About Modern Art 4 Kids

I am a mother, artist, writer, and art teacher who has homeschooled for 18 years. This blog is to share with other art teachers, lovers of art and homeschooling families some simple projects for children that draw inspiration from all things modern art. All of these projects have been road-tested by students at a homeschool co-op, charter school learning center and my own tribe of six kids.

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 to achieve the best results.

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.

I'm a faithful believer in the creative spirit. Making things with your hands and your imagination boosts a person's sense of worth and self-esteem. It's also a wonderful way to calm yourself and concentrate on something beautiful, which is naturally good and uplifting for the soul.

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