Activities and Fireworks for American Art

May 4-8



Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Kinetic Art

2. Key Points – American Art

3. Collaborative – Four-color Rainbow

4. Language Arts – Rhyming Art

5. Math/Logic – Place Value of Art

6. Character Connection – Friendship Art

7. Big Activity – Scavenger Hunt

8. Movement - Art Relay

Fireworks

Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Make your own version of American Gothic. http://artisthebestpartoftheday.blogspot.com/2011/03/american-gothic-parody-2nd-semester.html

  • Draw a copy of American Gothic substituting your parents' or grandparents' faces. Change the implements, too, to tools that your relatives would use.

  • They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Choose a piece of art to write about. You can make up a backstory for the picture or you can describe the picture in fine detail. How many words do you use? How many more words would you need to write to get to 1000 words?

  • Make Pollock art by rolling marbles on paint, then on paper.

  • Choose your favorite artist from this week’s lesson: Grant Wood, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Hopper, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Albert Bierstadt, Robert Indiana, Jackson Pollock, Thomas Eakins, Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly. Find out how much your favorite artist sold his works for. Estimate how much your artist make for his work in his lifetime. How much are his works worth today? What is the difference? Which of this artist’s works would you want to own? What would you pay for it?

  • Make a mobile like Alexander Calder's. Write a story about the mobile you made.

  • Collect several political cartoons. Make an album with them, writing in a description for each one.

  • Hold your own exhibition. Collect the art work, design the exhibit, write the labels, install the exhibit, create announcements, hold an “opening,” and invite parents and friends to visit the exhibition.

  • Make balloon art.

  • Write art placards for everyday things. See https://youtu.be/Q6NU5K3k8Xo

  • Visit an art museum as an art critic. Write a newspaper column about what you liked and disliked about the art and why.

  • Choose five different types of art. Interview family members or friends about which is their favorite type of art from the five. Make a graph to show the results.

  • Many works of art are copied. Pick your favorite piece of art and copy it to the best of your ability. See if you can fool anyone!

  • Look at the art around your house and make up a story, song, or poem to connect them together.

  • Choose a painting and act out what you imagine is going on in the painting.

  • Choose a few items of art around the house and discuss with your family how much you think each item of art is worth and why.

  • Copy a sculpture using materials that you find in nature (leaves, acorns, flowers, etc.)

  • They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Choose a piece of art to write about. You can make up a backstory for the picture or you can describe the picture in fine detail. How many words do you use? How many more words would you need to write to get to 1000 words?

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