Learning about famous artists can be lots of fun and a great opportunity for children to explore different techniques and mediums. Follow along with us as we explore the different masterpieces and create ourown artistic interpretations! For each famous artist we include a suggest reading as well as a printable reference guide for the back of your child’s art. We suggest framing your creations with black construction paper for a finished look. Paste the famous artist reference card on the back of your project
What Makes a…..Series is published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are perfect for grades 6-8, or as a read aloud with late elementary students. I would recommend this set as a purchase for your classroom, it will last for years to come. We personally own these and they are filled with information about each artist and feature many colorful photographs and explanations of their work.
Claude Monet is well known for his beautiful water scenes! This is a fun (and messy) finger painting craft that will leave children with beautiful results. Students of all ages can participate in this impressionist art project which is a fantastic introduction to process-art.
Van Gogh is the name every young child knows, and Starry Night is the title they remember! Uses this fun technique to create movement on your canvas! This project requires a little bit of glue and some oil pastels so be sure to plan enough time for the glue to try. You’re students will be thrilled to present their starry night art projects to their friends and family.
Learn about POP Art with these fun and free Andy Warhol art projects for kids. These activities are great for students of all ages, with multiple levels and adaptations you can adjust for your teaching style. Students will work on process art, and can color in our free printable Warhol art templates or design their own graphics with this simple technique.
Wassily Kandinsky was known for his abstract art, especially his work with concentric circles. We’ve created a simple, yet fun art project for students learning about abstract art! Your kiddos will make a TON of Kandinsky circles with this free famous art project for kids. Best of all this low-prep project requires minimal supplies, and builds key fine motor skills with young students.
Cubism Art Project for Kids
Are your students learning about Pablo Picasso? Here is a simplistic art project in the style of Cubism that will make a great introduction to this colorful art style. Older students can apply this technique to their own drawings, and younger students can participate by filling in our free cubism art template.
Miro Art Project
Miro has an amazing surrealist quality to his work, making him a fun artist to study. Children can get creative with their doodles and have fun with this easy project. Give children a black sharpie marker and encourage them to explore lines and shapes. Show them how to make shapes inside of shapes and color block.
Here are three different ways your children can create beautiful representations of Mondrian's artwork. This is a great beginner craft for young children.
Georges Seurat Art Project
Pointillism is a fun artistic technique for any age level! Children enjoy making these representational pieces of artwork. This is a great craft for children who like to work on details. arranged on canvas to create
Jackson Pollock Art Project
Okay, what kid doesn't love to splatter paint? We're using a bit of splatter and a bit of blowing to make our Action Jackson paintings!
Henri Matisse Art Project
Matisse had a very colorful style to his artwork, and in his later years he used paper cut-out arranged on canvas to create
Van Gogh Art Project
The Potato Eaters is not only a great painting to study context but also to study light and shawdows. Children can recreate this hanging oil lamp with oil pastels.
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists is a great series for younger children. Each book features a different artist, showcasing their work, their life, and sometimes their quirkiness! There is just enough here to give children a good idea of who the artist was and some ways to identify their work.