As I try to instill art and culture into our home, I find it is hard to find the time. So, I am looking for simple and fun activities to do with my children before they grow up on me! It can be challenging to squeeze in these art lessons now that both children are in school and the days zzzzoom on by. So, this year I am going to have an artist wall for about a month. On this wall we will add facts, quotes and pieces of art found online, in magazines or on postcards. Although we have been to the art museum, I am hoping to visit this summer with fresh new artist eyes!
I will post on our experiences and include our art projects as we go.
First, get a large binder. This will become the artist binder. As your family studies an artist you can put the information into this binder. If you have a bulletin or wall you can place into the binder after displaying for the week/month. Try to keep the facts and art work 8×10 size, so it will fit into the binder. They do have larger scrapbook sized books that would also be nice and then you could have larger sizes of artwork from the children.
Next, give each child an art journal. This can be a binder or notebook. I got my children a sketch book that has no lines.
*Tip: limited on wall space, use a science bulletin board that folds into thirds. You can display and easily put in the closet when company comes over.
Deciding your artist could come directly from the children or look into what artists you have at your closest art museum. As for me, I am starting with Gauguin because I just taught about him at my son’s school for art masterpiece and I already have a book. So, whatever your method, get started!
First session with your children or class:
Give them art journals and decorate front, include name.
Introduce artist name.
Ask what they know about artist? Make a list.
Ask what they want to know? Write responses.
Leave a blank paper labeled “What we Learned about ……”
*Write as group on large paper/poster board or dry erase board OR have each child write in their own art journal.
This could end first session or you could read book on artist or show some of the artwork and discuss what they think of the shown pieces. All of this can be found at library or on-line.
Looking forward to sharing about our first session and artist, Gauguin.