The ABCs of Art History for Kids

Art History for Kids

ABCs of Art History for Kids at B-InspiredMama.com

I am so excited to be joining in on a fun Kid Blogger Network Series, “The ABC’s of…”  Over 60 creative bloggers have created the ABC’s of various kids topics in the following categories: Learning through Play, Arts & Crafts, Literacy & Language, Mama Tips & Tricks, and School Activities.  With my background as an art teacher and passion for art, I thought it’d be fun to share some resources for moms (and teachers) art history for kids.  Without further ado…

The ABC’s of Art History for Kids

A – Art History Apps

  • The world of apps for iPhones, iPods, and iPads has really opened up the opportunity for kids to experience art history in a fun and interactive way.  Try Van Gogh and The Sunflowers or Art Collector.

B - Children’s Books

C – Cave Painting

  • Line the walls with brown craft paper (like this art teach did) and let the kids do some cave painting. 

D – Dress Up Like Famous Artists

Little Artist Costumes from Oh Happy Day
Little Artist Costumes from Oh Happy Day

E – Expressionism

  • Have kids think about what sounds LOOK like while they create colorful abstract expressionist art like these examples from Art Lessons for Kids.

F – Frida Kahlo

G – Greek Pottery

 

Paper Mache Greek Vases from Art Lessons for Kids
Paper Mache Greek Vases from Art Lessons for Kids

 

H - David Hockney

I – Impressionism

J – Jackson Pollock

K - Gustav Klimt

 

Tree of Life Gustav Klimt Art Lesson for Kids from JujuJems Art Studio
Tree of Life Gustav Klimt Art Lesson for Kids from JujuJems Art Studio

 

L – Leonardo da Vinci

  • Paint a fresco in fresh wet plaster just like famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci. 

M – Mondrian

N – Nature Art

O – O‘Keefe

Georgie O'Keefe Flower Painting for Kids from The Art of Ed
Georgie O’Keefe Flower Painting for Kids from The Art of Ed

P – Pop Art

Q - Story Quilt

R –  Renaissance Art

S - Georges Seurat

Seurat Inspired Pointillism Art from This Mama Makes Stuff
Seurat Inspired Pointillism Art from This Mama Makes Stuff

T – Timeline of Art History

  • Find timelines to help in teaching kids about art history at The Usual Mayhem

U – Unity in Art History

V – Visit Art History Museums

  • It’s important for children to see art first hand.  Check your local area for an art museum, eve just a small one, to get your child in front of real art.  Or visit Google Art Project for a virtual museum experience.  

W - Andy Warhol

Warhol Inspired Pop Art Portraits from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Warhol Inspired Pop Art Portraits from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

X – X-Ray Art

  • Use chalk or white gel pens to create X-Ray art on black paper inspired by contemporary artist, Nick Veasey

Y – Young Children in Art History

  • The kids will relate to the art more if they see young children in it, too.  Check out I AM A CHILD for tons of examples of children in art from many time periods. 

Z – ZAP Stereotypes of What Art Should Be!

  • The more art from history you expose your child to, the broader her definition of art and creativity will become.  So, GO, Mama, explore some art with your little one!

Find all of the ABCs series at This Reading Mama or check out just the great Arts & Crafts posts here…

ARTS & CRAFTS:

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About Krissy Bonning-Gould

Krissy Bonning-Gould is a former art teacher turned full-time mama of 3 who authors B-Inspired Mama to share inspiration for simple kids crafts, family recipes, learning fun, and creative parenting.

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