Why Modern Art 4 Kids?
This blog is to share with other homeschooling mama's, art teachers and lovers of art some simple projects for children that draw inspiration from all things modern art. All of these projects have been road tested by my students at our homeschool co-op and my own tribe!
I have been an artist my entire life, my earliest memory of drawing was around the age of three. I willingly admit that teaching wasn't in my plans but somehow, I ended up here. Now I love it! I have a bachelor's degree in art, specifically design and illustration. I don't have a teacher's credential and haven't needed one thus far, but if I continue with teaching art in traditional school settings, I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
Since I have been a mother of six for the past eleven years, you can imagine that I haven't had much time for own creativity. But now that my youngest is three, more doors are opening up for me. I am finally realizing that this art thing is a gift and it has helped me cope with life in more ways than I can explain. Despite how busy my life seems to be, I will always make time for my creativity. And now, to pass this love down to my children and any other children who want to learn and find themselves in my classroom.
I use a variety of mediums, such as tempera paint, acrylic paint, oil pastels, watercolor, collage, color pencils, charcoal, pastels, papier mache, markers, tissue paper and scrapbooking paper, and india ink to name a few. We work on watercolor paper, bristol board, drawing paper, canvas, canvas board and construction paper. I try to use student grade materials, although with some things like oil pastels and prismacolor pencils, you have to splurge and buy the good stuff or it just doesn't come out right.
After a brief overview of the artist and their life, their modern art movement, some of their most well-known works of art, we go over technique and style and then we try to interpret it in our own way. All of the projects have been used in art classes with students of various ages. I usually start the project with one idea in mind and then when the students start working, it takes on a life of it's own.