Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul
While we are grateful for the opportunity to highlight the contributions of amazing African-American visual artists, resources and tips throughout the year, February is one of favorite months. We begin our celebration of Black History Month 2017 by offering two new art products.
Also in time for the for the Super Bowl, our latest art lesson is inspired by the fun story, Don't Throw it To Mo! written by David Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks. The main character is a determined young athlete who saves the day for his team. Young artists will learn about multi-media art compositions by completing this art lesson.
Make sure to explore our website to learn more. Also, share how you celebrate Black History month by commenting below.
Nature is an amazing source of inspiration; especially autumn, with it's lovely colors and textures. The works of art displayed below, can be used to create fall inspired art lessons. Click on the links under each picture to discover art resources that will enhance your art lessons.
This beautiful landscape painting by Robert Scott Duncanson can be used to inspire a landscape art lesson. We offer a fun art history lesson that features him.
MInnie Evans was a folk artist whose art was inspired by her dreams. The leaves and flowers in this particular painting can be tied to the colors of leaves during fall. Our Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul resource features a portrait lesson inspired by her work.
Renowned art historian, James A. Porter painted this lovely portrait. The leaf motif and color scheme in this painting has the feeling of fall. He is featured in our Great African-American Artists Coloring & Activity 2.0 resource.
We also feature a Fall inspired Bulletin Board Trim and Banner on our website. What kind of fall inspired lessons are you teaching in your art space?
Today marks the birthday of renowned artist, Romare Bearden. This multi-faceted, award-winning artist created beautiful works of art that inspire people around the world. We have several art lessons featuring this wonderful artist, including our Great African-American Artists Calendar Resource. This summer we had the privilege of visiting the beautiful Romare Bearden park in his birthplace Charlotte, NC. The park features a lovely floral garden, children's splash fountain and a free summer concert series. Make sure to explore our website to discover all of the resources we have to offer featuring this fantastic artist.
How does Romare Bearden's art inspire you?
We love to use great children's books in the art room to foster creativity. Two of our latest art resources are inspired by two amazing children's books. The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth written by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Julia Cairns, is a wonderful story about the origins of kente cloth. After reading the story to your young artists, they will enjoy creating our 3D Spider's Colorful Web Art Lesson.
Red Yellow Blue & A Dash of White Too! is a colorful story written and illustrated by C.G. Esperanza. This story is a great way to introduce young artists to the color wheel. They will further develop an understanding of texture by creating our Colorful Batik Elephant Art Lesson. What are some of your favorite children's books to use as inspiration for art lessons?
Also, make sure to check out our Art Library link to view more fantastic books, websites and videos.
Happy New Year! We are excited about 2016 and the commemoration of Dr. King's birthday coming up in a few days. Last year we were privileged to visit the powerful memorial of Dr. King in our nations capitol which inspired this post. While there are many fantastic paintings of Dr. King, we have listed three of our favorite paintings of Dr. King that can be used as a source of inspiration for lessons in the art room. (The three paintings below are protected by copyright law and are only displayed for educational purposes. Click on each portrait to learn more about the artist who painted each portrait.)
You can download a free coloring sheet of Dr. Martin Luther King here. Share your ideas for art lessons inspired by Dr. King by commenting below.
We hope that you are having a fantastic Spring break. In this brief post, we want to share two new products featuring artists from the art resource entitled Great African-American Artists Coloring & Activity Book. You can now purchase our puzzles featuring Clementine Hunter and Jacob Lawrence to use in your art room or at home with your family. Completing a puzzle is a great way to develop critical thinking skills. Click on each link below to purchase these colorful products.
Spring is almost here and we are excited. Here are some examples of bulletin board ideas using some our latest products.
The first bulletin board idea features our colorful Elements of Design Bulletin Board Trim. Inspired by our popular Elements of Design Poster, this trim reminds students of the basic elements of design. Create a display that features a work of art and pose the question below to young art students. The painting featured below is entitled, The Arch, by Henry O. Tanner. Have each student to write their answers on a sticky note and post it on the board around the featured painting.
The second bulletin board display exhibits our new Spring Into Art Banner. This display is also framed by our Colorful Pencil Bulletin Board Trim and features student artwork. This floral art lesson can be found in Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul.
How are you preparing for Spring in your art space?
As we come to the end of February, we are reminded of all of the amazing contributions made by African-Americans to the United States. Here at www.artforthecreativesoul.com we are fortunate to celebrate the contributions made by African-American artists all year long. Beauford Delaney is one of the artists that we celebrate. By clicking on the picture on the left, you can learn more about an art history crossword activity that was created to introduce secondary students to him and his work. Take a look at the picture below. The picture on the left is by Beauford Delaney and is entitled The Exchange. The picture on the right has 6 differences. Can you spot all of the changes?
A wonderful way to highlight African-American artists in your classroom is to engage students in a fun yet informative activity. Our new resource entitled "Great African-American Artists Memory Game" will allow students to learn important facts about prominent African-American artists while having fun. The set includes 26 different artists from around the United States who played a major role in the development of visual arts during the 20th century. Much like the old game Concentration, players take turns turning over the cards in order to find matching pairs. While there are three different ways to play the game, teachers can also use the cards as inspiration for a variety of art history lessons. Click on the art resource lessons to find more creative lesson ideas for the month of February. How are you celebrating the accomplishments of great African-Americans in your classroom?
Alicia L. McDaniel
Alicia L. McDaniel is the author and creator of Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul. She is also an educator, professional artist, and lover of the arts.
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