Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Great Artists .... maybe one day

At the moment I am loving the  book Discovering Great Artists: Hands on Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters  by MaryAnn F Kohl and Kim Solga.

Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
I was originally put onto it by the amazing Amy Karol otherwise known as the angry chicken. The book itself isn't that exciting to look at - just black and white with small pictures, but the ideas in it are just great. For a "not so creative but into doing art" kind of person it's excellent! Each page has a bit of a blurb about a different artist, and some simple but fun ideas for doing your own artwork, inspired by the style or subject matter of the particular artist.

We haven't got to do too many yet, but our first few have been pretty successful and good fun - although I have had to try and bite my tongue and let the girls just do it themselves.

Our first attempt was in the style of cowboy CM Russell, who painted "authentic western life", especially sunsets. Here are our attempts - we looked at sunset pictures and talked about what colours are and are not in sunsets - this mostly for Madeline's benefit who is very keen on black and brown in all pictures at present! We then set to work with watercolours to make our masterpieces. When the sunsets were all done we added a scene cut out of black paper as a silhouette. Pretty good results all in all!
 by Jasmine, aged 5 1/2
by Madeline, aged 3 1/2
Pretty cool I say. Will get onto writing about our other projects soon!

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