A Summer of Art

Museums open up a world of imagination and exploration.
Museums open up a world of imagination and exploration.

With summer around the corner and kids out of school, I’ve started to think of summer plans with my grandkids.  As a GG I try to do things with my grandkids that I didn’t do with my own children.  Although my kids and I did many things when they were young, there were so many other things that I just didn’t get to. One area that I neglected was sharing with them the beauty of art. Although my kids had weekly art classes in school, it certainly wasn’t enough to truly educate kids about art.  Kids (and adults) should have at least a basic knowledge of famous works and artists.  

By now I hope my adult children can identify famous artists and masterpieces because now they have our own “little gang of 8” to teach. So, for all the GG’s and parents out that want to help your child recognize some great masterpieces, here’s a few to get you started.   We’ll start with 3 in this post but be on the lookout for additional posts on this topic.  For each masterpiece you will find a photo, the author, an overview and a link for additional kid resources.  You don’t have to “know” art. Just sit for a few minutes with your child, share the information listed and together talk about what you see. Enjoy!

3 Easy Ways to Share Art with Kids

  • Get children to love art by showing them pictures that they might find interesting and asking them questions about what they see.   
  • Read to them kid-friendly biographies and give them a chance to create art using similar techniques.
  • Give them a chance to create their own art using similar techniques as renowned artists.
Mona Lisa painted somewhere between
1503-1510

The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world.  It was created by a famous Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci.  It was painted sometimes between 1503 and 1519. The painting is worth $782 million.  It is in the Louvre Museum of Paris in France. People always wonder what she is smiling about.

Starry Night (1889)

Starry Night was painted by the Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh.  It is one of his most famous works. The sky looks like rolling waves with stars all around.  It was painted in 1889. It is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  

Oriental Poppies (1928)

Oriental Poppies was painted by the American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.  It was painted in 1928 and it was her most famous work.  Her oil paintings were of very large flowers with many details on very large canvases. The painting is in the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.

Next Month’s Artists

  • The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell
  • American Gothic by Grant Wood
Isn’t education ALL about reaching the
kids?
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