with a flamboyant hat. My daughter has a sense of humor and drew a Chiquita banana hat on top of this woman. You can click the picture to see the hat better. It’s the one in the middle: the woman with the pineapple, grapes, and bananas.


It seems like Matisse just randomly splashed color around. The style of art reminds me of Picasso. Even the background of the picture has disjointed colors like a modern art stained glass window. The black outlines help to define the shape of the woman to distinguish her from the background of the piece.


I love how Alisha gives background information about each artist, why they painted the way they did, and whether they fit into the art culture of the time period. It’s really a brief study of history as well as a study of classical art techniques.

Goldfish Gouache Painting

Alisha introduced us to gouache painting, which is similar to watercolors but with more intense pigments. I like stronger, bolder colors anyway, so this was fun to do. The goldfish are in a bowl on top of a table surrounded by plants outside on a patio.


Once again, the black color defines the shape of the table and makes a good background for the fishbowl. I like how the goldfish are reflected on the top of the water.


You can print out a picture of the original artwork from Alisha’s course, so that you can see the colors that Matisse used in the painting. You don’t have to paint it all in one day. We listened to Billy Joel while painting this picture. My son Nathaniel chose to play “The Piano Man” in his last piano recital, and he was able to listen carefully to the song while painting this fishbowl. Art and music go together, and it puts us in a good mood for painting, not that the song has anything to do with fish.

Sorrows of the King Drawing with Scissors

Alisha provides a template that you can print out with the shapes of this colorful collage of a Biblical scene of David playing the harp for King Saul. My son chose to make the “frog man” on the left out of camouflage paper. You can see for yourself (clicking on the picture below, third piece) whether the “frog man” has disappeared. My daughter chose girly pink flower paper for part of the background. You can play with different colors and textures if you want.


For each layer that you add to this collage, you will need to use Mod Podge. It’s pretty messy, so make sure to use newspaper under your work. We also used old paintbrushes from when the kids were toddlers, so that they could throw the brushes away when they were finished with the project.


We enjoyed doing these colorful projects for this famous artist. If you would like to grab this set of classes for your own kids, you can get them here. Stay tuned for the next artist in our series!

Missions Trip to Texas, Part 7

December 18th, 2018


Oh, I forgot to say that before we left Dallas, Texas, we took a five-minute detour off the highway to visit the church of TD Jakes. When we pulled up to The Potter’s House, we saw there was a bar across the parking lot entrance, blocking everyone from coming in. We spoke to the man in the booth.

“We would like to get prayer,” we said cheerfully.

The man in the booth replied, “You can come back tonight for the service.”

“We won’t be in town tonight. Is there anyone here who could pray with us? Anyone. Even you?” we asked.

“If I prayed with you, I would be fired,” he said. I looked at him sadly, and he helped us to turn around because we were not allowed on the property. Prayer was prohibited apparently. The booth guy wasn’t allowed to pray with us even from his window.

My main ministry partner was deeply disturbed in her spirit. The Father was grieved at this behavior. My friend had some sharp words to say after we were on the freeway.

I guess mega-churches are all about the performances and not about ministering to people. The famous person has bouncers that make sure the famous person never interacts with regular people. It’s just really odd considering that Jesus Himself was accessible to the crowds directly, even though He was famous. No one will die before their appointed time. God protects those He loves, and there is nothing that happens that is outside of God’s hand.

From El Paso, we drove all the way to Lancaster, California, where my aunt and uncle live. I hadn’t seen them is six years, so it was wonderful to catch up with them on day 5, sharing our testimonies. We encouraged each other in the Lord.

I forgot about the bad traffic in Los Angeles. I lived in California for three years during my college days, and a lot of memories came back. We didn’t see any fires, even though some of the air was smoky. My ministry partner had never seen the ocean, so we took a quick trip to Santa Monica. We stayed for less than an hour. During that time, we felt refreshed by the Holy Spirit.

