I have always been very passionate about art. Since I was a sick child I often used arts and crafts as means of therapy. Art activities were always available to me at my doctors and hospital visits. My mother would buy me arts and crafts kits all the time. Now that I am mother and teacher I have infected my children with the same love and passion for the arts. When I introduce them to a new artist these are 4 steps I take. You can use these steps in art lessons for kids.
1. Read about the artist
Step one is always books! I read to my boys about the artist. I find great books that tell the story of the artist life, inspiration, and artworks.
This week I introduced the boys to Henri Mattise. Henri Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954), one of the undisputed masters of 20th century art, was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.
We started by reading Henri Matisse drawing with Scissors by Keesia Hohnson and Jane O’Conner.
2. Watch Videos about the artist
The next thing I do is watch a video about the artist. When the boys and I studied Faith Ringgold, they loved watching her read her book.
My boys love youtube and I love using youtube in our homeschool classroom.
3. Study their art work
I make sure when Im teaching my boys about a new artist that I print our art cards for them to examine the artist work. I sues like the montessori print shop, they have art cards and art books you can download and print
4. Recreate their art
Last but certainly not least I have the boys recreate one of the artist works. I look through their works to see which one I think is one that the boys could do, I study it, gather the materials, and walk them through how to recreate it.
Check this video below on how I walk the boys through recreating one of the panels in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series.