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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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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.

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

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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Footprint Gumball Machine & Starry Night

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Footprint Gumball Machine Craft - kids foot art

It is no secret that I love footprint crafts. My latest footprint crafts have been inspired by famous works of art. Last night, I felt inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I was ready to start our Starry night project and then passed by this gumball machine at the house we are staying at during our home build.

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This sparked a whole new inspiration.

Footprint Gumball Craft

Paint the heel in white & the rest of the foot in red. Press in onto a piece of paper.

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Paint the gumball machine top with red & silver paint.

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Paint the dial & gumball door on with the silver & add details with black.

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Have your child dip their little finger into different colored paint and press into the white to make the gumballs. Cute, quick & easy!

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After my detour, I went back to my main event.

Footprint Starry Night

I painted my daughter’s foot in black & then pressed it onto a piece of blue paper.

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I used a Sharpie to draw in the rest of the curvy black structure depicted by the foot .

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I used the Sharpie again to draw in the village at the bottom of the scene.

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I quickly painted the drawing. It didn’t need to be perfect.

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Next I painted in the mountains.

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And then began adding in the stars & swirls in the sky.

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I cannot wait to decorate our new home with all of our new works of art.

Footprint Starry Night - a work of art out of a child's foot

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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

Salvador Dali Inspired Paper Plate Clock Craft

 

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.

 

Pop Art - Andy Warhol inspired portrait pop art

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