Then we shot up the Interstate-5 freeway as far as we could. The Motel 6 was completely full when we were ready to turn in for the night at 11pm, so we went to Travelodge next door, which was slightly more expensive. We were so exhausted that we might have crashed the car if we had kept going. I felt dizzy and mesmerized by the road.

The last day (day 6), we drove for 15 hours all the way to Spokane. It was Saturday night. We had left the previous Sunday, and we had arrived by Saturday night. So we were gone 6 nights (7 daytime days). We had driven 71 hours total.

Here is a synopsis of the last two days of the missions trip:

Before arriving back, we ministered to people along the way, praying for each city. The most significant moment on day 6 was when someone was texting us, “Stop NOW.” I told my friend to stop immediately. We pulled over to a diner in the middle of nowhere, and I ordered one bowl of soup and three waters. None of us was hungry, but my friend who texted me said I needed to eat soup, and she was prompted by the Spirit to tell us to stop. She was supposed to come on the trip with us (I found out later!)

The waitress came to take our order, and after my soup was brought, my main ministry friend asked the waitress, “Do you believe in Jesus Christ?”

She said yes, that she had given her life to Christ as a child and been baptized, but that now she practiced wicca. My ministry partner already knew that she was a practicing witch and continued the conversation while I prayed over my soup, asking God to bless it. I was suddenly very hungry, and the soup tasted wonderful.

The witch asked us to pray for her, so my ministry partner prayed mightily over her, binding the spirits on her and setting her free from oppression so that she could give her life back to Jesus Christ.

After the prayer, the waitress hugged my friend. She burst out with joy, and she hugged my friend again. By this time I was out of the building, and my friend said the ex-witch hugged her three times!

When we got back to Spokane, it was nearly midnight, and we were exhausted. My main ministry friend commanded me to write our story, and here it is. Thus concludes our missions trip to Texas.

Missions Trip to Texas, Part 6

December 17th, 2018


Waking up from El Paso on day 4, one of my ministry partners said we were leaving ice to go towards fire. Literally, we had navigated through black ice through a snowy pass with no snow tires (something that was supposedly impossible) a few days earlier to now pointing our car to the raging fires of California.

We were between fire and ice.

Here is a synopsis of day 4 of our missionary journey to Texas:

I wish I’d had coffee before entering New Mexico. There was a LOT of witchcraft throughout the entire drive through the state. The Holy Spirit prompted us to eat and drink nothing in this state. I said, “Bummer!” to myself because I wanted coffee.

We had to stop once to get gas and go to the bathroom. There were shriveled heads and other shaman items from witch doctors hanging all over the store. We prayed against all of it. Even in the car on the drive through the state, I did deliverance over the area in Spanish, praying and singing hymns in Spanish while taking authority over the area. My two ministry partners said, “Whatever you’re saying in Spanish, it’s working!” My primary ministry partner was hit so hard with witchcraft, but she experienced relief after the deliverance was done.

I felt that our car was a beacon of light in the darkness, a match lighting a spiritual spark of revival across the nation. We felt like Jesus who had nowhere to lay His head. We had nothing. We bought underwear at that Walmart in Dallas because we only had the underwear that we were wearing. We were told by the Holy Spirit to take nothing but what we picked up along the way and what God had approved for us to bring, which included our Bibles.

Now I understood when Jesus sent out His 72 followers in Luke 10, that they were to take nothing with them and minister from town to town. WOW. I just lived it.

Those followers (the true believers in Jesus) were required to leave everyone behind for a short period of time in order to proclaim the Kingdom of God from city to city. Some of these people going on short-term missions were married:

And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30

God’s kingdom matters more than anything temporal that we are doing in this life. If we do not care about the souls of the lost, or about the Christians around us who are suffering, we need to examine our hearts and ask ourselves if we love Jesus more than our own comfort.

Jesus is coming! Our time is running out. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are so few, and they are being hindered by Christians. O God, change the hearts of those who call themselves by Your name, and wake them up! May they live only for You and not for themselves and their own comfort and logic. May they look past appearances and false accusations hurled by the enemy against your true followers, and may You protect us from the harm of other Christians! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stay tuned for part 7 of our missions trip to Texas.

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