I’m excited about a kids’ art-appreciation movement that’s online. While I always loved Montessori-inspired art appreciation, many of us Montessorians don’t follow up by intentionally encouraging children to create in the style or technique of a particular artist.
Today is Pablo Picasso’s birthday (born October 25, 1881). What a great day to focus on art appreciation and creation for kids! Art appreciation is wonderful for preschoolers on up, and even babies and toddlers can enjoy examples of fine artwork in their environment. Creating artwork in the style of an artist is very compatible with Montessori education, and I’ve seen many amazing examples of it on blogs that aren’t specifically Montessori blogs. Today, I want to give you some resources in case you’d like to try creating in the style of the great artists with your child or class.
Art Appreciation and Creation Resources
I have a roundup post with lots of wonderful Montessori art-appreciation ideas along with a few posts about creating in the style of the great artists: Montessori-Inspired Art Appreciation.
Kids Get Arty was started by Maggy from Red Ted Art. On a Wednesday every other month, there’s a Kids Get Arty link-up party co-hosted by Red Ted Art, The Imagination Tree, Imagination Soup, Creative with Kids, Tinkerlab, and Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.
Here are the Kids Get Arty link-up parties already published with lots of great inspiration in the linky collections: May 16, July 18, and September 12. The next Kids Get Arty link-up party will be November 14, so you have plenty of time to prepare if you’d like to participate. You can find any future Kids Get Arty link-up parties here: Kids Get Arty.
Here are Maggy’s three steps to take part:
“1) Take an Artist – any artist – be it contemporary or not.
2) Look at a piece of art by them with your children. Be it at a museum, in print or wherever!
3) Then let that piece of art inspire you to get creative. And share it with us at our link up parties!”
Maggy has two introductory posts to help you get started: Exploring the Great Artists – 30+ Art Projects for Kids and Exploring the Great Artists – 20+ Art Books for Kids.
Kids’ Art Appreciation and Art Project Pinterest Boards
I have a Kids’ Art Appreciation Pinterest Board with lots of ideas for both art appreciation and creating art in the style of the great artists. You’ll also find ideas for various art techniques on my Kids’ Art Projects Pinterest Board.
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