First was Impressionism. We talked about what it means and I showed different examples of impressionism from the game "Masterpiece".
|Art cards from the game "Masterpiece". This would be a fun game to play if we had more time. Could play it next time as a follow-up and discuss the different genres as we play.|
For the impressionism art activity, I had the girls tape their paper to the underside of the chair and draw a landscape picture using crayons. This was to imitate how Michaelangelo (not an impressionist but this is a fun way for the girls to draw) painted on ceilings. (I would NOT recommend, however, showing the pictures of his Sistene Chapel paintings. I mean, perhaps a distant overview but there are a lot of nudes in his creation and judgement depictions.)
The girls had fun with this activity drawing upside down. This is my favorite genre so I had fun showing different examples and telling about the different impressionist artists.
Next we discussed pointillism...creating art using dots. For this we used q-tips and watercolor. I found an example of this technique on-line here. First they drew a design with pencil then they did the q-tips. They LOVED making these paintings!
Next was abstract art. Again, I showed some examples of this type of art. I suggested that they think of an emotion and then try to draw it. For this activity we used markers. They got a little crazy with this one. It was fun.
Finally, we did realism. I had a basket of fruit and they were to draw it using a pencil. I tried to teach them a little about shading but this was the most challenging for them. None of them really liked this one too much. It was much more challenging.
|They were proud of their work!|
For a treat I made sugar cookies shaped like rainbows! The night was a hit!
For a follow up, I will encourage the parents to do Developing Talents #5- Visit an art museum, and the girls can share what they've learned about art with their parents.