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Van Gogh Inspired Fork Scrape Painting

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Over the last month or so, my 5 year old has become fascinated with famous artists. We stumbled across a few wonderful books at the library about DaVinci, Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh. The more that she learns about them, the more she wants to know. Her new goal in life is to become a great artist and have her work on display in a museum. Van Gogh inspired fork scrape painted The Starry Night . Art and painting projects for kids. Famous artist inspired arts and crafts

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5 Amazing How To Draw Books For Kids

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I may sound like a biased mom, probably because I am one, but I think that my 4 year old is an amazing little artist in the making. My 4 year old drew this great picture with the help of a wonderful how to draw book. See our favorite instructional books for kids and preschoolers. Great for budding artists.

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She loves to draw and I love watching her draw. As an artist myself, it is an amazing thing to see.

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She is constantly trying to learn how to draw new things. She grabs random objects around the house and draws them. She pulls up pictures on her IPad and tries to reproduce them. She is always trying to sharpen her skills and I could not be more proud.

A great tool for my budding artist has been instructional books on drawing for kids.

This is a beautiful picture that my preschooler made thanks to one of these wonderful books.

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Here are 5 amazing books for your young budding artists to try. These are great for preschoolers.

I Can Draw Animals by Usborne Playtime

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How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy

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How to Draw Flowers by Barbara Soloff Levy

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Complete FunPrint Drawing Book by Ed Emberley

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Watch Me Draw by Jenna Winterberg

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Artist Inspired Footprint Art

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Le Chat Noir Inspire Footprint Craft

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We have been enjoying making fall & Halloween crafts these past few weeks. Last night, we wanted to keep the theme going. We wanted to make a footprint black cat, but after we began another idea formed. The cat reminded me of the poster art Le Chat Noir, so we took that inspiration to make a couple of artist-inspired footprint crafts using my daughter’s cute little tootsies. Paint your child’s foot in black paint & press it into the middle of a yellow piece of paper or canvas.

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Paint a curled tail off to the side.

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Paint in the ears, the whites of the eyes & a paw in the front.

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Paint the bottom of the paper 1/3 of the way up in red. Paint a series of circles inside of each other behind the cat’s head.

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Add lines & dots to the circles to form a design. Paint in the rest of the face & add body details with a shade of gray. Add whiskers & claws to finish off your picture.

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I had so much fun with this, that we had to make one more.

The Scream inspired footprint craft

Paint the heel of your child’s foot in a light peach tone & then paint the rest of the foot in navy blue.

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Paint in the arms & hands as shown.

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Paint the bottom slat of the fence &  then the bridge by painting diagonal brush strokes in browns, yellows, oranges & blues.

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Paint two more fence slats behind the the screaming man.

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Paint the fence beams & then paint in between the fence in shades of blue.

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Paint a blue curve like shown & paint inside of it in different shades of blue following the curve. Use a thin brush to paint in light strokes of white & orange.

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Draw a double curve in the horizon. Don’t worry if you mess up a bit like I did. It all blends in the end.

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Paint in a small pool of yellow.

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Paint around the yellow in a darker shade of blue. Paint in black swirls & accents in the blue. Paint white & light blue swirls around the yellow.

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Outline the top of the double curve in yellow & mimic another yellow curve parallel to it.

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Paint in between the swirls in oranges, light blue, white & more yellows until you have finished the sky. Paint in the screaming face on the man to finish of your painting.

Footprint Craft Inspired By The Scream

These footprint crafts will make great additions to our walls.

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Footprint Craft Inspired By Edvard Munch's The Scream Le Cha tNoir Inspired Footprint Craft

11 Artist Inspired Projects For Kids

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11 Amazing Artist Inspired Art Projects For KidsI don’t know how many of you might remember the board game Masterpiece. This was one of my favorite games as a child, not because of the strategy of the game, but simply because of the artwork. It came with a deck of brightly colored cards filled with famous works of art that I loved.

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I took a lot of inspiration from those cards. I tried to recreate them & wanted to learn more about the artists that painted them. Not every kid my age shared in this interest.

Lucky for me, I have a little girl that does share in her mother’s passion for art. We draw & paint daily & have dabbled in a variety of different processes & mediums. Recently, I have been feeling inspired to introduce her to some of the great artists that fascinated me as a child.  I have found a lovely array of kid’s crafts & projects inspired by some of these greats.

Please check out all of these wonderful artist inspired crafts. Follow the links or click on the photos for craft tutorials & to learn more.

A Little Pinch Of PerfectMonet Inspired Cup Cake Liner Water Lilies 

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Red Ted Art – Exploring Klimpt: Klimpt Inspired Stamping

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Kid’s Activities Blog – Picasso Inspired Tree Ornaments

Picasso Inspired Christmas Tree Ornaments

Happiness is Homemade – Kandinsky Inspired Concentric Circles Collage

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Painted Paper In The Art Room – Georgia O’Keefe’s Inspired Poppies

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Simply Art Lessons – Klee Inspired Portraits

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Pink Stripey Socks – Matisse Murals

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Handmade Kid’s Art – Monet Toddler Art Projects

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Harrington Harmonies – Paint Like Seurat Pointillism

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Happiness Is Homemade – Piet Mondrian Inspired Art

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And from yours truly – Salvador Dali Paper Plate Melting Clocks

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Here is one bonus project that I recently discovered in my closet. Here is a Warhol inspired pop art portrait I made of my daughter a while ago.

 

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Salvador Dali Inspired Paper Plate Melting Clocks

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Salvador Dali Inspired Paper Plate Clock Craft

 

This week, I have been gathering a collection of children’s art projects inspired by famous artists for a future post. While working on this post, I felt inspired myself to do a craft with my daughter. One painting & artist that I have always found fascinating was Salvador Dali & his melting clocks. I thought this would be a simple project for Mai & I to do together while introducing her to one of the great artists & also teaching her about time & numbers.

 

What you will need:

A paper plate

Paint

Construction paper

Glue

 

Directions:

Crumple up a paper plate & bend into a wavy pattern.

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Paint around the outside ridged portion of the plate.

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Paint 2 clock arms & 2 circles (one big, one small) onto a piece of construction paper in the same color as used above & then cut out.

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Glue the larger circle to the top center of the paper plate. Glue the clock arms onto the center of the plate with the smaller circle in the center connecting the 2 arms.

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Cut numbers out of different colored construction paper. Make them skewed or wavy.

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Glue them around the plate making sure that the numbers are not placed too perfectly.

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Let dry & display your melting clocks.

Salvador Dali Inspired Paper Plate Melting Clocks

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