The fourth of July has come and gone, and we're now in that magical mid-summer stretch when kids (and moms) start to look for fun things to do.
Luckily, there are lots of fun activities you can do to explore history's greatest artists, and they are all perfect projects for summer. Here are my top 3...
1. Drip Painting with Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock laid his canvas on the ground and dripped paint from above while walking around all four sides of his canvas. This is not only a really fun and kinesthetic art activity for kids (as well as a great way to introduce Pollock's art and explore Abstract Expressionism), but it's a great one to do in the summer. I buy large sheets of poster board or foam core from the dollar store, and set them out on the patio or the grass. The kids have a blast dripping colors onto their board, and when they are done, we simply hose away the mess. It's a total win-win.
2. Paint flowers like Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe is known for her vibrant paintings of flowers. She studied them, observing every contour, every texture, and every detail, and then recorded it on canvas. Turn art time into a nature study by taking a magnifying glass outside and getting up close and personal with whatever flowers you have in your backyard or local park, and then have kids paint what they see.
3. Explore nature and Monet's waterlilies
If you live near a park or garden with a water feature, this is a really fun activity. This is the time of year when the waterlilies are filling the ponds, and it's the perfect time to take a look at some of Monet's waterlily paintings, and then take your sketchpad and colored pencils (or my newest favorite-- watercolor pencils!) to the garden. You can read all about the benefits of "en plein air" painting here, and if your kids are especially keen on Monet, this guide is a fun introduction to his Haystacks series... and it's free!
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