Albrecht Dürer Art Projects for Kids

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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.

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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:

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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.

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

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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!

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9 Responses to “Albrecht Dürer Art Projects for Kids”

  1. So beautiful! As a stick figure artist myself, I so appreciate people who are artists, and who want to share their love of artists with kids. My daughter, who is also a stick figure artist, takes the time to teach about artists in her public school class! God bless you and your work!

    • Susan says:

      A lot of us are stick figure artists! I often use stick figures when doodling in my Bible for a specific topic, to bring my attention back to it when I flip through the pages trying to find the reference for counseling others.

  2. Heather Hart says:

    I have never been great at art, but I love the hands on approach to history.

  3. Edith says:

    I admire creative people. Although the ability to create art is a gift, it can also be learnt to a certain extent. Thanks for sharing this educational and fun avenue to cultivate that in one’s kids. <3

    • Susan says:

      I see my kids growing in their artistic ability, and I know that the creativity that is fostered will help them with whatever they do in the future.

  4. I am very much an artist and appreciate this post! So cool that your kids can re-create work from the masters! Love it! I wish they had this when my girls were little! ❤

  5. We love to use art in our homeschool and this looks like fun. Thanks for the idea!

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