Eyes on our Community

For this project I took inspiration from the artist JR (http://www.jr-art.net). JR made a global project where he pasted giant portraits of eyes onto sides of buildings, trains and rooftops in impoverished areas of the world. The eyes were printed so large that anyone could see them passing by or above. The goal of his…

Crazy Hair Day

This art project was inspire by Pablo Picasso. We spent some time looking at images of how he painted faces and distorted reality. I asked the children in the group what they thought and they said, ” it looks crazy!” I told them they were going to make their own Picasso inspired crazy faces, but…

Jungle Forest

In this activity we talked about Africa and different habitats, and the plants and animals which call the jungle, home.  I also used the topic as an opportunity to discuss recycling and how creating with reused materials is a great way to show our respect for the environment. The kids created what they imagined was…

Garden To Go

Using a cut tree log and a handful of clay, the children made their own portable gardens. We shaped the clay into different sized pots and when it dried we painted it and sealed it with a glue mixture. When the Pots were ready for planting, we mixed grass seeds in with soil and filled…

Guiding One Another

The most important focus in creating art is that the child is always enjoying themself. If they feel good and are happy during the process, their confidence is being boosted, both creativity and emotionally. Children learn to experiment in art and take risks in order to discover an outcome, and this is a skill that…

Plant Cell Paintings

Art is the perfect medium to teach children science through. For this workshop we collected leaves from a garden and examined them under a magnifying glass. I explained to the children that when seen under an even stronger lens, such as a microscope, the cells inside the plant would be visible. We talked about cells…

Gustav Klimt

I wanted to introduce the children in this group to a classic artist, and so I chose one of my favorites, Gustav Klimt. Aside from his works having a warm and magical feel to them, I thought it was important for the children to look at an image that would contain many small details. I…

Inspired by Schiele

Egon Schiele is an incredible artist, and as much as I love the pieces he creates, I realize that many of them are not appropriate or of interest to the young artists I am teaching. As I wanted to use his art to lead a specific discussion, I decided to focus on two types of…

Man and Nature

In this activity, I really wanted the children to consider the natural world and the man-made world. I wanted them to consider how the two interact, who imposes on who, and how can we coexist in a way that respects both worlds? Growing up in a city is a challenging life for a child. They…

Wood Cut Paintings

In the history of humanity, all forms of art, whether it be poetry and story telling, to painting, sculpture and music, were all first connected to and inspried by nature. Humans have always created in a way to incorporate what they see in the natureal world, or have searched for a way to mimic the…