My daughter and I love the famous artists. We also love playing around with different paint techniques. We combined the two for these Monet inspired landscape sponge paintings. The sponge created a wonderful backdrop for these impressionist style paintings. We chose Monet’s Water Lilies and Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies as our inspiration. These were quick, fun and easy, albeit a little bit messy, but we were both delighted at how they came out.
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.
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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