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April 3, 2018




April 2-6


Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Abstract art

2. Key Points – Famous artists matching game

3. Collaborative – Art gallery scavenger hunt

4. Writing – Describe This For Me - adjectives

5. Math/Logic – Art Auction

6. Genius Principle – Stream of Consciousness Writing

7. Big Activity - Pinata

8. Movement - Frozen and Posin' game


Minecraft Activities

  1. Explore various types of art

  2. Stained glass color by number

  3. Roman pots and terracotta

  4. Build Challenge – Landscape design


Upcoming Activities

  • Weekly Teen Hang Outs – Wednesdays in Santa Ana

  • 4/11 Leonardo's Birthday



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


  • Carve (and maybe cast) a statue.

  • Make some artistic patterns:

  • Trace a map of your neighborhood. Use this as a design for a painting.

  • Do some more modern art:





  • Do some silkscreening:

  • Color a coloring book page in Pointillism style.

  • Discuss with family or friends, “What is art?” Write their responses in your journal.

  • Notice art in every-day life. How much art is there in the things you see and use every day? Put sketches and commentary about these artworks in your journal.

  • Visit the The Salvador Dali Gallery:

  • Make a timeline of photography. Here is a great reference:

  • Write a poem that tells the story of the history of art.

  • A metaphor is something that represents something else, like a lion can represent a king, or a fire can represent destruction. Make your own art piece that is a metaphor for your life.

  • What is your favorite style of art? Why? Practice some of that art style.

  • Make up your own story, poem, song, or dance about a painting that you observe.

  • Draw a comic strip about some people looking at an odd piece of art.

  • Have a discussion with an art curator. What criteria are used to decide what art to collect? What criteria would you use?

  • Pretend you had a conversation with the subject of a painting. What painting would you have a conversation with? Why? What would you discuss? Write your conversation in your Journal.

  • Write a critique of a piece of art of your choice.

  • Observe a piece of art. Answer as many of the following questions as you like. Write your answers in your Journal.

    • What message is the artist trying to portray?

    • What type of painting is it?

    • What medium is used?

    • What technique is used?

    • Are there symbols in the painting?

    • When was it painted?

    • What events surrounded the work of art?

    • How does the painting make you feel?

    • Does the painting remind you of something else?

    • Do you like the painting? Explain.

  • Play some math games.

  • Explore Pixar in a Box:

  • Read fiction and non-fiction about art and artists.

  • Descriptive words are called adjectives. Do some adjective activities:

  • Start a blog. Post your photographs and artwork. add captions, and record what you are learning.

  • Make a computer generated “Rainbow Whirlygig” at this Website:

  • Identify different painting eras, styles and techniques. Write about them in your Journal.

  • Make a flip book to make pictures move.

  • Some ideas on how to have fun at an art museum:

  • While visiting an art museum, examine the placards. Figure out how old the artists were when they created their works.

  • Write art placards for everyday things. See

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

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

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

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

  • Hold your