Famous Artist Series

Making Memories with Monet

Did you know Monet’s first name was Oscar? After discussing some interesting facts about the "Father of Impressionism," paint your own version of Monet’s Japanese garden bridge using acrylic paints and sponges.

O'Keefe's Ode to Flowers

Learn about Georgia O’Keefe’s love of nature and see samples of her distinct style of painting. After viewing photos of local flowers, create an open composition by blending chalk pastels in their choice of colors.

Cubist Creations

Discover how Spanish artist Pablo Picasso contributed to modern art through his art pieces. In recognition of his invention of collage, assemble a "Cubist" self-portrait using various materials.

Seasonal Themes

Falling Leaves

Using real Fall leaves as inspiration, reminisce about memories of the season, such as getting ready for school, raking, and carving pumpkins. Create a wax resistance art piece with oil pastels, watercolors, and leaf templates.

Life's a Beach

Learn about different types of beaches throughout the world and share summertime memories. Create a beach scene collage on canvas with acrylic paint, sponges, seashells, paper cutouts, and real sand.

Let It Snow!

Take a modern approach by creating "negative space" birch trees with blended chalk pastels over "taped trunks." Add a little sparkle with "snow glitter" while sharing memories about wintertime.

Exploring the Senses

Garden Tile Mosaic

The earliest known examples of mosaics, made of colored stones, shells, and ivory, were found in Mesopotamia and date to the second half of the 3rd milennium BCE. Assemble your own mosaic on a tile from pieces of textured glass, found items, and stones.

Japanese Fish Printing

Learn about Gyotaku (from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing"), the traditional Japanese method of printing fish dating back to the mid-1800s. Create a one-of-a-kind fish print using acrylic “ink” and a real fish in season (promise, it doesn’t smell!).

Paper Marbling

Historians agree that the technique of marbling to create beautiful paper can be traced to 10th century Japan. Known as suminagashi ("floating ink"), sumi ink and tree resin placed in water create the effect. Using a technique with shaving cream and acrylic paint, create a unique piece of marbled paper.