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Picasso Inspired Cubism Art For Kids

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This Picasso inspired art project is a wonderful introduction to Cubism for the kids. This is great for an individual or a collaborative project.

My daughter and I stumbled across a book at the library a couple of weeks ago and it quickly became a new favorite of ours. Emily’s Blue Period (affiliate link) is a lovely book about a young girl who wants to become an artist and is studying the works of Pablo Picasso. Emily is also struggling with big emotions about her parent’s recent split. The book discusses Picasso’s blue period, his work in collage and his Cubism style of art. My daughter, like the young girl in the book, became fascinated by Picasso. We flipped through his artwork online and read more about him. This weekend, after reading the book for the umpteenth time, she wanted to make a “cube” project.

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Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Flower Paintings

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Georgia O'Keefe inspired watercolor flower paintings for kids - exploring art history & famous artists.

My little girl loves flowers. Whenever she sees one, she picks it, she studies it, she smells it & then normally she gives it to me. She picked me a few violets this weekend. She lovingly handed her freshly picked flowers to me & asked me to smell them. I smelled them, smiled & then asked her a few questions about the violets. I asked her, what color they were & how many petals they had.

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Studying our flowers so closely, reminded me of Georgia O’Keeffe & her lovely flower paintings. I have taught my daughter about a few famous artists. At preschool, her teacher even told me that she came in one day telling her stories of Kandinsky. I was so proud.  This weekend, we had a lesson on Georgia O’Keeffe. I showed her a bunch of her famous paintings. We discussed them a little & my daughter showed me the ones that she liked & even pointed out a few that she didn’t care for. It seemed that she favored the ones with the brightest colors & did not like the ones that were mostly white. I showed her the violet again and asked her if she wanted to paint it like Georgia O’Keeffe. She said she wanted to make her own flowers. She drew her first flower with crayon on watercolor paper & then used our homemade watercolors to paint it in.

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While she painted hers, I painted the violet that she brought me.

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When she finished her first painting, she wanted to make another. “Mama, you paint too.” she told me, so we both painted another. Her paintings came out great.

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Georgia O'Keefe inspired watercolor flower paintings for kids - exploring art history & famous artists..

Let’s see if this week she goes into preschool & gives the teachers a lesson on Georgia O’Keeffe.

Georgia O'Keefe inspired watercolor paintings for kids - exploring art history & famous artists

Georgia O'Keefe inspired watercolor paintings for kids - exploring art history & famous artists..

Georgia O'Keefe inspired flower watercolor paintings for kids - exploring art history & famous artists.

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Gustav Klimt’s Birch Forest Inspired Craft

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Gustav Klimt Birch Forest Inspired Craft Project

When I was a teenage girl, I had a huge poster print that hung over my bed. It was Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. I loved this picture. I would stare at it every morning & it just made me smile. A few years back we were lucky enough to visit Austria, the birthplace of Klimt. While there, I fell in love with more of his work.

We have been tackling many artist inspired projects lately & I wanted to try one inspired by Klimt. With it being fall & with all of fallen leaves, I thought The Birch Forest would be the perfect project for me & Mai.

We started out with a light blue piece of construction paper.

I covered the top 1/3 of the paper with a piece of paper, lightly taped into place.

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I added fall paint colors to our palette. We used safety Q-tips to dot on the paint colors. The safety Q-tips are much larger than regular swaps & work great for art projects like these.

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There was a lot of surface to cover so Mai & I dotted the paper together. It is always fun when we can work as a team.

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After covering the uncovered area in paint, remove the taped on piece of paper.

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Pour gray paint on to a large flat surface. Flatten a paper towel roll & dip it into the paint at the crease.

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Stamp the paper towel roll on the paper vertically to form the tree trunks. Start with a few long trunks & then cut the paper towel roll in half.

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Flatten the tube more to form a tighter crease & continue to stamp with branches.

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After you are happy with the amount of branches that you added, dot in green between the branches on the top portion of your picture.

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Let your project dry & find a great place to hang up your new masterpiece.

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The Art Of Raising A Child

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Raising a child is a lot like creating a great piece of art.

It all begins with the birth of your child.

Your baby is like a blank canvas, pure & untouched.

You have a vision of what your creation should be.

You formulate a plan in your mind of how you will achieve this vision.

You start with a solid base. Your love & nurturing will be the backdrop.

Color & textures are introduced as you try to shape something extraordinary.

At times it can get messy & often there is splatter.

You worry as it begins to take form. Is it going to come out alright or will you mess it up along the way?

You take great care not to make mistakes, but you do.

You cannot fully erase these mistakes, but you can work around them and incorporate these flaws.

As time goes on you may get frustrated and try different methods.

Contrast and light touch your canvas, as often do strokes of blues.

As the paint dries, you sit back and admire your masterpiece.

You realize despite the mistakes that you made and the various imperfections that you have created something truly beautiful.

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