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Albrecht Dürer Art Projects for Kids

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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

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!

Henri Matisse Art Projects for Kids

Monday, January 7th, 2019

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

MC Escher Party

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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My 16-year-old son has always loved MC Escher, so this year we decided to throw him an MC Escher party for his birthday. MC Escher is a modern artist who depicts surreal scenes like stairs impossibly going up and down, or water flowing up and down at the same time. He uses a lot of salamanders and fish in his designs, and he makes tesselations (rotating shapes), which you will see below in our art projects.

MC Escher Party Invitation

First we printed this coloring page, and we pasted the colored fish (we used colored pencils) onto light blue card stock paper. We outlined the fish to make them stand out, and we wrote the party information inside the card.

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MC Escher 3D Shapes

I found {aff} this book with perforated MC Escher 3D shapes. The pages are colorful and thick, and you fold each shape according to the instructions, gluing or taping the shapes together. The patterns on the shapes are from the artist’s famous paintings.

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We used these 3D shapes to decorate the center of the table. I used little fish crackers as confetti. I also gathered the art supplies that we needed for our tesselations.

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MC Escher Cake

I had to think long and hard about the cake, because the thought of making stairs go up and down on a cake seemed impossible. I toyed with many other ideas until I settled on this one. I found gummy fish at the store, and at that moment I knew what I wanted to do.

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First I baked a rectangular chocolate cake, and I tinted the frosting blue. I used a fork to make waves. Then I placed the fish coming and going, as they would in an MC Escher painting. It came out great!

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MC Escher Art Project

Here is a fun art project you can do with tessellation, where a shape is repeated over and over again, covering the entire paper:

We made modified shapes based on an equilateral triangle. We rotated the shape, using it as a stencil over and over on our paper.

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Here are some of the finished tesselations:

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Didn’t they come out great? My son thoroughly enjoyed his party!

Georgia O’Keeffe Art Projects for Kids

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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This post contains affiliate links. I was given access to the class to blog about it, which I was very glad to do.

This is the sixth and final week of Mixing with the Masters, and we are creating some fabulous Georgia O’Keeffe paintings. We created the famous “Red Poppy” with gradient painting techniques in acrylic. Our second art project was a watercolor of a delicate tulip, using advanced blending techniques from the demonstration video. Third, we painted a cow skull with mixed media. The background of the cow skull also contained blending and using various tones of one color.

Red Poppy Gradient Painting

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Alisha (the video instructor for the course) shows us how to paint this beautiful “Red Poppy” painting, using gradients, or blending the reds into the oranges. She helps us to see the endless variety of color in an enlarged flower. Georgia O’Keeffe painted many enormous flowers and was famous for causing people to enjoy details that were normally hard to see or notice.

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You could use a canvas for this project, or you can save money by painting it on watercolor paper. You will want to trim the paper to the size of the flower, if you use the printable template that is provided in the course.

Pink Tulip Watercolor

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Alisha taught us how to blend different colors in watercolor, which is hard to do unless you understand that you need to control both the pigment and the amount of water that you are using. Also, if you make mistakes, nothing is permanent, because even dry watercolor can have water added, and then the paper towel can blot it enough that you can mostly remove the color and paint on top of it.

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When my daughter shouted that she dripped the wrong color accidentally on her paper, we were able to remove it easily because of Alisha’s instructions.

Cow Skull Mixed Media

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Georgia O’Keeffe moved to a desert, so she no longer had flowers to paint. Instead, she saw bones buried in the sand, so she began painting those bones with all their details. One famous painting was of a cow skull, and this is the painting we made with mixed media. We painted gradients of blue in the background the first day. The second day we painted the red and black stripes. The third day we decoupaged the skull shape to the painting with mod podge. I cut the skull out from the worn yellow pages from a book, using the template Alisha provided in the course. We painted on top of the skull, and then we added the details of the skull.

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I was astounded by how much detail my oldest son was able to add to the skull! (It’s the first painting in the cow skull picture above.) I’ve been floored by the amount of art skills my kids have acquired through this Mixing with the Masters art class, and I highly recommend it! We focused on six of the most famous painters from history, and we learned their techniques and became even more familiar with their most famous works. My kids have also learned the background of the different art movements throughout history as well as a little about each artist’s life, enough to inculcate a greater love for art!

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