We had some fun this week getting arty. You might remember the last time we decided to get arty the girls had a blast learning about Leonardo Da Vinci and created our own fresco paintings. They were excited to explore another old master artist this time around. We just needed some inspiration. Be sure to explore all of our amazing art projects for kids.
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Well, the inspiration came from a great book that my sister gave my daughter for her birthday, “A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures” by Heather Alexander.
This book takes kids through art history, highlighting all the masters. After flipping through the pages my youngest daughter was drawn to David Hockney. David Hockney is a British artist who works in a wide range of media. Hockney works with everything from pens, markers and photography. We did some further research and while we loved his photo-collage work, we fell in love with his brightly coloured English landscapes. The countryside has never looked so much like a colourful quilt. This piece is titled “Garrowby Hill”.
How to Make Hockney-Inspired Art with Kids
In our quest for fun after-school activities, I knew I could prepare an art project that my daughter would love. Using parchment paper as tracing paper…I was out of tracing paper…I traced the picture.
I then sat my daughter down and asked her to use whichever patterns she wanted to and create her own landscape.
I was amazed at the final product. She worked with pencil crayons for this piece. It is really lovely. The best part was that my daughter is learning about patterns in school right now. They are working on number and letter patterns. This art project fit perfectly with her school work. I love it when our home activities can support her education.
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