Happy Birthday, George Rodrigue!

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A Little History… George Rodrigue was born on March 13, 1944 in Louisiana. While bed ridden with Polio in the third grade, George began painting. This is interesting as this is how Matisse began his love of art. In the 1990’s, George became famous for his Blue Dog Paintings. Blue Dog was the result of illustrating a book of Cajun ghost stories. While researching a “Cajun werewolf dog” or loup-garou, George invented … Read More →

Henri Matisse Purple Robe Mixed-Media

Henri Matisse’s Purple Robe with Anemones mixed-media art project for kids.

Henri Matisse may be best known for his colorful cut-outs, but I love his paintings. Purple Robe with Anemones is bright, colorful, fluid and offers a high interest level for kids. There is so much to look at: the colors, patterns, textures, etchings and perspective. I created a Purple Robe with Anemones Lesson for my Modern Masters Art Project PDF a few years ago. My students used oil pastel and tempera paint to … Read More →

Easy Cubism Art Project

An easy cubism art project to do with your kids. All you need is card stock and some colored markers.

Cubism is one of my favorite art genres to teach. Because of the influences of contemporary artists (think Romero Britto), children are familiar with how artists transforms everyday objects into geometric shapes. The earlier influences of cubism (Picasso, Klee, Cézanne and Braque) are just as fun and colorful. When I taught my Cubist-Inspired Picasso lesson to Kinders (from Fun with Movements Art Projects) , I drew a fish, cut the fish into sections and shapes. … Read More →

Happy Birthday, Winslow Homer!

Winslow Homer art projects and resources

About Winslow Homer Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 24, 1836. His mother was a watercolor artist and taught Homer how to draw and paint. When Homer was old enough, he moved to New York City to make illustrations for a magazine. When the Civil War broke out, Homer was sent to the battlefields to draw what he saw. Homer liked to show the relationships between people and … Read More →

Picasso’s Rose-Period Woven Hearts

Inspired by Picasso’s rose period, boys and girls painted and weaved their way to a beautiful heart art project.

My students focus on a weaving project in second grade and by the time the unit rolls around, it’s usually very close to Valentine’s Day. We were studying Picasso and so it made sense to talk about his Rose and Blue Period. Placing both blue paint hues and red paint hues on the tables, my students create one piece of painted paper each. You might be surprised to note that the majority of … Read More →

Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne!

A collection of Paul Cézanne art lessons and videos for kids

A little history… Paul Cézanne was born on January 19, 1839 in Provence, France. When Cézanne first began painting, his artwork was noticeably dark and serious. After a friend encouraged him to paint outside, he began to paint with short brush strokes and brighter colors. Cézanne is known for his still life paintings–mostly of household objects arranged with various fruits. Cézanne would spend hours arranging the fruit and his moving his … Read More →

Emily Carr Art Lesson Gallery from Ontario

Third and fourth grade students from Ontario, Canada create amazing Emily Carr-Inspired trees and forests. Art Lesson from Deep Space Sparkle

Brenda, an art teacher at a private school in Ontario, Canada sent me these photographs of her third and fourth grade student’s artwork. They were inspired by my Emily Carr art lesson. Aren’t they beautiful? I don’t know if you are familiar with Carr’s work but she is one of my favorite artist, even ahead of some of the great masters. Her work was inspired by Canada’s natural world and … Read More →

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.
 
 

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