Art in school

03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Bouquet of Peace” by Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Spain in 1881. Picasso’s father was an art teacher who encouraged his son to paint and draw. As a child, Picasso painted with extraordinary realism and talent. As an adult, he chose to use his talent to invent new abstract styles. Picasso is best known for the work he […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Tar Beach” by Faith Ringgold for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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This MLK Jr. holiday, we celebrate King’s unbounded spirit of dreaming and the belief that ‘anyone can fly’ with a fun art project based on American artist and author Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach. Tar Beach is a story of 8-year old Cassie Lightfoot, who flies through the sky on a summer night in 1939 Harlem […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “La Piñata” by Diego Rivera

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Diego Rivera was born in Mexico in 1886. He lived most of his life in Mexico, where he painted murals showing Mexican culture. His murals are similar in some ways to ancient Mayan stellae. He was married to another painter, Frida Kahlo. Rivera incorporated many interests into his paintings, including science, medicine, archaeology, political history, […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Beasts of the Sea” by Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse was born in France in 1869. At 20, Matisse was planning to become a lawyer. His studies were interrupted by an attack of appendicitis. During his long convalescence, Matisse began to paint and was encouraged to study art instead. Matisse wanted to express himself with color and shape rather than with realistic shading […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Snowy Scene” by Hiroshige

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Ando Hiroshige was born in Edo, Japan (now Tokyo) under the name Ando Tokutaro. His father was a fire chief, and Hiroshige was also a fireman before becoming a professional artist. As a child, he liked to sketch. Hiroshige was a painter and printmaker of the Ukiyo-e genre of art. These artists made woodblock prints […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Northern Humpback Whale”

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This lesson focuses on a photograph, “Northern Humpback Whale.” In the lesson you will learn to make a 3-D whale while learning about photography, endangered species and whales. Download this free whale mini art lesson. Art in Action is a national nonprofit that creates comprehensive, easy-to-teach visual arts curriculum for Kindergarten through 8th grade students.  […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: “Animals Like Us” For Lunar New Year

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For Lunar New Year, celebrate our connection with animals with a fun sheep art project based on discussions of French artist Jean Dubuffet’s The Cow with a Subtle Nose. The sheep is one of 12 animal signs from the Chinese zodiac that is determined by the lunar calendar. It is believed people born in a particular […]

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03
Apr

Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: Dia De Los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a Mexican holiday celebrated in early November where families remember their loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is not a sad one, but rather a lively festival to celebrate those who have died. The holiday has ancient roots in indigenous cultures, especially Aztec, […]

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05
Dec

Lessons Learned from Sandpiper Elementary School

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“If we didn’t have Art in Action, we wouldn’t have art at all.” Nancy Murray, Kindergarten Teacher For the past ten years all Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Sandpiper Elementary School in Redwood Shores, California have benefited from the Art in Action program. We recently spoke with Kindergarten Teacher Nancy Murray, Docent Josephine Pai, […]

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05
Dec

Reflections of the Season

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It’s always a good time to count our blessings. Fortunately for me, I am doing just fine. I feel healthy most of the time, even though when I get up in the morning I have some aches and pains. But at least I get up. My wife and I always seem so busy, but I […]

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