Virtual Refrigerator Art Link Party-- Painting Like the Masters

Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up.

Trough the years I have tried to lead the boys in studing some of the masters in painting.  We've read books about famous artists and tried to paint in their same style.  I quickly outlined the books we read and the projects we've done below but you can click on any artist name to be taken to the original blog post if you'd like some more details.

Georgia O'Keefe

We read Through Georgia's Eyes and followed up with a painting on canvas.

I encouraged the boys to look through her works of art and pick one to try and mimic.  I think they did a really great job too!

Claude Monet

We started with the story Linnea in Monet's Garden, Getting to Know The World's Greatest Artists Monet,  and also used the Usborne Children's Book of Art.   To follow- up our stories we made water lilies. 

We took our watered down blue, green, pink and purple tempera paint and made a wash of background colors.  We set those aside to dry & worked on making tissue paper lilies.  Basically the boys took tiny pieces of colored tissue paper and crumpled them into tiny little balls/ bunches to look like a small flower.  I cut out lily pad shaped pieces of green tissue paper for the pads and once our color wash was dry we glued on the pads and flowers.  I love them!

Henri Matisse

We read Matisse The King Of Color, The Iridescence of Birds, Henri's Scissor's, and Colorful Dreamer: the Story of Artist Henri Matisse. 

Then we used scissors and bright tissue paper to make some collages on watercolor paper.

Jackson Pollock

We read Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Jackson Pollock and Action Jackson

We then brought watered down paints, large sheets of paper and some assorted brushes, combs, leaves, sticks, etc. and let the boys create large abstract masterpieces out on our lawn.

Vincent Van Gogh

We read Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Van Gogh and Vincent's Colors.

I let the boys look through some samples of his work and asked them to either recreate one of his paintings or try to pain in his style.

Now without further ado I invite you to grab a "magnet" and link up your arts and crafts or how- to posts below and visit some other bloggers to see what they shared on their refrigerators.

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  1. Those were some of our favorite artists to study and styles to recreate!

    1. Pulling this post together inspired me to find some more artists to study and look up some fun new art styles to copy.

  2. I bet they like the Jackson Pollock projects best, what fun to throw paint! Everyone should know a little about art.😊

    1. It was certainly one I enjoyed the most. It's always fun to play with paint and throw it around.


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