October Art Fun!
For the Art Docents….October brings new trainees, 1st grade printmaking workshops, and 7th grade Scientific Illustration Workshops. It is the beginning of teaching in all the LGUSD classrooms. Starting the year off right with terrific lessons about critical thinking skills, elements of art and principles of design, while using famous art as our subject matter.
For most of us….costumes, candy, chilly nights are all things that come to mind in October. Try something different this year by celebrating with your kids and incorporate art.
Below are 7 ideas that might be fun and inspiring for you and your family!
The Art Docents know how fun it is to take different opportunities to teach children about famous art. As you research and look for famous artwork and get inspired to make something fun with your kids…you will be learning about art at the same time.
(Click on links below for more info on art projects and artists)
1. Create your costumes inspired from great works of art.
2. Paint or draw spooky artwork
inspired by the style of a famous painting.
3. Learn about The unexpected math behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” by watching a quick youtube video while you are painting.
by using watercolors and a straw to spread the paint.
5. Take time to talk to your child about
emotions and mental health
by learning more about the artist Edvard Munch
after watching Edvard Munch brief biography and artwork.
6. Use oil pastels to paint “The Scream”
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is widely known for his iconic pre-Expressionist painting “The Scream” (“The Cry”). Born in 1863 in Löten, Norway, famed painter Edvard Munch established a free-flowing, psychological-themed style all his own. His painting “The Scream” (“The Cry”; 1893), is one of the most recognizable works in the history of art. His later works proved to be less intense, but his earlier, darker paintings ensured his legacy. A testament to his importance, “The Scream” sold for more than $119 million in 2012—setting a new record.
7. Paint or sketch an original work of art using Pumpkins!
Thank you for your support of our non-profit organization!
Our Mission is:
To expand a child’s educational and cultural experiences in order to foster the development of more flexible, innovative and creative individuals.
This is accomplished through sequential programs and activities in art history, art criticism, aesthetics, art techniques and opportunities for creative expression.
Our Goals are:
- Introduce visual art as a tool for self-expression and personal growth.
- Develop criteria for interpreting, analyzing and critiquing art.
- Develop visual arts literacy.
- Provide opportunity for exercising critical thinking and respectful response.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of art from a variety of geographical
and historically diverse cultures.
- Provide opportunities and training for developing art skills and experiencing the creation of art.
Have an Artful October!
President of the Art Docents of Los Gatos