Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Art


Looking for something unique and creative to do with your kids during these long summer days?
Get artsy with these fun ideas:

Art picnic in the park:
1. Go to your local library and check out books about all different kinds of artists.
2. Pack a small picnic with snacks, art supplies, easel, art books, and a blanket.
3. Go through the art books with your kids. Teach them {briefly} about the impressionist and abstract styles using examples from artists like Monet and Picasso.
4. Encourage your kids to try creating a painting using the styles they have just learned about:

What would this duck pond look like if it was painted by Monet?
Can you make a self portrait in the style of Picasso?

Sidewalk Chalk:
Take to the driveway and let your kids' imaginations run wild with a little help from mom and dad. Ask questions like:

1. What would you look like if you  had the hands and feet of a giant?
2. How many different kinds of bugs can you draw?
3. Can you draw the four seasons?
4. If you were a superhero, what would you look like? What would your powers be? Can you draw a picture of you using your powers for good?
5. Can you make up a game we can play on the drive way? What are the rules?

{Of course, these exercises can be done with markers, crayons, paints etc. Use whatever medium your children prefer, or try all sorts of different ones to find out what they like best!}

{Sidewalk chalk art ~ in the style of Monet.}

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