Famous Artist Crafts for Kids

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.

Monet Art Project for Kids

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 Art Project for Kids

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. Your students will be thrilled to present their starry night art projects to their friends and family.

Warhol Art Projects for Kids

Learn about POP Art with this fun and free Andy Warhol art project 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.

Kandinsky Art Projects for Kids

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.

Mondrian Art Project for Kids

What is Mondrian Art? Mondrian Art originated from Piet Mondrian, a famous artist, dutch painter, and pioneer of 20th-century art abstract paintings. ur Mondrian Art for Kids is perfect for any age and ability! This beautiful artwork may look hard, but it’s so easy with our step-by-step video tutorial and instructions. Using stained glass window paint found online or in local craft stores, your child can create a beautiful masterpiece.

Seurat Painting

George Seurat Art Project for Kids

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.

Miro Art Project for Kids

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.

Piet Mondrian Painting For Kids

Here are three different ways your children can create beautiful representations of Mondrian’s artwork. This is a great beginner craft for young children.

Jackson Pollock Project for Kids

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 for Kids

Matisse had a very colorful style to his artwork, and in his later years, he used paper cut-out arranged on canvas to create beautiful, fluid scenes.

Van Gogh Art Project for Kids

The Potato Eaters is not only a great painting to study context but also to study light and shadows. 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.


Comments (14)

  • jodi Ehrsam Reply

    How come there is no “view resource” for the MIRO art project but there is for all the others?

    May 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm
    • Valerie McClintick

      Hi Jodi,

      For Miro I didn’t do a step by step guide because all we did was use sharpie markers to create lines and patterns across our paper. Sometimes adding familiar shapes. Then we used markers to fill in some of the shapes, and left some of the shapes blank.

      If I were to redo this project I would use the sharpie to make the lines thicker in some places, and spent a little more time showing examples of Miro’s work….via Google image search or something.

      Hope that helps,



      May 17, 2015 at 7:18 am
  • Jess Reply

    This is great! I recently had the realization that my son is more artistically inclined than I was giving him credit for. I’ve decided to start exposing him to art culture even though he’s only two and couldn’t decide where to start. Now I know!

    January 19, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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  • Connie Shull Reply

    Where is the cubism template for young artists?

    March 26, 2021 at 7:39 am
  • Katie Reply

    Hi there. Can you connect me to the Miro art project resource you used? It is the only one that doesn’t have the purple view resource button next to it. Thank you.

    May 10, 2021 at 12:39 pm
  • Denise Schepper Reply

    I would like to do some of these projects with my grandchildren. How do I access the artists reference cards to put on the back of their artwork?

    August 4, 2021 at 6:19 am
  • Shweta Reply

    Hello , My son wants to participate in his school art exhibition. He is required to paint or sketch or draw any artist inspired art work . I don’t have any knowledge on the same . I want to help him as he is just 6 yrs old hr needs help but since I don’t know anything about art and artist so finding it difficult to help him. It will be really kind of you if you could guide on same .
    Thank you

    September 26, 2021 at 11:21 pm
  • Dell Wood Reply

    You have such great ideas! Do you happen to know where I could find posters of each artist and their work to teach the kids about them before I do the craft? I’ve been looking and having a really hard time with that part of it. Thanks again for sharing your fantastic ideas!

    August 25, 2022 at 7:14 am
  • Gussie Marshallsea Reply

    I am interested in your projects

    September 30, 2022 at 1:08 pm

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