Quotes can uplift us, inspire, and send is in a new direction with just a few simple words of wisdom. As an artist I often look to professional artists for tidbits of inspiration to help me get over a hump or work through a block. These are a few of my favorite painting quotes from […]
Before my TinkerLab days I oversaw school programs at a contemporary art museum where I trained docents, created curriculum guides, and gave tours to kids of all ages. To make things more engaging for children, because let’s be real, kids get antsy in galleries, we played around with a variety of fun strategies that helped […]
Looking at Art with Kids: Norman Rockwell | TinkerLab
Have you spent any time looking at art — in a MUSEUM — with your child? Even though I’m an arts educator who spent years leading gallery tours and training docents, we don’t spend as much time in art museums as I’d like because, you know, my children look at everything as a potential playground. […]
Explore Modern Artists: Painting with Edward Hopper | TinkerLab
Welcome to the first project in our newest series: Explore Modern Artists. Today we’ll take a look at one of my favorite American Artists, Edward Hopper, with a preschool-friendly painting technique. The Q-tip painting technique that we used could be applied to the work of just about any 2-D artist, so definitely take this as […]
Explore Modern Artists: Paint like Jasper Johns | TinkerLab
Today on Explore Modern Artists, we’re taking a close look at the work of American Artist Jasper Johns. For the art historians out there, Jasper Johns is technically a contemporary artist, but the piece that my four-year old and I looked at falls into the time-frame of modern art. I spent years working in modern and contemporary art […]
Exploring The Great Artists - 30+ Art Projects for Kids - Red Ted Art - Make crafting with kids easy & fun
Introducing the Great Artist to my kids is something that has been on my agenda for a long long long time. My kids are only 4yrs and 2yrs old, so of course there is still plenty of time. However, this hasn’t stopped me buying lots of wonderful art books for children (amongst our current favourites […]
Adire Eleko and Senufo Cloth (Part ONE): African Art Lesson-Lines, Shapes, Patterns, & Rhythm Art Lesson. Learn about art and history of the Yoruba people of Nigeria & the Senufo people of Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa
Are you ready for a fun new way to teach about Vincent van Gogh? Your students will not only learn about van Gogh but also do some art criticism (talking about art) during the presentation. Then they will have a blast making a sunflower drawing with Expressive Monkey's fun approach to drawing. Whe...
Art Lesson: Wayne Thiebaud Pop Art History Game, Art Sub Plans, & Assessments
Ready to liven up a dull art history lesson? Why not try a roll a dice game? This art lesson to create a Wayne Thiebaud still-life drawing is no exception. Going to be absent? Fill up your art sub plan folder with engaging, low-prep art projects that are easy to implement for substitute teachers. Te...